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Provost Loh: Faculty and staff are lifeblood of University

Wallace Loh
Photo by Tim Schoon.

On Aug. 1, Wallace Loh became University of Iowa executive vice president and provost, the University’s chief academic officer. For Loh, it’s a new role in a familiar setting, a chance to share decades of experience in education, government, and law—and a unique global perspective—in the state where he did his undergraduate work.

Most recently dean of arts and sciences at Seattle University, Loh also served as dean of the University of Washington law school and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Colorado. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College, a master’s from Cornell University, a PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan, and a JD from Yale.

fyi spoke with Loh about coming back to Iowa, his impressions of the University, and the challenges that await him.



No shortage of stories at UI Surplus

spacer gif UI Surplus
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

UI Surplus is the place to find things ranging from practical to peculiar. The Business Services unit collects unwanted items from University departments, redistributes them to other departments, and resells the rest to the general public. Surplus also recycles or gives away many items that can’t be sold.

Above all, the Business Services unit hopes to advance the University’s green goals.

“If we can reuse an item on campus or sell it to someone who wants it, we keep it out of landfills,” says Gary Anderson, associate director of Business Services. “It’s like we’ve failed if we have to take something to the landfill.”


Photo feature: A sampling of the surplus

UI Surplus just might have something you might treasure. fyi photographer Tom Jorgensen gives you 15 reasons to head to Surplus's next sale.

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Buckley discusses P&S staff role in compensation and classification redesign

The University of Iowa Department of Human Resources recently announced that it is moving into the design phase for a new system of compensation and classification for staff. fyi asked Susan Buckley, associate vice president for finance and operations and director of human resources, to respond to some questions regarding the project.



News in brief


  • New optical discount available to faculty, staff
  • UI Lecture Committee announces Lecture Series events
  • UI Volunteer Fair connects employees, students with organizations
  • 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 researcher helps rewrite Earth's volcanic history of 260 million years ago

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  • Finkelstein named associate dean in UI College of Dentistry
  • Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center names Buatti deputy director
  • Recent deaths

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Renée Houser
Renee Houser
It was a task few would envy: Renée Houser spent her summer revising classroom scheduling for the fall semester to account for complications that arose from the June floods. But thanks to creative thinking across campus and generosity from the University and Iowa City community, all UI courses—including the displaced arts campus offerings—have a place to meet this fall. Houser, now in her 15th year with the University, discusses her hectic summer, the technological upgrades that were made this summer in UI classrooms, and the evolution of her work routine from an elaborate note card system to the use of user-friendly software.




“I'm always by the river and just happen to be capable of helping."

Steve McGuire
(Reader’s Digest, September 2008)

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Nanette Barkey

Nanette Barkey

Learning how a nation recovers
after years of war



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