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Ongoing efforts of faculty, staff assist University in flood recovery, future planning

A woman lifts a sandbag
Photo by Tim Schoon.

The phrase “other duties as assigned” is a common component of job descriptions. But few would have envisioned some of the “other duties” taken on by UI employees this past summer. And while some were assigned, many were simply taken up on the fly, in the face of rising waters.

The tales of this past summer’s flood heroics and the Hawkeye Spirit are legion. The three people we’ve chosen to profile will be the first to tell you, in that typically Iowa way, that they were just one of the many, many people who rose to the occasion and went well beyond it; who found themselves doing work they never imagined in areas in which they had little previous experience. fyi chose to interview them in part because of their visibility during the flood, but also for their ongoing efforts in helping the University deal with the flood’s aftermath and the planning for the future.



Flood mitigation task force to serve as University community's voice in planning changes

Aerial photo of the flooded UI powerplant
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

The Iowa River has expressed its opinion on what the University of Iowa campus should look like.

Now, the University gets its chance.

A 14-member flood mitigation task force has been appointed to serve as the University community’s voice in planning changes to reduce the risk from future flooding.



Photo feature: Crowning achievements in dentistry

Henry Husemann (who is featured in this issue's profile) goes to great lengths to replicate the look of his patients' original teeth when creating dental crowns and bridges.

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News in brief


  • University of Iowa Museum of Art works return to campus
  • University resumes Beckwith Boathouse construction
  • Halloween fun in store at UI museums, geoscience department
  • QuickCare expands hours—just in time for flu season
  • Ombudspersons report notes continuing disrespectful behavior
  • 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 study examines how doctors discuss medical errors
  • Research finds genetic variant plays role in cleft lip
  • Minorities do not feel stigmatized by affirmative action, study says
  • Study provides insight on a common heart rhythm disorder
  • Age-related macular degeneration: New gene association identified

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  • Hamot named new director of UI Center for Human Rights
  • Recent deaths

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Henry Husemann
  Henry Husemann
The cartoon cat Garfield. Praying hands. Roses. Even The University of Iowa’s own tiger hawk. Henry Husemann has painted them all—on the molars of dental patients. Since 2004, Husemann has worked as the senior certified dental technician for the Department of Prosthodontics in the UI College of Dentistry, providing educational and technical support for the graduate prosthodontics program and the department’s clinical service plan. On occasion, Husemann is asked to “tattoo” the ceramic crowns for patients who want to turn their molars into masterpieces. Husemann talked with fyi about his role as both a scientist and an artist.




“When someone dies in Oxford, big funerals are expected, as are casseroles."

Stephen Bloom
(Washington Post, Oct. 5)

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