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Main Library back in business

Main Library entrance
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

On Wednesday, July 9, the University of Iowa Main Library opened its doors to the public for the first time since the Iowa River spilled over its banks and into buildings on the UI campus.

There was no fanfare, no spectacle made of the event. Rather, the feeling around the building was more “business as usual,” says Nancy Baker, University librarian.

A quiet library—another sign of a return to normalcy on the UI campus? It’s a start, Baker says.



As campus recovers from flood, be mindful of heat-related illnesses

The flood of 2008 has damaged The University of Iowa’s utility system, limiting the ability to produce steam and chilled water necessary to generate air conditioning in some University buildings. Combine that with the heat and humidity of summer, and you have the potential for an uncomfortable working environment.

The University’s Environmental Health and Safety Office (formerly the Health Protection Office) collaborated with Human Resources to provide the following information regarding precautions, risk factors, and symptoms of heat-related illnesses. This information provides guidance for supervisors on assessing when indoor environments move from uncomfortable to unhealthy.


See more stories of recovery from flood of 2008...


HR director discusses issues of importance to University staff

While the flooding of 2008 has dominated the headlines this summer at The University of Iowa, it is important to not lose sight of what else is happening around the University that impacts UI staff members.

Susan Buckley, associate vice president for finance and operations and director of Human Resources at the University, recently outlined Human Resources initiatives that are ongoing or upcoming, with particular focus on issues of importance for nonorganized professional and scientific staff.




  • First bid to renovate flood-affected buildings is awarded
  • Culver proclamation intended to speed flood recovery
  • Resources available for UI faculty, staff members impacted by flood
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • UI researchers make first measurements of the solar wind termination shock
  • University helps identify gene mutation related to atrial fibrillation

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  • Thomas named interim UI associate provost, dean of International Programs
  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: Lakeside Laboratory

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory offers university courses in the summer, year-round noncredit programs for children and adults, and a rich, diverse setting of wetlands, prairies, lakes, and forests for researchers to study and visitors to enjoy. Don't miss our profile on director Peter J. van der Linden—click here to read it. fyi traveled to northwest Iowa in early June to capture the sights found in this natural classroom.

See the photos...


Peter J.
van der Linden
Peter Van der Linden photo
Imagine an office nestled in nature, where a short walk allowed you to view a pristine lake and hear the sounds of chirping frogs and gobbling turkeys. This is the environment in which Peter J. van der Linden works every day. As executive director of Iowa Lakeside Laboratory since July 2007, van der Linden, a native of Sibley, Iowa, is responsible for overseeing the 147 acres of diverse wetlands, prairies, lakes, and forests located in northwest Iowa near Spirit Lake. fyi was fortunate to catch up with van der Linden on a spring trip to The University of Iowa, where he reflected on his first year in this role and the value of the lab to the state, nation, and world.


Don't miss the Lakeside Laboratory photo feature...



“I really feel like we dodged a bullet. There’s nothing worse than wet books."

Nancy Baker
(Des Moines Register, July 7)

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