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When the weather outside is frightful, and getting to work isn't so delightful...

Photo by Tim Schoon.

You might say the weather so far this winter has not been all that frightful. You even might say it’s been delightful. But if you’ve lived through a few Iowa winters, you also know that everything can change overnight.    

Chances are pretty good you’ll wake up on an Iowa winter morning to find there’s a foot of snow on the ground, the white stuff is still coming down, and the mercury in your thermometer has fallen way below zero. Local elementary and secondary school classes have been canceled.

How do you find out about University cancellations?



2006: A year in the life

Like journalists everywhere around this time of year, we on the fyi staff think it’s worthwhile to spend a little time and newsprint (or cyberspace, as the case happens to be) putting the past 12 months in review. Read more...

Since we can’t include all the news, we’d like to hear from you about other events you think were newsworthy in 2006; please tell us in the Jan. 16 fyi reader survey at


Check out this issue's Photo Feature for scenes from highlights of 2006.

See the photos...


News in brief

AROUND CAMPUS… University celebrates Human Rights Week 2007 with full schedule of events... Robillard named vice president for medical affairs... Art Building West receives 2007 American Institute of Architects Award (view the QuickTime slide show and see past fyi photo feature)... See where you're parked on waiting lists... It’s an emergency! Who do you call?... Staff Council nominations due... Call for entries in the third annual Burns H. Weston International Human Rights Essay Prize Competition... UI Rape Victim Advocacy Program training begins... UI Confucius Institute offers Chinese language classes... Writing University web site launches...  Center for Teaching workshops scheduled... UI Human Rights Center seeks applicants for director job...The University opens Chicago Center... (Full details)

DISCOVERIES… Blue light helps ward off skin cancer... Virtual Soldier Research program to hold lecture... Researchers work on reducing teen driver risks... Business professor investigates CEO incentive behind merger... Taxpayers beware! UI law professor warns against refund loans... African American artifacts featured online... (Full details)

TRANSITIONS… UI flag-lowering policy… Recent deaths… (Full details)

Learning and Development January/February schedule



The chefs

Once a month, Juan Casco and John
John Moloney

Moloney offer Univers-
ity of Iowa faculty and staff mem-
bers, as well as students, the chance to take their taste buds on a world tour, all from the comforts of the Iowa Memorial Union. Moloney and Casco, chefs in IMU Food Services, are the people behind the University’s Lunch with the Chefs events—luncheons that incorporate geographical or cultural themes into the menu.

As they prepare for this month’s Back Forty Texas BBQ (to be held Jan. 25), Casco and Moloney tell fyi about the Elvis Lunch with the Chefs, their kitchen habits at home, and what to do when equipment fails and 1,200 people are expecting steaks.




“For decades, farmers have used futures markets to make decisions about what crops to plant. We're just borrowing that technology to help people in public health and health care make decisions about the future.”

Philip Polgreen
(Kansas City InfoZine, Dec. 24)

More quotes...



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