News and updates for faculty and staff


Jackson, Schermer to receive honorary degrees this spring

Oliver Lee Jackson, a masterful and transformative artist, and Shirley Schermer, an internationally recognized archaeologist, will receive honorary degrees from the University of Iowa at the College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremonies on Saturday. Read more about these worthy recipients.

Reminder: Commencement ceremonies start today

More than 5,400 University of Iowa students will receive their degrees during in-person and livestreamed commencement ceremonies this weekend, beginning with tonight’s College of Pharmacy Doctor of Pharmacy ceremony and concluding with the College of Dentistry’s ceremony June 2.


Math administrator celebrates 55-year work anniversary at Iowa

Mathematics department administrator Margaret Driscol has worked for the University of Iowa for more than half a century. She started working in the department after high school to save money for college and never left. “I’m proud to work here. I like all the people I work with and those I have met over the years, and I love the students.”

Next Discover Your University event is May 17

Spots are still available at three locations for the May 17 Discover Your University day. Explore the Field House and Rec Services, the State Hygienic Laboratory, and the Trademark Licensing Program at the Athletics Hall of Fame. Or sign up now for the events that will take place on June 20.


Work at Madison and Jefferson streets scheduled to begin Monday

If you travel in the area of Madison and Jefferson streets near the IMU, please be aware of a city project scheduled to begin Monday, May 15. Extensive street patching at the intersection is expected to last three weeks. All streets will remain open and bus access will be maintained; however, various lane shifts will take place throughout the project. Delays are possible, so plan accordingly.

2 new IT tools will help keep your systems safe

Iowa information technology teams have implemented two new tools for keeping systems secure and reporting cyber scams. The always-on virtual private network (VPN) and “report message” feature in Outlook went live in March. Read more about these features on the ITS website.


Carver College of Medicine lands $28M grant to take clinical research into rural Iowa communities

The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine has received a seven-year, $28 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences to extend the reach and benefit of its research into communities across Iowa. Read more about this important grant renewal.

First-gen grad student receives NIH award to study microneedle application in diverse skin types

Valeria Cota, a first-generation college student who's completing her fourth year as a graduate student in the College of Pharmacy, is the recipient of a prestigious three-year National Institutes of Health fellowship that will allow her to continue her research on the use of microneedles to improve drug delivery through the skin.


Ditch the car and grab a bite at the Alternative Transportation Breakfast

If you’ve ever considered leaving your car at home and getting to and from campus in a different way, learn about your options the Alternative Transportation Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the breezeway between the Seamans and Lindquist centers. The free event also features a grab-and-go breakfast and bike checkups.

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