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University of Iowa students are helping a Chicago nonprofit organization with an ambitious plan to provide GPS-enabled cell phones to every blind and visually impaired child in Illinois. More

Related: Do health care professionals perform hand hygiene? The University of Iowa has an app for that. More


U.S.News & World Report ranks 22 University of Iowa graduate programs and colleges among the 10 best in the country when compared to other public universities, with five UI programs continuing to rank in first place. More


The University of Iowa Dance Marathon has made a $1 million, two-year gift commitment to University of Iowa Children's Hospital to support research into pediatric cancer and blood disorders. The gift, made through the UI Foundation, designates $750,000 for renovation of laboratory space for this purpose in the state's only comprehensive academic medical center, and $250,000 to create a special research fund. More


In the May 2010 Iowa Insights podcast, University of Iowa senior Kyle Vint talks about his experience on the University’s small but mighty debate team on the occasion of its 150th anniversary; geoscience professor Chris Brochu speaks about his discovery of crocodiles from about two million years ago that were more diverse than previously thought; and Kate Fitzgerald with the Office of Residence Life shares summer shopping suggestions for students eager to outfit their first residence hall room. More


The State Hygienic Laboratory at The University of Iowa held dedication ceremonies today for its new building on the UI Research Park campus in Coralville. The three-story, 113,900-square-foot facility houses Iowas environmental and public health laboratory. More


The first cohort of students to receive certificates through the University of Iowa College of Education’s Realizing Education and Career Hopes (REACH) Program—one of the first of its kind at a Big Ten research institution—celebrated with family, friends, faculty, and staff during the first REACH convocation May 7. The REACH class of 2010, which includes an auto enthusiast, an animal lover, and a recreation rooter, heard a keynote address from Alexa Posny, U.S. Department of Education assistant secretary for special education and rehabilitative services. More

Related: Brokaw to give keynote address at UI CLAS (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences) commencement ceremony May 15. More


A University of Iowa researcher and his colleagues have found good evidence for the existence of two medium-sized black holes close to the center of a nearby starburst galaxy, M82, located 12 million light years from Earth. Because they avoided falling into the galactic center, the black holes may help scientists understand the seeds that give rise to supermassive black holes in other galaxies, including our own Milky Way galaxy. More


Jim and Darlene McCord of Iowa City have made a $1 million gift commitment through the University of Iowa Foundation to support the Hawkeye football program. In recognition of the McCords generosity, the UI will name the indoor club level of the Kinnick Press Box the McCord Club. More


Overall, support for the new health care legislation remains low, but a new poll indicates that middle-aged Americans are much more likely to approve of it. A national University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll released recently suggests that 53 percent of 35- to 54-year-olds are in favor of the legislation. More


University of Iowa Health Care has just launched Health at Iowa, an all-new consumer health newsletter that replaces two previous publications, PACEMAKER and Well & Good. Through stories, videos, and links, learn about healthy behaviors, screening exams, primary care tips, world-class experts from the UI Health Care staff, and more. More


Aided by a new experimental model, scientists are a step closer to understanding how cystic fibrosis (CF) causes lung disease in people with the condition. The findings, published online April 28 in the journal Science Translational Medicine, could help improve treatments for lung disease, which causes most of the deaths and disability among people with CF. More


The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has awarded the University of Iowa Superfund Research Program a five-year, $16 million grant to study the health effects of environmental pollutants, especially polychlorinated biphenyls found in water, former industrial sites, and the atmosphere. More


Some patients at the University of Iowa Heart and Vascular Center who require a procedure for evaluating and treating blockages in the blood vessels supplying the heart are benefitting from a different way of performing this procedure. More


Childrens Literature: A Readers History from Aesop to Harry Potter, by University of California at San Diego faculty member Seth Lerer, published by the University of Chicago Press, is the winner of the 2010 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism in Memory of Newton Arvin. The $30,000 award—the largest annual cash prize in English-language literary criticism— is administered for the Capote Estate by the University of Iowa Writers Workshop. More


Martin Brodeur is considered one of the best National Hockey League goaltenders of all time, certainly the best of his era, but a new study from The University of Iowa suggests that there’s not much difference between Brodeur and an average NHL goalie. More


The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature, The University of Iowa Hawkeye football program, and the Iowa City Community School District recently partnered to bring Hawkeye football players into elementary schools to read with students. The Hawkeye Readers program will bring more than 30 Hawkeye student athletes to classes at Twain and Wood elementary schools through May, serving as role models as they talk about the importance of reading, work, and athletics and read from favorite books. More
For the Record

“To have a microcosm of the greater world here on this campus, in terms of the students’ backgrounds, locales, traditions, cultures, citizenship, and countries, is all actually going to help make for a better learning environment.”

Michael Barron, assistant provost for enrollment services, in an article about the University's global reach (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, April 22, 2010).

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Alumni Newsmakers

“If it works for toothpaste, why not politics?”

The late pollster George Gallup, who earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in psychology from The University of Iowa, in a quote that originally appeared in Time magazine in 1948 (Investors Business Daily, March 10, 2010).

Old Gold


Enjoy looking back at University life? Learn more about the photographer who documented decades of campus events. More

From the Iowa Alumni Magazine


Hold onto your asteroid belts! A pioneering professor says we need to pay attention to IFOs (Identified Flying Objects). More