News and updates for faculty and staff

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It’s true: Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program is a destination

Over the past century, the University of Iowa has become nearly synonymous with "The Writing University," as the prestige of our writing programs has made us a destination for aspiring writers from around the world. The Nonfiction Writing Program, which began in 1976, is no exception. And now, after decades of cultivating award-winning writers, it finally has a place on campus to call its own.

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3 key features of the planned renovations to IMU

As the University of Iowa takes the next step toward a major renovation to the Iowa Memorial Union, here's a look at three key features planned for the reimagined space that will allow the university to gather many student services under one roof. The vision for the building is to become a destination space for students to hang out.

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Creative Matters series features pioneering artists, Hancher performances

The Creative Matters Lecture Series returns Sept. 19 with a conversation between composer Caroline Shaw and the acclaimed Attacca Quartet, moderated by Elizabeth Oakes, professor of instruction in the School of Music. Performances related to the lecture will take place Sept. 17 at Hancher and immediately after the lecture at Voxman Music Building. 

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Faculty: Submit your recent or forthcoming volumes to Book Matters

If you have an authored or edited title that was recently released or will be printed during the 2023-24 academic year, complete this form for recognition in the Office of the Vice President for Research's Book Matters program. Last year, Book Matters recognized more than 50 works from Iowa faculty. 

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Anna Stanhewicz receives major grant for gestational diabetes research

Anna Stanhewicz, assistant professor of Health and Human Physiology, recently was awarded a $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue her research into gestational diabetes and its long-term health effects on women who develop the condition for the first time during pregnancy.

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Why we twitch in our sleep: Mark Blumberg is onto something

In this New Yorker article, Mark Blumberg, University of Iowa Distinguished Chair and department chair of Psychological and Brain Sciences, explains how his research begins to unravel the mystery of why we sleep so much when we're young. Twitches during sleep reflect the deep connection between our brain and our body, and his research supports the idea that the brain uses REM sleep to learn about the body as it changes over time.

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Reminder: Now is a good time to make sure you're prepared for emergencies

September is National Preparedness Month, which is a great time to consider the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies both on campus and at home. While Campus Safety is available 24/7 to respond to campus emergencies, being well-informed is the first step in making sure you are prepared to stay safe and calm while you wait for help to arrive. Here are a few steps you can take to level up your preparedness.

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Reserve a branded display for your next event

If you're planning an event or booth at a conference, using a branded backdrop, table cover, or retractable banner can help set the tone on behalf of the university. But did you know these items are available for you to use? You can submit reservation requests via the brand website and your request will be confirmed by the Office of Strategic Communication based on availability. 

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Self-reflection tips that can help you discover your work-life balance tipping point

For many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic and other social issues prompted us to think more critically about our work-life balance. Realizing there may be a need for change and figuring out what to do next can be challenging work. Here are a few strategies and resources to support your own self-reflection and assessment.

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This Hawkeye is competitive on the court and in the classroom

University of Iowa women's basketball player Sharon Goodman takes academics as seriously as she does her teamwork, earning the admiration of her peers as she goes through the daily grind of sports and school. Last season, Goodman won the Elite 90 Award from the NCAA for earning a 4.0 GPA. She also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors and was named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

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