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Stewart brings long UI ties, history of activism to Staff Council post

Duncan Stewart, Staff Council president

Duncan Stewart earned his first University-related paycheck in 1973, when he delivered the Daily Iowan for $7 a week. But his connections with the institution extend long before and after his paper-carrying days.

Stewart’s father was head of Child Psychiatry and his mother was a nurse practitioner at University Hospitals. He earned his undergraduate history degree here in 1984. His family ties with Iowa continue still: his wife, Rachel, and his two sisters, Sarah and Anne, also are University employees.

Stewart has served since 2002 as a cataloguer in the University’s Main Library and on April 1 took over for Kathy Klein as the University’s Staff Council president. fyi talked with Stewart about his plans for Staff Council, his activism, and studying the martial arts with his kids.


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Members of the University of Iowa community can’t fathom falling ill to something found in the water they drink—a healthy water supply is something that’s taken for granted at the University and in surrounding communities.

Two College of Pharmacy faculty members and two pharmacy students recently traveled to a place where such a risk is more commonplace—Xicotepec, Mexico.



Video feature: Local chefs tout culinary creativity in "Iron Chef" cookoff

With a handful of surprise ingredients, 15 minutes to prepare a recipe, and one hour to cook, teams of local chefs contended in The University of Iowa’s "Iron Chef" cookoff April 4 in the Iowa Memorial Union.

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fyi went behind the scenes of "Sinners and Saints," a thesis concert by Rain Ross and M. Suzanne Ryan in the UI Department of Dance. Ross and Ryan spent the past year researching and choreographing the various works, which reflect components of their research.

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Ed Wasserman
Ed Wasserman
The next time a pigeon careens wildly in your direction on the Iowa City pedestrian mall, don't immediately dismiss the feathered flyer—they're smarter than you think. Just ask Ed Wasserman, Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In his efforts to understand the differences between human and animal behavior and cognition, he has discovered that pigeons and baboons are capable of levels of reasoning that only humans were thought to possess. Wasserman sat down with fyi to discuss his research, his "exotic" lunch fare, and his affinity for race cars.




“For the middle class, a home is such a central piece of the American dream. When you mess with that, it’s like messing with the American flag."

Kevin Leicht
(Congressional Quarterly, April 10)

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Keri Hornbuckle

Keri Hornbuckle

Solving problems, setting an example



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