News and updates for faculty and staff

Beth Goetz

Beth Goetz named Iowa's next athletics director

Beth Goetz has been named the University of Iowa’s next Henry B. and Patricia B. Tippie Director of Athletics Chair after serving in the role as interim since Aug. 2. She begins immediately. "I am truly honored and humbled to lead Iowa's storied athletics program, and I am grateful to President Wilson and the search committee for their confidence in my leadership," says Goetz. 

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Coffey, Tilley to present UI’s 41st Presidential Lecture

Christopher Coffey, Clinical Trials Statistical and Data Management Center director and UI College of Public Health professor, and Cristina Tilley, UI College of Law professor, will deliver the UI’s 41st Presidential Lecture on Feb. 19. The lecture, titled “Pathways to Discovery: Clinical and Legal Trials, Academic Rigor, and Public Perceptions,” will explore how researchers pursue truth and share their discoveries with the public.

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Read these winter safety tips ahead of this weekend’s cold forecast

Now that winter weather has arrived, and colder temperatures are expected to continue through this weekend, it’s important to check the forecast before traveling and plan accordingly to stay safe. This webpage contains helpful information for you to consider and keep handy for the rest of the winter.

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Microsoft Copilot now available for UI employees

As the preferred AI tool for University of Iowa employees, Copilot gives faculty and staff access to generative AI with data protection. Copilot can help generate content, analyze data, summarize documents, create images, write code, learn new skills, and more. It’s a more secure alternative to other tools and will better protect UI data and intellectual property.

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New guidance and resources for using AI at Iowa

A new artificial intelligence hub for the University of Iowa outlines guidelines and use cases for faculty, staff, and students. You'll find the benefits and limitations of using AI in academics and research, a list of available AI tools, information on how to use AI securely, and more. 

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Celebrate Unity Week at Iowa Jan. 22—26

Unity Week is a campus-wide initiative that takes place Jan. 22—26 and aligns with the University of Iowa's strategic plan to celebrate our inclusive and welcoming culture through storytelling. As a university community, we benefit from sharing different viewpoints and perspectives, and we come together when we can find common ground. Departments and units are invited to share their own stories of unity from the past year. 

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How the possible partial federal government shutdown may affect UI

Funding for federal agencies supported by spending bills for Energy and Water; Agriculture; Military Construction—Veterans Affairs; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development will expire on Jan. 19 unless Congress passes a continuing resolution. The Office of the Vice President for Research is monitoring the situation closely and will post updates to this webpage. 

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6 departments redesign introductory STEM courses to improve student outcomes

A P3-funded project to improve introductory STEM courses taken by more than 11,000 first- and second-year students at Iowa is showing success. Among other initiatives, faculty have made the course objectives clearer and added peer learning assistants in biology, chemistry, computer science, health and human physiology, math, and statistics.

Stevie Veach

College of Pharmacy expert explains importance of cleaning out medicine cabinets

The start of a new year serves as a good reminder to clean out your medicine cabinet. In this Q&A, faculty expert Stevie Veach, a clinical professor in the UI College of Pharmacy, explains the potential risks of using outdated medication and offers suggestions for storing and disposing of your prescriptions.

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Pharmacy faculty member links sleep deprivation with memory loss, anxiety

Marie Gaine, assistant professor of pharmacy, is conducting important research on the quality of sleep and neurodegeneration. Gaine’s lab investigates how genetic and environmental factors contribute to neurodegenerative and psychiatric disease, including the link between sleep deprivation and neurodegeneration. Earlier this year, she was awarded a Williams-Cannon Fellowship from the Iowa Neuroscience Institute to further her research.

Nate Jenkins

Health and human physiology professor awarded grant to study heart health

Nate Jenkins, assistant professor of health and human physiology, is studying whether improving sleep quality will translate to improved cardiovascular health, as well as possible connections between adverse childhood experiences and vascular dysfunction. His work will be funded by a recent grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Elizabeth Catlett

Film celebrates life of artist, activist Elizabeth Catlett

Join the School of Art and Art History in a screening and discussion of the film, "Standing Strong: Elizabeth Catlett," from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Jan. 24 in room 240 of Art Building West. The film focuses on the life of artist and activist Elizabeth Catlett, who in 1940 became one of the first three MFA graduates from the University of Iowa and the first Black woman to receive the degree. Some of her works are on display at the UI Stanley Museum of Art, and Catlett Residence Hall is named in her honor. 

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