News and updates for faculty and staff

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With the ‘big event’ almost here, donate to Dance Marathon today

More than 1,000 students will dance for 24 hours this weekend to fundraise for our pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at the UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. The UI Dance Marathon is the largest philanthropic student organization on campus, raising more than $34 million since its inception. The 30th annual "big event" kicks off Friday at 7 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial Union. Donate now and stop by to show your support.

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How Iowa can help you spread word about your research

Communicating your work to the public and the media can boost the impact of your scholarship and open the door to new funding opportunities. The University of Iowa has several resources to increase the visibility of faculty research. Read more about faculty members’ experiences engaging in public scholarship and its benefits.

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Performance reviews provide supervisors, staff time to reflect, plan for year ahead

As the deadline for completing 2023-24 performance reviews nears, supervisors and staff are encouraged to reflect on the previous year and set goals for the months ahead. Here are some tips and resources to help you make the most of the review process.

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Book Matters returns with new work from Iowa professors

Book Matters, the series celebrating faculty authors, returns to Prairie Lights this year with events to highlight The Road from Belhaven, the new novel by Writers’ Workshop professor Margot Livesey, and The Counterfeit Coin, the recently published book from Christopher Goetz, associate professor of cinematic arts. Events are free, but RSVPs are encouraged.

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Celebrate Black History Month with campus events

The UI celebrates Black History Month throughout February and has many events for you to take part in. Black History Week originally took place the second week of February in 1926. In 1976, it was expanded to the entire month of February to recognize the significant achievements made by the Black community in all aspects of American society.  

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CLAS sustainability course requirement advances UI strategic plan

CLAS is the first college at Iowa to require sustainability as part of its general education coursework needed to graduate. This curriculum change is equipping students to be more mindful of how their actions have an impact on society—while also furthering a university strategic plan goal to integrate sustainability into the university’s teaching.

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The Daily Iowan marks first acquisition with two community newspapers

Student Publications Inc., which operates The Daily Iowan, has purchased two weekly community newspapers, the Mount Vernon-Lisbon Sun and Solon Economist. The publications will be jointly operated with the UI’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, giving student journalists an opportunity to contribute to the newspapers and gain experience in local reporting.

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Iowa remains at forefront of cochlear implant science

UI otolaryngology professor Bruce Gantz and his team have been making strides in cochlear implant science for decades, such as performing the world’s first robot-assisted electrode implant surgery. With a new grant awarded to the Iowa Cochlear Implant Clinical Research Center, Gantz looks back at his initial breakthrough and to future advancements for individuals with hearing loss.

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Discover these IT tools for improving productivity and collaboration

Microsoft Office is your first stop for improving office productivity and includes many tools to help you become more productive, collaborate in real time, and organize tasks. Office applications are available online through Office 365 and can be installed at no additional cost to all eligible faculty, staff, and students on up to five devices, including computers, laptops, smartphones, and tablets.

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Experiencing imposter syndrome? This webinar offers help

If you’ve ever felt like an imposter, you’re not alone; seven in 10 adults experience feelings of “not good enough” at some point in their lives. Join Kati Schneider, embedded staff therapist at the Tippie College of Business, in this Feb. 15 Zoom webinar to learn more about imposter syndrome and discover tips to help you work through these thoughts and feelings. Register at this link.

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Navigating disappointment while embracing opportunities

While experiencing disappointment is inevitable in our lives, both at home and at work, it often presents valuable opportunities for growth. Here are some strategies for navigating work disappointments and turning them into opportunities for self-improvement.

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Wellness event to include tips you can bring into the classroom

To encourage our students to be the best they can be, we must extend that same mindset to ourselves. Meredith Caskey, College of Education lecturer in physical activity, health, and wellness, will share mindfulness and wellness actions during a Zoom event Feb. 6 that will give you new habits to bring into the classroom.

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