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What a ride! At 30, Van Pool Service keeps picking up speed

Van Pool vehicle being refueled

Bernadette Yanda doesn’t like to drive. Wendy Stokesbary wanted to save 75 percent on her commuting costs. Dave Myers wanted to eliminate them all together.

So today all three are among the 870-plus commuters participating in The University of Iowa’s Employee Van Pool Program as it celebrates its 30th year.

The program, run by the University’s parking and transportation department, provides University-owned vans to groups of employees who live in the same community and work similar hours. With the exception of a few years in the early 2000s, the vanpool has grown steadily since it debuted in 1978 with four 12-passenger vans serving four nearby communities. Today, a fleet of 43 maxivans and 42 minivans serve 877 commuters in 34 communities.



Photo feature: See the otherworldly creations of the Physics Machine Shop

Machinists in the Physics Machine Shop, located in Van Allen Hall, use state-of-the-art tools and, on occasion, vintage machine equipment to create instruments that are used on NASA missions.

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News in brief


  • University begins preparing arts campus, Iowa Memorial Union for winter
  • Familiar sound returns to campus
  • W-2 forms will be available on HR Self Service web site
  • Benefits open enrollment period begins
  • 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 may explain exercise-induced fatigue in muscular dystrophies

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  • Recent deaths

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Johanna Schoen
  Johanna Schoen
As a graduate student, Johanna Schoen was granted access to records that revealed the disturbing details of North Carolina’s eugenic sterilization program. Her discovery eventually led to an apology from the state’s governor, increased awareness of the tragedy, and a stronger case for restitution for the victims. Schoen, who has taught women’s studies and history at The University of Iowa for a decade, is now focusing her work on the history of abortion clinics. She sat down with fyi to talk about her work; why her dog, Chaos, is her saving grace; the meaning of the fictional verb “feasle”; and how she recently overcame a fear of pie crusts.




“For the last four months, I've been an author. I'm ready to be a writer for a while and write my next book."

Sarah Prineas
(Des Moines Register, Oct. 26)

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Looking to stem cells for tomorrow's transplant techniques



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