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VPs team up for Live Healthy Iowa challenge

Sue Buckley and Carrol Reasoner
Sue Buckley and Carroll Reasoner. Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

The word is out: the University of Iowa vice presidents are looking for some healthy competition.

Sue Buckley, vice president for human resources, and Carroll Reasoner, interim vice president of legal affairs and general counsel, have formed a team of UI vice presidents for the 2010 Live Healthy Iowa program—a 100-day, team-based weight loss and physical activity program.

“As UI leaders, we are committed to supporting a culture of health on campus for students, faculty, and staff,” Buckley says. “We thought it important that we demonstrate this commitment by our own actions. Participation in the team-based Live Healthy Iowa program is a great opportunity to support physical activity across campus.”



MLK Celebration of Human Rights to take center stage for two weeks

The University of Iowa has planned two weeks of activities for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights from Friday, Jan. 15, to Friday, Jan. 29, starting with an opening celebration at 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 18, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.



News in brief


  • Mary Jo Small, UI associate vice president emerita and rights advocate, dies
  • Nominations sought for Staff Council positions
  • Building and landscape services director discusses emergency preparedness on podcast episode
  • Renovated Wild Bill's Coffee Shop to host grand reopening Jan. 21
  • UI Catalyst Award Diversity Seed Grants awarded
  • Digital humanities project development workshops offered
  • University of Iowa is state's first university to receive Tree Campus USA designation
  • UI Parking and Transportation Department offers vehicle jump-starts
  • Nominations sought for Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award
  • W-2 forms will be available on Employee Self Service web site
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • UI leads international team to identify cleft lip and palate gene
  • UI team discovers new inherited eye disease
  • Unusual protein modification involved in muscular dystrophy, cancer
  • UI researchers find likely source of Chicago air pollutant in paint pigments
  • Holden Cancer Center tip: Test for radon to reduce cancer risk

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  • Kansas law dean Gail Agrawal to lead University of Iowa College of Law
  • University names Kendig vice president for strategic communication
  • Nisly selected as new interim chief diversity officer
  • Johnson to serve as faculty ombudsperson
  • Gerr named director of Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health
  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: UI Printing Services always looks good on paper

UI Printing Services has your needs covered, from design, proofreading, and typesetting to page layout, printing, and binding. fyi photographer Tom Jorgensen spent some time with the staff as they readied documents.

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Rachel McLaren
  Rachel McLaren Communications Studies  
Forget the sticks and stones adage. Words can hurt. What researchers don’t yet understand is what causes one person to shrug off a zinger, while another person takes it to heart. Rachel McLaren, assistant professor of communication studies in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is trying to find out. She talked with fyi about her research on reactions to hurtful messages, her intriguing class on the dark side of communication, and her love of running.




"In children born prematurely, behavioral issues might be more biologically based and not easily compensated for by improvements in the environment."

Amy Conrad, assistant research scientist of psychiatry in the Carver College of Medicine (ABC News, Dec. 16)

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