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The Board of Regents offers UI grad student workers a new contract with no benefits

The hallway outside Room 351 of the Iowa Memorial Union was crowded but quiet on Wednesday morning. Members of COGS, the union representing University of Iowa graduate students, were staging a grade-in — a protest that allowed them to do their work as teaching assistants, while demonstrating their resolve prior to the start of a […]

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Dr. Charles Limb explores how creativity affects the brain

Limb brought perspectives on his research into the science of creativity and the brain to a healthy crowd in the University’s Art Building West. Specifically, he spoke to how the actual structure and function of the brain is activated in musicians when they improvise. […]

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Trump administration proposes new restriction on student visas

The Trump administration plans to make a major change to student visas, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. Instead of student visas being valid for “duration of status”—that is, for as long as the holders are full-time students and meet other requirements—there would be a fixed “maximum period. […]

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Streets start closing at 4 p.m. on Friday for UI’s Homecoming parade

Zak Neumann, Homecoming Parade

Streets in downtown Iowa City will start closing at 4 p.m. for the University of Iowa’s Homecoming parade. The parade is scheduled wend its way through downtown beginning at 5:45 p.m., and going from the intersection of Washington and Gilbert streets to the intersection of Iowa Avenue and Gilbert. […]

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UI grad students are fighting to keep their union representation

Buried among the other elections this fall, the COGS recertification election is unique, because it’s an election in which many of the eligible voters have no idea they can vote. That’s not a failure of the system, it’s how the Iowa legislature intended the system to work. […]

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“Art in Public” meets #MeToo at 6th Biennial Grant Wood Symposium

This year, the University of Iowa Grant Wood Symposium — now in its sixth biennial iteration — tackles the topic of public art. The symposium, a program of the UI Office of Outreach and Engagement, presented by the Grant Wood Art Colony, seeks to engage with Wood’s legacy, this year by exploring one of his greatest passions. […]

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Federal student loan ombudsman quits over Trump administration refusal to protect borrowers

The top federal official in charge of protecting student borrowers from predatory lenders, announced his resignation on Monday. In a letter to Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Mick Mulvaney, Seth Frotman said the bureau’s current leadership is allowing student loan companies to “drive millions of Americans to financial ruin with impunity.” […]

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By ‘poking’ cells, a University of Iowa lab studies the science of healing

If you ever get the chance to watch life under a microscope, seize the opportunity. In many ways, microscale life mimics the movies — there are thrilling chases as immune cells hunt down bacterial invaders, a feeling of tragedy as a sick cell bursts and budding romances between cells that crumble in dramatic divorce. Our […]

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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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