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Campus Conversation Partners connect through language, friendship

Ting Huang and Keary Saul are Campus Conversation Partners
Photo by Tim Schoon.

Keary Saul has always longed to travel to distant lands.

“I have a strong, unsatisfied wanderlust, but so far, most of my international travels have been imaginary ones,” says Saul, a Des Moines native who works as a secretary in the University of Iowa Department of Neurology.

So when Saul received a mass e-mail about a new UI program, Campus Conversation Partners—which connects nonnative English speakers with members of the UI faculty and staff for informal conversation and friendship—she jumped at the chance to get involved.



Staff, faculty honored for outstanding work

Thirteen staff members and six faculty members at The University of Iowa received awards for excellence in 2008. The staff were recognized with one of three annual staff awards for excellence presented by the UI Staff Council, including the Board of Regents Staff Excellence Awards; the honored faculty also received Excellence Awards from the Regents.



Audio slide show: Iowa–Iowa State atmosphere in Kinnick Stadium

There was no shortage of black and gold in Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 13, as the University of Iowa football team reclaimed the Cy-Hawk Trophy from the Cyclones of Iowa State. fyi offers a look at the atmosphere surrounding this spirited rivalry.

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News in brief


  • Fraternal Order of Eagles pledges to raise $25 million for UI diabetes research
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences announces 2008 Saturday Scholars series
  • Participants sought for local StoryCorps flood stories project
  • POROI to present “Writing Science at the Writing University” in October
  • Iowa Center for Developmental and Learning Sciences to host Oct. 3 workshop
  • Resources available for UI faculty, staff members impacted by flood
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Study links common plastic chemical to heart disease, diabetes
  • UI study: Embryonic stem cells might help reduce transplantation rejection
  • Researchers help show continuous glucose monitoring improves blood sugar control

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  • UI Health Care tabs Williams for chief of operations post
  • UI research office announces staff changes
  • Recent deaths

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Sasha Waters Freyer
Sasha Waters Freyer
If you were to ask Sasha Waters Freyer what sort of films she makes, she would tell you that her work doesn't fit within a certain category. But her wide-ranging films do have one common link: they give a voice to women, mothers, workers, residents of rural areas—“people you don’t always hear from,” as she puts it. Waters, who joined the UI Cinema and Comparative Literature faculty eight years ago, tells fyi about the most important lesson she teaches students, a birthday gift she gave herself, and why she loves her front porch.




“Three percent? That's bad."

Doug Jones
(Palm Beach Post, Sept. 2)

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