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UI scientists' small discovery has big "green" potential—and Iowa roots

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The Internet is awash in suggestions of small ways to go green. You really want to talk small, though? Call Andrew Lamm and Jack Rosazza. The University of Iowa scientists are going green on a cellular level.

Rosazza, professor emeritus of medicinal and natural products chemistry, and Lamm, visiting assistant professor of chemistry and research scholar, have identified and named a bacterial species that could be used in greener, cleaner ways of producing renewable fuels and biorenewable chemicals.

The bacterium, Nocardia iowensis, is so named to reflect its Iowa roots.



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Museum of Natural History announces new sloth bone discoveries

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's Tarkio Valley Sloth Project has discovered a bone from a type of giant Ice Age sloth never before recorded in Iowa, called Paramylodon harlani.




  • UI Libraries, UI Press to present Iowa City Book Festival in July
  • Faculty member to give free, public “Angels & Demons” lecture May 20
  • Dan Zanes returns with free Memorial Day family concert to support Hancher
  • UI center provides software to help those with reading difficulties online
  • Landscape Services teams with UI student volunteers to install 500 trees
  • State Fair booth needs volunteers
  • RVAP volunteer, advocate summer training offered
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Hancher Auditorium box office moving to Old Capitol Town Center May 26
  • Civic Engagement Program will move to Pomerantz Career Center
  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: Spring has sprung

Spring is in the air, which means the University of Iowa campus is busy with people out and about. If you weren't able to enjoy one of these recent lovely days, you can live vicariously through our photographs.

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Kelly Thornburg
  Kelly Thornburg
Kelly Thorn-burg says watch-ing women in her own family try to negotiate complex and inefficient support systems while suffering from serious mental illness was a potent lesson in who has power and who people listen to in our country and world. Thornburg now is helping UI undergraduate women develop public leadership skills, learn about civic involvement, and network with women in public leadership from across the state through the Iowa National Education for Women’s (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute. fyi recently caught up with Thornburg to discover what she most enjoys about working with this intensive residential institute, as well as to learn a few other things that make her tick.




"If I can put it in anatomical terms, there are not enough red blood cells flowing through the bloodstream. We need to make more red blood cells."

Rita Frantz, professor and dean in the College of Nursing
(The Iowa Independent, May 6)

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