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The UI alumnus and Oskaloosa native is vying for a chance to audition for the popular reality show. Cast your vote for Frankie's video—"aznspinner04"—by Jan. 25. More


UI researchers have pinpointed the part of the brain that causes people to experience fear, a discovery that could improve treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety conditions. More


Remember the vitality of the VCR, the jolting jingle of a wind-up alarm clock, the importance of wonderful handwriting, or when chalkboards were essential teaching tools? Defunct Magazine remembers all these things, taking readers back to the contemporary times of objects, ideas, TV shows, and belief systems of the past. More


The UI Graduate College and Center for the Book will offer a new Master of Fine Arts degree this fall, emphasizing the art of the book as a hands-on practice and a historical and cultural phenomenon. More

Related: McCoy named UI Press director More


Without realizing it, Iowans are taking climate change into account in their daily lives, planting crops for longer growing seasons, or installing more drainage tiles in response to greater rainfall. That’s on finding from "Climate Change Impacts on Iowa," a report commissioned by the Iowa legislature and presented Jan. 1. More


Fresh from defeating Missouri in the Insight Bowl Dec. 28, five UI football players—punter Ryan Donahue, defensive tackle Karl Klug, quarterback Ricky Stanzi, defensive end Adrian Clayborn, and defensive tackle Christian Ballard—were invited to participate in January’s post-season all-star games. More


Business ethics make up a strong component of the Tippie College of Business MBA curriculum, and that emphasis helped a group of UI students take first place in a prestigious national business ethics competition. More


A UI project will help eight towns around the state create community-wide economic development plans that can be used as models by other Iowa small towns. More


Thanks to a $2.2 million gift commitment to the University of Iowa Foundation from UI graduate Barbara Csomay of Kanawha, Iowa, the College of Nursing's top-ranked gerontology program will enhance its services to older adults. More


Two toddlers are learning the word “cup.” One sees three nearly identical cups; the other sees a teacup, a sippy cup and a Styrofoam cup. Chances are, the second child will have a better sense of what a cup is and—according to a new UI study—may even have an advantage as he learns new words. More

For the Record

“The popular notion of the gene is an attractive idea—it’s so magical.”

Mark Blumberg, UI professor of psychology, commenting on the growing chasm between the public’s understanding of genetics and the latest science showing how genes and local environments interplay (Scienceline, Dec. 24, 2010).

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Alumni Newsmakers

“People think of programming as a very male thing. Most people don't know that it was mostly women.”

UI alumna LeAnn Erickson, whose new documentary, Top Secret Rosies: The Female Computers of WWII, brings to light the women mathematicians who were in charge of programming war weapons (Daily Iowan, Dec. 6, 2010).

Old Gold


Pain relief’s Iowa roots. More

From the Iowa Alumni Magazine


An ancient form of poetry lifts spirits during the current economic downturn. More