News and updates for faculty and staff

Jamel Brinkley and Kaveh Akbar

2 Iowa faculty receive prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

Jamel Brinkley, assistant professor in the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and Kaveh Akbar, creative writing professor in the Department of English, are among 188 recipients of this year’s prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. Awardees were selected from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants across 52 disciplines.

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Third-year student named 2024 Truman Scholar

C.J. Petersen, a third-year political science student, has been named a 2024 Truman Scholar, an award given to 60 U.S. college juniors with exceptional leadership potential and who are committed to careers in public service. Petersen shared more on his future plans and his passion for helping rural communities.

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Our graduating students say these faculty and staff made a difference

We asked the Class of 2024 to tell us about faculty and staff who made a positive difference during their time at Iowa. And they weren’t shy, identifying more than 1,100 people. Thank you for your contributions to the success of our graduating students. Read more about these role models and leaders here.

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We’re glad you’re here: Save the date to celebrate faculty and staff

Recognizing faculty and staff for their hard work and outstanding achievements is one way the UI supports the success of its employees. Plan to attend the inaugural Faculty and Staff Award Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. April 30 at Hancher Auditorium to join the celebration of more than 60 award recipients from across campus. Whether or not you’re receiving an award, thank you for all you do to support our missions of education, research, and patient care.

James Jorris

Staff Council update: Defining what makes a great leader

The Leadership Excellence Working Group is gathering input to help the university define the attributes of a great leader. This definition eventually will be used in leadership development programs and other resources to support emerging staff leaders. You can learn more about this project and several others in this recap of the April Staff Council meeting.

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FSA deadline: Submit 2023 reimbursement requests by April 30

If you have a HealthEquity flexible spending account (FSA), the deadline to submit reimbursement requests for your 2023 medical, dental, vision, or dependent care expenses is approaching. Unused 2023 FSA funds will be forfeited after April 30. Don’t miss your chance to get reimbursed for qualifying expenses. Log in to HealthEquity through Employee Self-Service today to start a request.

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How the power of connection can help you stay grounded, engaged at work

Social connections are an important part of our overall happiness and well-being. While finding ways to incorporate meaningful connections in our lives differs for each of us, one tool you might explore is called the 5 for 5 Connection Challenge. Read more about it to see if it might work for you.

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UI professor’s opera to make its Iowa premiere April 26

William Menefield, UI assistant professor of jazz studies, started formal music training at age 5 and hasn’t stopped creating since then. In 2020, Menefield both came to Iowa to start teaching and was commissioned by the Cincinnati Opera to compose the opera Fierce, which will make its Iowa debut at 7:30 p.m. April 26 at Hancher Auditorium. Read more about how he approached his first opera and his passion for teaching.


4 faculty named American Association for the Advancement of Science fellows

Four Iowa faculty members—Kevin Campbell, Michael Feiss, Bob McMurray, and Lori Wallrath—have been named 2023 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general-scientific society. Read more about the work of these faculty members, who were among 502 fellows selected for the award from around the globe.

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UI plans new hydroscience research building to grow program

To continue growing the UI College of Engineering’s IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering program, the university is proposing a facility expansion at the Oakdale campus that would create more space for hydraulic model studies, offices, and more. The proposed project will be considered at next week’s Iowa Board of Regents meeting.

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Renovations planned for Duane Banks Field

Next week, the Iowa Board of Regents will consider an updated proposal to renovate Duane Banks Field, home of the UI baseball team. The proposed plans include a standalone clubhouse adjacent to the existing Hawkeye dugout and new lights and turf.

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