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Guidelines offer UI employees advice on reaping the benefits (and avoiding the risks) of social media

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One could sum up the message found in The University of Iowa’s new social media guidelines without violating Twitter’s 140-character limit: With social media, there are many benefits, and there are risks. Be careful, and protect your privacy.

The University and its employees are using social media in a variety of ways to connect with appropriate audiences, and UI Human Resources supports these uses. In spite of these uses, there are many news stories about the unintentional consequences of social media. Social media’s pervasiveness and immediacy have led University officials to create suggested guidelines for social media use in University and personal capacities in an effort to support its use while protecting privacy and reputations.



Saying thanks to Iowa Hall on its silver anniversary

The Museum of Natural History’s Iowa Hall celebrated its 25th anniversary on May 11. Rusty the sloth, an Iowa Hall resident for all 25 years, donned a party hat for the occasion, but he left the birthday cake for everyone else. See photos from the museum, and hear the notes of gratitude written by some of Iowa Hall's young visitors.

News in brief

Georgina Dodge, an assistant vice provost for the Office of Minority Affairs at Ohio State University, has been named The University of Iowa’s chief diversity officer and associate vice president, effective July 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.



Provost Wallace Loh and Senior Vice President and Treasurer Douglas True have prepared an overview of the changes in the University's General Education Fund.

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  • Mason joins other education leaders in call for reducing greenhouse gas
  • State Fair exhibit needs volunteers
  • Deadline May 28 to apply For Rape Victim Advocacy Program summer advocate training
  • Staff Council seeks nominations for 2010 staff awards
  • Nominations sought for Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy
  • ICATER to offer free Universal Design for Learning workshop Aug. 18
  • See which Learning and Development courses are right for you

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  • Do health care professionals perform hand hygiene? The University has an app for that
  • Biologist finds key to the evolution of signal pathways in yeast cells

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  • Recent deaths

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Photo feature: Have a look at the new State Hygienic Laboratory

The State Hygienic Laboratory at The University of Iowa held dedication ceremonies May 5 for its new building on the UI Research Park campus in Coralville. The three-story, 113,900-square-foot facility houses Iowa's environmental and public health laboratory. Funded by federal and state appropriations, the $37.75 million, state-of-the-art laboratory replaces the current lab in Oakdale Hall, which was built as a tuberculosis hospital in 1917. The Hygienic Laboratory moved to this location in the mid-1970s.

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Jon Sexton
  Jon Sexton  
People might assume Univer-
sity of Iowa employees are able to kick up their heels and relax once the summer months roll around. In some cases, that might be true. For Jon Sexton, interim director of Orientation Services, not so much. He's overseeing Orientation programs for thousands of first-year and transfer students (and countless parents), a task that demands year-round preparation. Sexton found a few minutes to talk with fyi about his favorite aspects of the job, his enjoyment of intramural sport, and his annual moment as a TV star.




"Our goal is to go back to the Earth’s radiation belt and make the best measure that’s ever been made."

Craig Kletzing, professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, (The Daily Iowan, May 12)

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