News and updates for faculty and staff


Welsh among elite group to receive Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences

Michael Welsh, professor of internal medicine at Iowa, will receive the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences for discoveries leading to the creation of cystic fibrosis treatments that have improved and extended the lives of patients living with the disease. Welsh has been leading groups of scientists studying lung biology and cystic fibrosis for almost 40 years.

An author’s view of Iowa City: No proof needed when you say you're a writer

In this interview with NPR, Derek (DK) Nnuro talks about his debut novel, What Napoleon Could Not Do, a book that depicts how America is seen through the eyes of three characters with African ties. Nnuro is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, teaches writing at Iowa, and is curator of special projects at the Stanley Museum of Art. He also loves Iowa City. "I don't think I would have been able to complete this novel anywhere else in the world." (P.S. The book is the selection for this spring’s Stanley Reads book group.)


4 faculty recognized with UI's highest teaching honor

Four University of Iowa faculty members are recipients of the 2023 President and Provost Award for Teaching Excellence, recognizing their exceptional contributions to student learning and success. This year’s recipients embody the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, while serving as inspirational examples of the impact that faculty can have on their students.

Emerging research drives new name at Iowa

The University of Iowa National Advanced Driving Simulator has been renamed the University of Iowa Driving Safety Research Institute to better reflect the unit’s established expertise in driving simulation and emerging work in on-road driving research. The National Advanced Driving Simulator name will continue to be the name of the facility’s crown-jewel simulator, the NADS-1 simulator, but it will be one piece of the new Driving Safety Research Institute.


West campus utility construction may affect commute, parking, sidewalks

On Feb. 22, ENGIE North America is expected to begin construction on an underground utility project in the vicinity of Carver-Hawkeye Arena and Dental Science Building. The project, which is expected to last through the summer, may affect your commute time to and from work or events at the arena, as well as some parking spaces and sidewalks. For up-to-date information about the project and related road, sidewalk, and parking closures, see the Facilities Management website.

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New residence hall, sale of Mayflower will support student success

The university will seek permission from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its February meeting to proceed with planning the next five years of its housing system with a focus on improving student success and retention. Proposed projects include building a new residence hall, selling Mayflower, and continuing to modernize existing halls.

Lucky No. 7: UI named top producer of Fulbright US students for 7th time

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has again named the University of Iowa a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for U.S. Students. This is the seventh year the UI has received this prestigious ranking, given to colleges and universities that had the highest number of applicants selected for the 2022-23 Fulbright U.S. Student Program.


Are you a leader? Read why your ability to bounce back from adversity is important

Leader resilience has far-reaching effects; their reactions affect not just their lives, but those of the employees in the units they lead. If a leader can’t bounce back, they are likely to experience burnout, which can present as emotional exhaustion, cynicism, or a loss of professional efficacy. What can resilient leaders do? Read these tips.

Meet groundbreaking painter, UI alumnus Oliver Lee Jackson

Oliver Lee Jackson, a renowned painter, Iowa alumnus, and founding member of the Black Artists Group, will give a talk titled The Alchemy of Making at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Stanley Museum of Art. Jackson’s five-decade career began at Iowa, and two of his works are featured in the Stanley’s current exhibition, Homecoming.


Take a wintertime tree tour

Join the Pentacrest Museums for a one-time-only wintertime tree tour from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. The guided walk around the Pentacrest will showcase the diverse collection of trees along with an explanation of the history and lore behind some of our oldest trees. Meet outside the main entrance to Macbride Hall and dress appropriately for the weather.

Who are your all-time favorite Iowa basketball players? Alumni weigh in

As the Iowa women’s and men’s basketball teams prepare for the final stretch of the regular season, UI alumni looked back on more than 100 years of Iowa basketball to pick their favorite players from the past century.

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