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Update—March 12:
Dave Ricketts
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

University puts the brakes on parking rate increases

Parking rates will not increase for staff, faculty, students, and the general public in the coming year, says David Ricketts, director of UI parking and transportation.

“We looked at all the other pressures on the community and decided that we would just take a break from increases for the year,” he said.




News in brief

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

The University of Iowa's budget updates web site has been busy over the past 10 days. Updates include a statement from Board of Regents, State of Iowa, president David Miles on employee salaries, and more than 180 budget-cutting and cost-saving suggestions submitted by faculty, staff, and students.



What is your college or unit doing to mark the flood anniversary?

The Office of University Relations is interested in learning what colleges,
units, student groups and others are doing to commemorate the one-year
anniversary of the 2008 floods. Please send details—including the
date or dates, whether the event is open to the public, and a contact name
and number—to Stephen Pradarelli at by Tuesday,
March 31.




  • UI Health Care leaders announce voluntary cost reduction moves
  • UI Libraries bringing books to you
  • UI Museum of Art to open IMU and Levitt Center galleries
  • UI community invited to session today on Iowa City-Chicago Amtrak proposal
  • Campus, public invited to UI forum on flood mitigation March 26
  • Group invites flood victims to use writing for healing
  • Faculty invited to submit short-term study abroad proposals
  • Heed the call for Improving Our Workplace Award nominations
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

(Full details)


  • State Health Registry provides latest on cancer in Iowa
  • UI study: electronic medical data improves operating room scheduling
  • New insights on heart's "fight or flight" response to stress
  • Children, teens most likely to survive nontraumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest
  • Study links inflammation and calcium signaling in heart attack

(Full details)


  • Welsh named founding director of UI Institute for Biomedical Discovery
  • Moeller named Tippie associate dean of undergraduate program
  • Recent deaths

(Full details)



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.



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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