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Most faculty, staff members told not to report to work due to flooding

working to fill sandbags
Photo by Tim Schoon.

As flood waters continued to rise on Friday, June 13, University of Iowa president Sally Mason announced that summer classes and nonessential University functions would be canceled until Sunday, June 22. Faculty and staff are asked not to report to work during this time unless involved in providing patient care, utilities, security, facilities, or other essential tasks. Employees should check with their immediate supervisors to see if they are to report to work.

"Safety has to be our first concern," Mason said during a 1 p.m. news conference in University Capitol Centre.


Photo feature: Fighting the flood

As the river rose, members of the University of Iowa community grabbed shovels and filled sandbag after sandbag in efforts to protect UI buildings.

See the photos...


UI nurse tackling triathlon in name of cancer research

  Linda Moeller photo.
  Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

Linda Moeller, an oncology nurse in the University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, is willing to go the extra mile in her efforts to help find a cure for blood cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.

Actually, that’s selling her short: Moeller will swim approximately 1 mile, bike almost 25 miles, and run more than 6 miles on June 22, when she participates in the Hy-Vee Triathlon in Des Moines as a member of Team in Training, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s largest fundraising program.

“I have always been passionate about raising awareness for cancer research and support for cancer patients,” Moeller says. “It’s been inspiring to set this sort of goal.”




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  • State Fair booth needs volunteers
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  • UI psychologist investigates newlyweds' tribulations
  • Discovery has implications for heart disease
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  • UI researchers report results of prostate cancer vaccine study
  • Preventive treatment may ward off post-stroke depression
  • UI study identifies brain pathway that shuts down seizures

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  • Rothman named new dean of UI Carver College of Medicine
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What sort of advice would you give to an incoming University of Iowa faculty or staff member? This could pertain to any aspect of University life—no piece of advice is without value (we think). Say to yourself, "If I knew then what I know now...," and then share that advice with readers of fyi. We'll publish a selection of your submissions in a future issue. And who knows? Maybe we'll all learn a trick or two...

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Sarah Prineas
Sarah Prineas photo.
By morning, one can find Sarah Prineas, who works half-time as the scholarship coordinator for the UI Honors Program, helping students identify scholarships to pursue their academic dreams. She has also worked as a lecturer in the University College, teaching fantasy, science fiction, and creative writing. In the afternoons, however, Prineas slips into her fantasy-author mode, weaving tales of suspense and intrigue. She does most of her writing on a matte-black stealth MacBook laptop, replete with a dragon sticker, in the cozy kitchen of her Iowa City home. Prineas shares how she juggles her role at the University with her writings about magic, dragons, and other forms of fantasy, and what life on a book tour has been like.




“It's truckload after truckload of sandbags. Dump trucks, cement trucks, you name it. We're working quickly."

Joel Bishop
(USA Today, June 11)

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Barbara Eckstein along Iowa River

Barbara Eckstein

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