News and updates for faculty and staff


40th Presidential Lecture highlights how UI research affects state, world

The 40th annual Presidential Lecture will highlight the work of Witold Krajewski and Kristy Nabhan-Warren, whose research provides value within Iowa, across the country, and around the world, in a lecture titled “Rivers of Discovery: UI Research, Iowa, and the World.” The lecture will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at the International Ballroom in the Iowa Memorial Union. Learn more about what they plan to discuss and what makes this lecture series such an honor.

UI faculty member's new book presents stories of joy amid slavery

In a recent PBS installment of Amanpour and Company, Tara Bynum, professor of English and African American Studies at Iowa, talks about her new book, Reading Pleasures: Everyday Black Living in Early America, which explores the ways that four early Black writers named and expressed happiness and joy despite living during slavery.


Campus safety tips and resources following tragedy at MSU

Last week’s tragedy at Michigan State University hit close to home for many members within the University of Iowa community, and it’s natural to have questions about what campus and local authorities are doing to train for, prevent, and respond to a similar incident here. Read about the UI Department of Public Safety’s protocols and procedures and steps you can take to be informed and prepared.

Study proves first-ever link between brain immune system and epilepsy

A new study from John Manak, professor in the Department of Biology and Stead Family Department of Pediatrics, reveals a chain of events that can cause seizures to worsen. This advancement could yield more precise testing and effective medications to treat epilepsy.


Iowa instructors receive awards for innovative teaching projects

This year's Innovations in Teaching with Technology Award recipients are exploring a range of opportunities to improve student success at Iowa, from building a tool to assess language proficiency, to developing a learning analytics infrastructure to streamline personalized feedback in large courses.

Study: UI is economic powerhouse for Iowa

The University of Iowa is not just the home of the Hawks. It is an economic powerhouse for the state of Iowa, supporting one out of every 19 jobs and adding about $8 billion in additional annual value to the state’s coffers, according to a study commissioned by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. 


Hancher to announce new Broadway subscription series, new festival, and new season lineup

The University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium will offer a new Broadway subscription series for Iowa theater fans as part of its 2023-2024 season. The package will include four hit Broadway shows at a discounted price. Hancher is also planning a new October festival, Infinite Dream. Learn more about Hancher’s exciting offerings.

Are wearable health and fitness data trackers reliable?

From counting your steps to checking your heart rate, smartwatches and wearable activity trackers have become a popular way to measure our health. But how accurate are the measurements on your wearable device?


These resources help you prepare for remote or hybrid work

Information Technology Services has created a list of best practices and tips to help you succeed no matter where your office is.

A lesson from the Macbride Nature Recreation Area

Throughout life we feel the push and pull of opposing ideas around us. We may be pushing towards one goal while also being pulled in another direction. This lesson from Ellen Carman explains that we can be two opposing things at once, and these actions are allowed to exist within all of us. We are works in progress and are exactly where we need to be.


UI, Iowa City community leaders discuss benefits of an inclusive culture

Building a diverse and inclusive organization leads to better results. In this video, University of Iowa leaders and a local business executive discuss how they are working to build inclusive environments within their organizations and the benefits of having diverse voices contributing to their culture.

Join LGBTQ+ activist Jim Obergefell at the IMU

Join Jim Obergefell at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Iowa Memorial Union for a lecture sponsored by the University Lecture Committee. Obergefell draws from his unique experience at the heart of the Supreme Court marriage equality ruling to move and empower audiences to stand by their beliefs and prove that love always wins.


UI Center for Advancement to host open house

During an open house for University of Iowa employees from 3 to 5 p.m. March 1, learn about how the UI Center for Advancement engages alumni, donors, friends, and students through local and global events, educational activities, investments, fundraising (e.g., GOLD Rush, One Day for Iowa), and more. Free parking will be available in Lot 55 south of the Levitt Center.

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