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You may have noticed that @IOWA looks a little different. That’s because this month we’re launching the inaugural edition of Spectator@IOWA, which combines two great University of Iowa alumni publications—the electronic @IOWA and Spectator—to create a more visually compelling e-newsletter and web site. (Spectator will continue to print a fall and spring issue each year.) Each month you’ll receive the latest news about University research, athletics, and special events, as well as stories and multimedia features. To learn more about Spectator@IOWA, visit the “About” page. More


The University of Iowa’s online annual report for 2008–09, One Year After, includes a series of multimedia vignettes featuring photos and audio of students, faculty, and staff recounting in their own words the year since the 2008 flood. More


NASA recently selected a group of University of Iowa researchers to be part of a team that will use an X-ray telescope aboard a satellite to explore the distortion of space by spinning black holes and the creation of intense magnetic fields around dead stars. More


The University of Iowa is the 29th best public national university in the country, according to the latest rankings published by the magazine U.S. News & World Report. The ranking places Iowa in a tie with Indiana University–Bloomington, Michigan State University, University of California-Santa Cruz, and Virginia Tech University. More


Iowa Governor Chet Culver, University of Iowa President Sally Mason, area business leaders and representatives of the University and ACT joined ACT CEO and Board Chairman Richard Ferguson on Aug. 21 to commemorate ACT’s 50th anniversary. The American College Testing program, now ACT, Inc., was founded in a meeting at the Old Capitol on the University of Iowa campus, Aug. 21, 1959. More


University of Iowa researchers have modified siRNA, a type of genetic material that can block potentially harmful activity in cells, so that it can be injected into the bloodstream and impact targeted cells while producing fewer side effects. The findings could make it easier to create large amounts of targeted therapeutic siRNAs for treating cancer and other diseases. More


Discovery of a deafness-causing gene defect in mice has helped identify a new protein that protects sensory cells in the ear, according to a study led by University of Iowa researchers. The mutated gene fails to produce normal claudin-9 protein, which, the UI team showed, is needed to maintain the proper distribution of potassium in the inner ear. More


How do you attract students to the field of laboratory science? The University Hygienic Laboratory answered that question by creating a DVD-based game for students in middle school, high school, and college. The new game highlights the many professions in a public health laboratory and the associated academic and training requirements. More


Iowa City youngster Alex Ko obviously has what it takes to be noticed, even at 4-foot-9 and 85 pounds. That's why on Oct. 6 he will join the cast of Billy Elliot the Musical, performing the title role at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway. But how does a kid, even a prodigy like Ko, find his way from the Heartland to the Great White Way? More


Robin Hemley decided to do over the experiences he botched as a kid. So at age 48, the director of the University of Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program went back to kindergarten and summer camp, joined a fraternity, attempted to take the ACT, and finally asked the girl of his 16-year-old dreams to prom. Hemley describes his adventures in his new book, Do-Over! More


Saying that “It’s time to look toward the future” of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, UI President Sally Mason recently announced the formation of the Envisioning Committee for the museum. More


The University of Iowa men's golf team finished the third and final round of Golfweek's Conference Challenge in second place Sept. 1. With a 54-hole total of 861 (-3), the Hawkeyes fell short of the Florida State University Seminoles who carded a team total of 853 (-11). The inaugural tournament for Golfweek was held on Blue Top Ridge in Riverside, Iowa. More


University of Iowa student athletes know young Hawkeye fans look up to them when it comes to playing sports. Children growing up in Iowa dream of becoming the next Ricky Stanzi or Kachine Alexander. The children’s idols motivate them to succeed in athletics. What Iowa athletes may not realize is that they are also motivating children to read. More
For the Record

“We do see who people are in real life. We can actually see blemishes and weight and body shape, and most of the time we love them anyway.”

Gigi Durham, associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, taking issue with the use of digital editing software like Photoshop to make women celebrities appear slimmer and unblemished. (Monterey County Herald, Aug. 7).

More UI national news

Alumni Newsmakers

“You learn to read people. You can tell what songs they might like.”

Katie Suddarth (BM ’07), a music therapist from Aurora, Ill., who uses sound and song to help people with brain damage and developmental disabilities relearn motor skills, social skills, and communication. (Aurora Beacon News, Aug. 9).

Old Gold
Hurry up and wait


University students today can register for classes from the comfort of their computer. Not so in the past, when registration meant long lines at the Field House. More

From the Iowa Alumni Magazine
Mind over muscle


A world-renowned UI scientist confronts the complex mystery of muscular dystrophy. More