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Students not only ones enjoying University of Iowa's alternative spring break options

Ballroom Dance Class
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

Although Iowans often associate “spring break” with travels to warmer climates, many members of the University of Iowa community will be staying closer to home this year in order to participate in a Cedar Rapids flood-recovery project that will help aid those still in need of post-flood cleanup.

Other staff members will lead courses offered through UI Recreational Services, courses that involve scuba diving in Florida, mountain biking in Utah, backpacking through national and state parks, becoming acquainted with bouldering, and dancing up a storm in ballroom and Latin styles.



News in brief

What's new on the University's budget updates web site?

David Miles, president of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, praises UI president Sally Mason and other Regent institution leaders for forgoing salary increases and end-of-year bonuses for fiscal year 2010.




  • UI Hospitals and Clinics to end complimentary parking program
  • Public Policy Center to host flood symposium
  • UI wins award for implementation of alcohol prevention course
  • Heed the call for Improving Our Workplace Award nominations
  • Hancher presents Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars March 10
  • Best-selling author Alice Sebold to speak March 4
  • University of Iowa receives ADDY Awards
  • Nominations sought for top faculty honors
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • UI/VA team studies effect of exercise on cognition in Parkinson's disease

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  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: A small dose of what happens at UI Pharmaceuticals

Even though the name and structure of the department is relatively new, University of Iowa Pharmaceuticals is no stranger to the world of drug product manufacturing. It has the most experienced university-based drug manufacturing facilities registered with the Food and Drug Administration, and much of its work involves mass-producing medications into dosage forms for use in clinical studies in humans.

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Sab Babu
  Sab Babu
Sab Babu is a good guy to know during the cold Iowa winter—he can arrange a nice bicycle ride down warm, sunny streets, regardless of the weather forecast. Babu is an assistant research scientist in the University of Iowa Department of Computer Science, and he plays a primary role in the department’s virtual environment laboratory. Babu sat down with fyi to talk about what his team has learned through the bicycling simulation sessions, what he loves most about his work, and how he continues to shine on the badminton court.




"In geeky engineering terms—and we like to speak in geeky engineering terms—this is a long, skinny, bendy thing."

David Wilder, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the College of Engineering
(Iowa City Press-Citizen, Feb. 23)

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