The University of IowaAnnual Report 2008-09


Native Americans drumming.A powwow sponsored by the UI American Indian Student Association returns to campus after a three-year hiatus. Dancers and drum groups from across the Midwest compete for more than $14,000 in cash awards, while food, arts, and crafts let participants and guests experience American Indian cultures. Past campus powwows drew up to 7,000 people, making them some of the University’s largest student events.

UI researchers identify a genetic abnormality that appears to prevent some men from conceiving children. The research, co-authored by Michael Hildebrand, a postdoctoral researcher in otolaryngology in the Carver College of Medicine, could be the key to developing a male contraceptive.

Twenty-one UI graduate programs rank among the top 10 in their fields compared to other public university programs in U.S. News & World Report magazine’s annual survey. Five—speech-language pathology; audiology; physician assistant; nursing service administration; and geriatric nursing—rank number one.

A poll from the Department of Political Science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences reports that a majority of Iowans support some recognition of same-sex relationships. The Hawkeye Poll finds that about a third of Iowans oppose both gay marriage and civil unions, while about 26 percent support gay marriage, and 28 percent oppose gay marriage but support civil unions. The poll comes as the state Supreme Court strikes down Iowa’s legislative ban on same-sex marriage.

A partnership with two Iowa community colleges will let students take UI courses on their local campuses starting in fall 2009. Students completing associate’s degrees can go on to pursue UI bachelor’s degrees via online technology delivered with face-to-face support and discussion.

A study by finance professor Erik Lie in the Tippie College of Business suggests that companies that enter bankruptcy tend to emerge too soon, carrying too much debt when compared to peer companies.

Students stretch plastic at garden site.A new student-maintained garden opens on the west campus with construction of a plastic-walled greenhouse and other growing facilities. Students from the UI Environmental Coalition will manage the sustainable garden and produce “field-to-market” vegetable crops for the Iowa Memorial Union. The project also provides hands-on learning for students working toward the new Certificate in Sustainability.

Hawkeye tennis player Christian Bierich becomes the second student-athlete in school history to win the Big Ten Conference Men’s Tennis Singles Championship.

An exhibit of prized works from the UI Museum of Art collection—including Jackson Pollack’s “Mural”—opens at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. The show, titled “A Legacy for Iowa,” is one of several projects that aim to keep the UI collection accessible as the University seeks a permanent home for its flood-displaced art museum. In the meantime, the UI museum takes its education programs on the road to local schools, loans works to institutions around the world, and continues to build its collection.

These highlights offer a snapshot of UI news and achievements during April 2009. For more, visit the University News Services archives.