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Collaborate with your fellow researcher by joining Institute for Clinical and Translational Science

Gary Hunninghake director ICTS
Photo by Tom Jorgensen.

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS) has a message for all members of the University of Iowa research community: join us.

The ICTS—home to the National Institutes of Health–funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at The University of Iowa, and one of only 46 facilities of its kind in the nation—is providing UI researchers and scientists with a multidisciplinary research and training environment, all in the name of improving the health and well-being of Iowans and people worldwide.

“Translational science programs grew out of concerns in Congress that although there were many basic science discoveries, few moved forward to improve the care of people,” says Gary Hunninghake, director of the ICTS. “Translational really implies the movement of findings—from basic science to initial patient studies to large clinical trials, and then implementation in practice.”



Eligible employees have a new option to consider when applying for retirement

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, recently approved a new retirement program, the Early Retirement Program II, to complement the existing regular retirement plan at The University of Iowa. Eligible UI employees can apply for consideration until May 15, 2010.

fyi spoke with Richard Saunders, senior associate director and assistant vice president of UI Human Resources, about what’s included in the new plan, who is eligible, and how the plan differs from the regular programs.


News in brief


  • UIMA opens new IMU exhibit featuring photos of hip-hop’s early years
  • University to hold event recognizing excellence and achievement among women
  • UI nursing professionals named to Great Iowa Nurses list
  • UI reminds campus of severe weather Web site, policy ahead of awareness week
  • Annual Powwow set for April 10–11 at UI Recreation Building
  • Museum of Natural History offers Earth Month programs
  • “Fossil Guy” returns to the UI Museum of Natural History
  • Rec Services invites faculty, staff to drive for show, putt for dough
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Report: Cancer is now the leading cause of death in Iowa
  • UI imaging team receives $3 million cancer-related grant
  • Study points out risks of nonromantic sexual relationships

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  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: Keys to the kingdom

University of Iowa Key & Access Services is the key/card control center. It issues keys and electronic access to buildings and rooms, manages the University's access control and alarm monitoring system harware and software, and maintains a database of key and card holders.

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Sarah Hansen
  Sarah Hansen  
Last year, Sarah Hansen stepped into shoes that had never been filled. Hansen is the director of assessment and strategic initiatives for the Division of Student Services, a new position created in July 2009. Her new job duties focus on student learning outside the classroom, yet Hansen still spends plenty of time in the classroom, having taught classes in Health Promotion for 10 years, and currently serving as an adjunct lecturer in the College of Education. She spoke with fyi about her first year in a new position, her experiences in the classroom, how she re-centers among her busy work schedule, and her furry, 120-pound lunch date.




"I think it goes to show that we’re doing more and more in terms of fixing the heart than we've been able to do in the past. We’re taking on more complex cases than we have in the past."

Robert Farivar, assistant professor of cardiothoracic surgery in the Carver College of Medicine
(Iowa City Press-Citizen, March 20)

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