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Filing frenzy!


Not all Americans are income tax experts, but it's safe to say that everyone has an opinion, an expletive, a gripe, or a tale to offer about taxes—in short, their two cents worth.

To prove it, members of the fyi staff trekked across campus one drizzly day in early March to ask UI faculty and staff members about the “T” word. After our assurances that we weren’t investigators from the IRS or another ominous government agency, most we spoke with were quick to respond and willing to expound on the notion that America has a love-hate relationship with tax season.



Braun provides budget proposal update

In January, Iowa Governor Chet Culver sent a budget proposal to the Iowa legislature asking for an increase in funding to Iowa’s Regents universities. UI administrators are encouraged by the governor's announcement, according to Mark Braun, UI state governmental relations director. Braun recently answered a few questions for fyi about the proposal and how it has fared so far in the legislature.




  • Three UI faculty win top teaching award
  • UI professionals added to the Great Iowa Nurses list
  • UI individuals, projects, companies honored for excellence in innovation
  • A dammed river runs through it
  • Swing into spring through faculty/staff golf league
  • UI program wants your smart, money-saving ideas

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  • UI professor teaches juvenile offenders the art of healing
  • New emphysema treatment study under way
  • Compulsive buying deserves greater consideration: UI psychiatrist

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fyi readers share fond, diverse IMU memories

Many reader memories of the Iowa Memorial Union included one or more of the following: bowling, beer, billiards, music, and food. But the fyi reader survey also brought stories of student political activity, and reminders of the founding intention of the IMU—to commemorate the University's wartime heritage.



Photo feature: Engineering Electronics Shop

If you're in the market for banana clips and RCA jacks, or Papermate Pink Pearl Rubber Erasers, the Engineering Electronics Shop in the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences has you covered.

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Learning and Development April schedule




Penny Kaelber
If it can be asked, chances are that Penny Kaelber has heard it. As manager of the University's Campus Information Center, she and her staff have made every effort to track down the answers to these questions, no matter how off-the-wall—or on the wall, as in "What's this black film on my house?"—
they might be. Kaelber sits down with fyi to discuss her work with the UI Master Calendar of Events, how her job has changed over time, and her silver screen roles.




“Our goal here is not to coerce individuals to give up smoking. Our goal is reduce the amount of secondhand smoke everybody is exposed to.”

Susan Johnson
(The Telegraph [Sterling, Ill.],
March 8)

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