News and updates for faculty and staff


Celebrating Iowa’s spring 2023 graduates

More than 5,400 University of Iowa students will earn degrees at spring 2023 commencement ceremonies beginning May 11. We laud all that these Hawkeyes have accomplished. Read more about what made their time at Iowa special.

Attending commencement? Find out where you should go, and when

Sixteen commencement ceremonies will take place across campus this spring. If you plan to attend a ceremony, review this article to learn when and where, who is speaking and presenting, and where you can find livestream links.


18 staff members honored with 2023 Staff Excellence Awards

Eighteen University of Iowa staff members were honored with this year’s UI Staff Council Awards for achievements ranging from excellence in service to leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

2 faculty members named 2023 UI Distinguished Chairs

The University of Iowa has named professors Mark Blumberg and Keri Hornbuckle as recipients of the 2023 UI Distinguished Chair, honoring their remarkable scholarship, teaching, and service. Blumberg, an expert in sleep and developmental neuroscience, and Hornbuckle, a leader in environmental engineering, join a prestigious group of UI faculty who have made a significant impact in their fields and at the university.


End of academic year is a good time to look forward, back

In a message to campus, President Barbara Wilson shares a short list of things she's especially proud of from this academic year, including the university’s first Transformational Faculty Hire, Mid-Career Faculty Scholar Awards, and the first Highly Prestigious Faculty Award Investiture. “We have much to be proud of in the past year, including growing our enrollment, growing external research support, and expanding our culture of distinction.”

COVID-19 benefit changes coming May 12 for UI health plan members

The COVID-19 public health emergency will end on May 11. UI health plan members are encouraged to visit the University Human Resources benefits webpage for more information about this federal policy change.


iThenticate anti-plagiarism tool now available to UI research community

iThenticate is an easy-to-use tool designed for researchers and scholars to check their original works for any instances of potential plagiarism before the submission of manuscripts, dissertations, journal articles, grant proposals, and other forms of research and scholarly work. Read more about how to start using this tool.

Meet recipients of the 2023 Stanley Award for International Research

Meet the recipients of the Stanley Award for International Research. The award, organized by the Stanley-University of Iowa Foundations Support Organization, is given annually to UI students for the pursuit of foreign research, learning activities in international studies, and career interests abroad.


2023 UI Mental Health Champion honorees announced

Six faculty, staff, and students received the university's inaugural 2023 Mental Health Champion Award. The awards spotlight exemplary leaders and ambassadors who have cultivated an environment that values mental health and its importance in the lives of those in the UI community.

14 UI students, alumni receive Fulbright awards to travel abroad

Fourteen UI students and alumni were chosen to represent the U.S. Department of State in 11 countries as Fulbright scholars during the 2023-24 academic year. The students will teach English abroad, serve in local community organizations, enroll in graduate studies at cutting-edge universities, and conduct research.


Exercise is a key component for boosting your mental health

Whether you have been an avid exerciser for years, currently exercise, or have exercised in the past, your body rewarded you with the hormones that improve your sense of well-being and mood. Read about ways in which exercise has been proven to boost your mental health and sense of well-being.

Director of UI Office of Campus Safety shares how his background influences his work

A critical aspect of creating a welcoming and inclusive campus culture is understanding that those responsible for campus safety value and support everyone in our community equally, no matter our differences. In this video, Mark Bullock, director of the UI Office of Campus Safety, shares how his background and his upbringing in a diverse household influence his work.

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