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Update—Nov. 10:
Keith Becker
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

Service helps UI employees advance in their careers

Between working at the University, finishing her degree, and taking care of her children, Natalie Potter didn’t have much time to research new job possibilities—let alone polish her résumé or practice for interviews.

So Potter, a clerk in UI Human Resources at the time, met with a job coach in Career Development Advising, who helped her discover jobs she would qualify for at the University, reviewed her cover letter and electronic application, and gave her interviewing tips.




News in brief



  • University to proceed with recovery of Art Building West
  • Men's Anti-Violence Council open house Nov. 12 invites men to combat violence
  • Catalyst Awards reception set for Nov. 13
  • W-2 forms will be available on HR Self Service web site
  • Benefits open enrollment period ongoing
  • Resources available for UI faculty, staff members impacted by flood
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Lung airway cells activate vitamin D and increase immune response
  • Fruit fly genes allows UI biologist to better understand cancer, other diseases

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  • Iowa DNR deputy Christiansen named director of UI Sustainability Office
  • Recent deaths

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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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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, sat down with fyi to talk about her work; why her dog, Chaos, is her saving grace; 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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Kathy Duttlinger

Chance conversation prompts life-changing gift to colleague


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