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Update—Feb. 23:
bundled up for winter cold
Photo by Tim Schoon.

Faculty, staff share ideas for coping with winter's cold days

Given the early February warmup we've experienced in eastern Iowa, it might seem odd timing for us to deliver advice on ways to cope with winter weather. Fifty-degree days can quickly erase the shuddering memory of those well-below-zero readings in mid-January.

But let's not kid ourselves: winter has some life left in her.

In other words, don't deny the groundhog's prediction of more winter; rather, heed the following advice from fellow University of Iowa faculty and staff members who answered our call for coping techniques during the coldest of seasons.




News in brief



  • Check out the latest news on the UI budget updates web site
  • Hygienic lab is first state public health lab to add new pregnancy screens
  • Maia Quartet and Philharmonia Orchestra share the program Feb. 27
  • Nominate faculty and staff for Improving Our Workplace Award
  • Free fitness assessments available Feb. 24
  • Staff Council voting ends soon: vote today
  • Research professionals encouraged to explore development program
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • New surgical implant tested at UI prevents total blindness
  • Study finds recession associated with increases in minority victims of crime
  • UI researcher helps catch "calcium flickers" in action
  • UI professor finds a way to make money investing in insurance stocks

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  • Rinehart named assistant dean for veterans' affairs at College of Pharmacy
  • Recent deaths

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UI treasurer discusses developing budget picture; University launches budget updates web page

Doug True
Doug True, senior vice president and University treasurer. Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

Budget issues have become a constant topic of interest across the University of Iowa community. With that in mind, UI officials have created a web site to provide faculty, staff, and students with updates about ongoing budget deliberations and announcements, and to solicit ideas for trimming expenses as the University works to reduce costs during uncertain economic times.

“The University has to engage its members as UI administrators consider how to manage what inevitably will be lower state appropriations,” says Doug True, senior vice president and University treasurer. “President [Sally] Mason, Provost [Wallace] Loh, the vice presidents, and the deans are working through a process that will involve UI constituency organizations—faculty, staff, students, elected leaders—to consider the best ways to proceed.”



Photo feature: Dropping in on Dance Marathon

University of Iowa students raised $1,030,428 during the 15th UI Dance Marathon, which was held Feb. 6–7 in the Main Ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union. More than 800 patients and family members cared for at University of Iowa Children's Hospital joined 1,320 dancers for the event. fyi stopped in to get a glimpse of the festivities.

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Carly Armour
  Carly Armour
Carly Armour knows what it’s like to be a college student with a disability—she has been profoundly deaf in both ears since birth—and she wants to do whatever she can to make their college experience enjoyable and successful. As an advisor in Student Disability Services, she helps arrange accommodations and services for students with disabilities so that these students have equal access to University academic programs and can participate fully in all aspects of University life.




“Dirtiness comes with a price. But cleanliness comes with a price, too."

David Elliott, professor of internal medicine in the Carver College of Medicine
(New York Times,
Jan. 26)

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