News and updates for faculty and staff


Strategic plan update: Progress, accomplishments during first 6 months

Kevin Kregel, executive vice president and provost, shares how the University of Iowa is making progress on its strategic plan for 2022-2027. Visit the “Priorities and Goals” pages of the strategic plan website to read about how colleges and units across campus are putting the plan into action. 

Nabhan-Warren, Krajewski to deliver Iowa’s 40th presidential lecture

Kristy Nabhan-Warren, associate vice president for research, and Witold Krajewski, director of the Iowa Flood Center, will deliver Iowa’s 40th presidential Lecture at 4 p.m. March 2 in the International Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The lecture is titled “Rivers of Discovery: UI Research, Iowa, and the World.” Nabhan-Warren and Krajewski will explore how their research makes a difference within Iowa and around the world.


Watch 'Journey to Unity' video series highlighting culture, community, common ground

Unity Week 2023 is a campuswide effort aligned with the UI strategic plan celebrating our welcoming and inclusive environment. Watch the new “Journey to Unity” video series highlighting conversations with campus leadership on topics such as mutual respect, cultural impact, inclusivity through accessibility, and more.

UI faculty receive Mellon Foundation grant to research housing, land-use segregation in Iowa

A project proposed by University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty members Ashley Howard and Colin Gordon was one of 26 in the nation to receive a highly competitive humanities grant from the Mellon Foundation. Their project examines white reactions to Black migration in Iowa, focusing on the use of race-based property restrictions in the state’s metropolitan counties, resistance to these practices, and the implications for racial equity today.


Reminder: Complete your annual free speech training

All University of Iowa faculty and staff are expected to complete an annual training outlined by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, to better understand the rights of free expression. You will receive a reminder from the Compliance and Qualifications system in Employee Self-Service when it’s time for your annual refresher. Your participation is important to UI's continued commitment to creating an environment that protects the First Amendment rights of all members of the campus community.

Consult this guide when helping students who are experiencing distress

The Office of the Dean of Students created this quick guide for responding to a student in distress. This guide includes a list of employee resources, a list of student scenarios, and more. Consult these resources if you identify a student in need. We all can help each other.


Tips for managing emotions in the workplace

Sometimes our emotions get the best of us. It is almost never a good idea to react when we're experiencing strong emotions in the moment—a time when we are less guided by our intellect and more guided by what we are feeling. Read these tips for managing your emotions in the workplace.

6 UI programs earn ‘Best Online Program’ honors

U.S. News & World Report has ranked six University of Iowa programs among the best in the country in its new ranking of online programs.


Growing up in Brazil’s ‘City of Music’ led Coelho to career in music

Professor of Bassoon Benjamin Coelho grew up in a musical family and credits his musical beginnings to his father, who was the director of a public conservatory in Brazil. Coelho, an International Travel Award winner, recently returned to his native Brazil to perform at the Festival de Música de Santa Catarina and celebrate his father’s 88th birthday.

UI researcher finds weightlifting can extend lifespans in cancer survivors

It’s already known that aerobic exercise results in a lower mortality rate, but a UI assistant professor of health promotion took her research a step further to study cancer survivors. Jessica Gorzelitz found evidence that weightlifting alone can result in a lower risk of death in cancer survivors, while combining aerobics and weightlifting results in a much higher reduction in mortality.


UI electrochemists found water treatment company with help from JPEC Venture School

University of Iowa researchers Joun Lee and Abdulsattar Hasim Ghanim Al Saedi (Sattar) founded Pani Clean, an energy-efficient, cost-effective solution for water treatment. Read how their experience in the UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center’s Venture School informed and supported their mission, and consider signing up for the spring cohort. Applications are due Feb. 5.

Iowa alumni, playwright Hunter’s path to Hollywood is ‘Whale’ of a tale

Iowa Playwrights Workshop graduate Samuel D. Hunter talks about writing his deeply personal play, The Whale and adapting it for film—one that’s generating buzz this awards season. While he had written for TV, this was the first time he wrote for film, and he says he suspects it’s an experience he will not top.

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