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Working at Iowa: Faculty, staff provide positive response about UI work experience

In 2008, 62.3 percent of University of Iowa employees took the Working at Iowa survey. An even greater number of employees likely will be interested in the results, which are now available for review.

The 2008 results show that University staff and faculty are positive about their overall work experience. The results also identify areas where things can continue to improve. Kevin Ward, executive associate director of human resources, spoke with fyi about the 2008 results and the next steps for the Working at Iowa program.



An invasive beetle that feeds on—and eventually kills—ash trees has been discovered just across Iowa’s borders with Wisconsin and Minnesota. Given that the University of Iowa campus has between 700 and 800 ash trees on maintained areas of campus, an infestation of the emerald ash borer could pose a significant risk to the UI campus landscape.

The Landscape Services staff in Facilities Management is monitoring the situation and will take appropriate steps to develop a response plan.




News in brief



  • UI athletic teams shine in NCAA academic progress report
  • 2009 MFA Exhibition will run through May 22 in Studio Arts Building
  • Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center to host boot camp May 15
  • Nite Ride extends hours for finals week
  • Open house featuring rare books on childbirth to be held May 14
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Hygienic Laboratory among first to confirm H1N1 outside of CDC
  • UI research teams awarded pilot grants

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  • Brenner named head of biochemistry at UI Carver College of Medicine
  • Recent deaths

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Social media networks connect
the U to you


For years, University of Iowa students have been swapping messages, pictures, and postings about what’s going on in their lives through Facebook, the popular social media outlet that connects people with friends and others who work, study, and live around them, or with people who share their interests.

And then there’s Twitter, a way to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: what are you doing?

But students aren’t the only members of the University of Iowa community linked by social media. Several University of Iowa departments have turned to social media sites as outreach tools for communication with students, alumni, and others interested in the University.



Mason presents proposed budget to Board of Regents, State of Iowa

UI president Sally Mason presented The University of Iowa's proposed budget for fiscal year 2010 to the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, at its meeting on April 30. Mason's PowerPoint presentation, audio of the presentation, and audio of remarks by Regents president David Miles are now available at



Photo feature: Kuhl House, a cool house

In the Kuhl House on the University of Iowa campus, a small but energetic staff handles acquisitions, manuscript editing, and proofreading, design, production, and marketing for the University of Iowa Press. Constructed around 1840 using limestone that was quarried nearby, the Kuhl House is the oldest house still standing in Iowa City.

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Holly Carver
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No surprise, but Holly Carver loves to read. She also loves sharing good writing with the world, something she gets to do every day as director of the University of Iowa Press, the University’s own publishing house and the only university press in the state of Iowa. Carver spoke to fyi about the business of university publishing, the books that make her proud, and what musical instrument she might take up once she finds the time.




"The level of preparedness is unprecedented. We've been drilling for this potential eventuality, not just for influenza but for other biological emergencies."

Gregory Gray, professor of epidemiology
(Newsweek, April 27)

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