News and updates for faculty and staff


Sights, sounds, and scenes from spring commencement

Relive scenes from Iowa’s spring 2023 commencement ceremonies, where more than 5,400 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students celebrated their accomplishments.

Thinking about getting an e-bike? Here’s the safety, logistical info you need to know

The spring and summer seasons are catalysts for outdoor recreation, and more people are considering e-bikes as forms of transportation and exercise. Experts from the College of Public Health and Carver College of Medicine share information you need to know before hitting the road.


Heads up! Iowa City Transit changes began this week

Be aware of several Iowa City Transit changes that began this week. The changes include earlier start times on eight Iowa City Transit routes, faster and more frequent bus services, and route realignments. Two routes will also be paused for the summer session as it does every year. If you use Iowa City Transit to get to and from work, check out the discounts for UI employees.

Study reveals who would and wouldn’t accept an incompetent boss

A study from Michele Williams, professor in the Tippie College of Business, finds that workers respond differently to incompetent bosses, depending on whether the boss is younger or older than themselves. Williams discovered that workers are more willing to accept an incompetent boss who is older and more experienced, but less likely to accept incompetence if the boss is younger and less experienced.


Assistant professor receives NSF grant to study crystals

Tom Folland, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how certain classes of crystals can be used to control direction and orientation of light waves. By carefully controlling the properties of light, researchers can create new and advanced technologies. 

Farag receives $1M to reduce errors in administering medication in K-12 schools

A team of UI researchers led by Amany Farag, associate professor in the College of Nursing, earned a $1 million grant to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of an electronic student medication record to reduce medication errors in K-12 schools.


Lang to chair National Science Foundation committee

Cornelia Lang, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and professor of physics and astronomy, has been selected to lead a committee charged with improving programming and initiatives supported by the National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency that supports science and engineering.

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