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UI again named Top Producing Institution of Fulbright U.S. Students

For the eighth year, the University of Iowa has been named a top producer of Fulbright U.S. Students. Fifteen UI students and alumni were chosen from about 10,000 Fulbright Award applicants nationwide to teach English, serve in community organizations, enroll in graduate studies, and conduct research or creative projects in 13 countries during the 2023-24 academic year.

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Presidential lecturers share more about their talk, love for UI

Ahead of the 41st annual Presidential Lecture on Monday, hear more from this year’s lecturers: Christopher Coffey, of the UI College of Public Health, and Cristina Tilley, of the UI College of Law. In this Q&A, Coffey and Tilley highlight what they hope to share in the lecture, what brought them to Iowa, and why they love the community.

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Mayflower will be used as residence hall again in 2024-25

The University of Iowa will continue to use Mayflower Residence Hall during the 2024-25 academic year, as more than 1,500 returning students in their second, third, and fourth years have applied to live on campus.

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UI creative writing professor, new novel featured in New York Times

UI creative writing professor Kaveh Akbar’s new novel, Martyr!, is making a splash in the literary world. Akbar, who is also well known for his poetry, was recently featured in the New York Times and spoke about how his novel came to be.

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Microsoft Copilot: Your top questions answered

Microsoft Copilot is the latest AI tool available for all university employees. Are you curious about how to get started with Copilot or have questions about how it differs from ChatGPT? Learn the answers to common questions like these, as well as practical tips on how to leverage this cutting-edge AI companion.

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5 tools to take your research to the next level in the new year

The UI wants to help you spread the word about the great research being done on campus. Explore the resources available through the Office of the Vice President for Research to help you achieve your research and scholarship goals, from reviews of grant proposals to sharing your work with new audiences.

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Friends on winning streak with Hawkeye Home Game Challenge

Inspired by attending an Iowa women’s soccer game in August, Barbara Thomas and Margaret Adams created their own Hawkeye Home Game Challenge. Their goal is to attend at least one home game for every UI athletics program this academic year. Their challenge has since spanned 17 Hawkeye sports and deepened their friendship.

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Meeting at Main Library sparks 50-year love story

Harry and Georgia Mihm grew up about an hour away from one another but never met until they began studying at the same table in the Main Library in the 1960s. That chance encounter led to the couple getting married in 1970 and raising a family in the Quad Cities. They have plans to visit the place where their love story began the next time they are in Iowa City.

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Practicing self-compassion can help you more objectively evaluate your performance

When you turn your compassion inward, you can begin to hold your worth separate from your performance. Then, when you evaluate your performance and find room for growth, your sense of self is not dismantled. Self-compassion is also associated with increased resilience and motivation to take personal responsibility for your actions.

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Register now for UI brand training overview

Because we all have a role to play in delivering on the university’s brand promise, overview training is available for you to gain a better understanding of who we are, what makes us unique, how to leverage our visual identity, and the resources available to help bring it all together. Register via My Training in your Employee Self-Service.

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On Pointe: Les Ballets combines comedy, ballet at Hancher

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, the world’s foremost all-male comic ballet company, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at Hancher Auditorium. The program will encompass the company’s 50 years of work, including their signature ballets Swan Lake Act II: Le Lac Des Cygnes and The Dying Swan.

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Documentary explores the effect of screen time on kids

The documentary Screenagers, from physician and filmmaker Delany Ruston, explores the effect of screen time on our youth and the struggles families face finding balance in the digital world. The film will be shown at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Iowa Memorial Union, followed by a discussion session with UI faculty experts on the topic. Register now to attend the free screening.

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