News and updates for faculty and staff


Iowa recruits national expert to lead Communication Sciences and Disorders

The University of Iowa has recruited a national expert to lead the top-ranked Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as part of the university's new Transformational Faculty Hiring Program, aimed at attracting world-class faculty to strategic programs and areas of excellence. Eric Hunter will begin on Aug. 16.

What do a pigeon and AI have in common? New Iowa research explains

Ed Wasserman, the Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology, found similarities in how a pigeon’s brain learns compared to artificial intelligence. At a basic level, a pigeon uses the same repetitive trial-and-error approach that artificial intelligence uses to “brute force” learn a scenario or pattern.


This cancer treatment is inspired by the foam on your latte

Researchers at Iowa are creating new materials that may improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. Gas-entrapping materials, or GeMs, carry large amounts of therapeutic gas into tissues, making a tumor more responsive to treatment. Foam GeMs are created in a similar way to how a barista makes foam on top of your latte.

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UIHC offers inclusive hair and skin products, setting new standard for care

To better serve a diverse patient population, UI Health Care recently became one of the first academic medical institutions to offer inclusive hair and beard care products. The products, selected by a small interdisciplinary group, are now offered in the emergency department and each inpatient unit within UI Hospitals & Clinics.

Validating feelings, caring for others can be transformative

It is not a matter of if challenging times or events will happen, it is a matter of when. The past few years have been difficult for many for a multitude of reasons. It has been a painful time with variables beyond our control, leaving us craving for respite that always seems to be somewhere beyond the horizon. Being recognized, having feelings validated, and having the presence of another caring human even for a moment is transformative.


Beware: Cyber-scams can start offline

With tax season here, beware of suspicious phone calls and other social-engineering ploys aimed at stealing your information, money, and more. Other times, scammers want access to university systems or data. In addition to evaluating every single request for personal or work-related information, these tips can help you keep your information safe.

The Writing University's guide to student literary magazines

Students with a passion for writing have a unique opportunity at Iowa to publish their original work in one of eight literary magazines, providing them with experiential learning opportunities and direct writing and publishing experience.


Dance Marathon 29’s Big Event makes in-person return

Dance Marathon returned to an in-person event for its 29th year. The largest student organization on campus raised $1,174,008.29 for pediatric cancer research, patients, and their families at UI Stead Family Children’s Hospital. Check out this photo gallery from the weekend.

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