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Faculty Forward Iowa and UI agree to new benefits for non-tenure track faculty

Non-tenure track faculty at the University of Iowa will finally receive some of the same standard benefits as their tenured colleagues do, thanks to an agreement between the university administration and Faculty Forward Iowa (FFI). “The new policy, which starts on Sept. 1, gives us some much-needed benefits,” said Faye Bartram, visiting assistant professor of […]

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A diverse team of UI researchers tackle energy, the environment and nanotechnology

A sign in the east wing of the Chemistry Building points visitors to the lab of the University of Iowa’s Mason Group, one of the leading quantum computational chemistry (QCC) research groups in the country. But the room the sign points to looks nothing like a traditional chemistry lab. There are no test tubes, and […]

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America’s first dogs: A UI researcher contributed to a new study of ancient canines

Long before the first terrier, retriever, shepherd or toy breed crossed the pond, America was populated by dogs who could trace their roots back nearly 15,000 years. This ancient and now-extinct breed was the subject of an in-depth study by an international team of 50 scientists, including one University of Iowa researcher, Andrew Kitchen. “The […]

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Regent calls cuts to higher education funding an ‘attack on our three public universities’

The slashing of state financial support for Iowa’s public universities over the last two years is “the worst state government public attack on our three public universities” Larry McKibben has seen during his five years on the Iowa Board of Regents, McKibben said on Thursday. The lack of adequate state funding for higher education is […]

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UI President Bruce Harreld finally meets with non-tenure track faculty protesting working conditions

A basement room in a police station isn’t typically the setting for negotiations between equals, but that’s the location University of Iowa officials chose for their Wednesday morning meeting with members of Faculty Forward Iowa (FFI). FFI, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union, represents members of UI’s non-tenure track faculty seeking better working […]

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UI non-tenure track faculty stage a sit-in at President Bruce Harreld’s office (updated)

Update: This story has been updated since it was first published with information on the outcome of the sit-in protest. On Wednesday, members of the University of Iowa’s non-tenure track faculty staged a sit-in at UI President Bruce Harreld’s office. It was not the sort of raucous sit-in familiar from university protests in the 1960s. […]

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‘It was physically unpleasant and humiliating’: Tom Brokaw accused of sexual harassment

A former NBC news correspondent has accused Tom Brokaw of sexual harassment, Variety reported on Thursday. Linda Vester told the magazine Brokaw, a University of Iowa alum who anchored the NBC Nightly News for 22 years, made unwanted sexual advances that included physical contact on two occasions in 1990s. On Thursday night, The Washington Post […]

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‘We’re spread too thin’: UI non-tenure track faculty demand better working conditions

Despite freezing temperatures and threatening skies, approximately 60 people gathered on the University of Iowa’s Pentacrest on Wednesday afternoon to show support for members of the university’s non-tenure track faculty who are demanding better working conditions. Following a 20-minute rally, the crowd marched to UI President Bruce Harreld’s office to deliver a letter explaining their […]

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Peaceful protest by high school students won’t hurt their admission chances at Iowa universities

Iowa’s three public universities have announced that being disciplined for participating in peaceful political protests won’t hurt the chances of high school students applying for admission. […]

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‘From whiz kid to college dropout’: Tom Brokaw on his time at the University of Iowa

Tom Brokaw, the University of Iowa dropout who went on to host the NBC Nightly News for 22 years, announced in Nov. 2016 that he was donating his personal archive of materials from his long career to UI. After a year of a preparation, that archive was opened to students and researchers on Thursday. It is housed in the Special Collections of the UI Main Library. […]

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