The University of IowaAnnual Report 2008-09


Fireworks with Old Capitol dome in background.Fireworks light the sky behind Old Capitol as campus and community celebrate both Independence Day and a sense that they’ve weathered the worst of the summer’s flooding. Clean-up work begins immediately as the University locates temporary homes for displaced programs and organizes relief for students, faculty, staff, and community members who’ve suffered personal losses.

The College of Education’s Belin-Blank Center celebrates 20 years of enhancing education for talented and gifted students.

Investigators in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Physics and Astronomy report that the Voyager 2 spacecraft, which has been traveling outward from the sun for more than 30 years, has made the first direct observations of the solar wind termination shock. Don Gurnett, professor of physics, and Bill Kurth, research scientist, publish their findings in the journal Nature.

Two workers at the appreciation event.The University hosts appreciation events for flood-relief workers. With help from the Office of the Provost, faculty, staff, and students from flood-affected buildings serve up barbeque and soft drinks for approximately 630 workers assisting with clean-up operations. In addition, Iowa Governor Chet Culver signs an emergency proclamation that grants the UI additional flexibility in awarding reconstruction bids.

The flood-affected Main Library reopens. Meanwhile, the University establishes an emergency relief fund for faculty, staff, and students displaced from their homes, as well as an online exchange for donating household items and assistance.

University of Iowa Hospitals and ClinicsNine University of Iowa Health Care specialties make U.S. News & World Report’s “best hospitals” list, including otolaryngology and ophthalmology in the top 10. Other ranked programs include orthopaedic surgery, cancer, neurology and neurosurgery, gynecology, kidney disease, urology, and digestive diseases.

A UI sociologist charts American attitudes about gender and leadership, finding that Americans expect women to reach their peak performance as leaders at age 47, four years sooner than men. Michael Lovaglia, professor of sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, says a nationally representative online survey suggests that women are under more pressure to reach the top faster.

Enrique Carrasco, professor in the College of Law, proposes a new mediation and arbitration process that would hold the World Bank accountable when its development projects harm local communities.

The UI teams with Iowa State University to pool resources for genetic research, sharing access to newly acquired massively parallel DNA sequencers that together offer state-of-the-art technology.

A donation from HP helps the WiderNet Project—a service initiative based in the School of Library and Information Science—expand its eGranary Digital Library. More than 200 schools, clinics, and libraries across Africa use eGranary, an offline resource that delivers educational information to developing countries with spotty Internet access. The high-capacity server donated by HP will triple the eGranary collection to include 30 million resources.

These highlights offer a snapshot of UI news and achievements during July 2008. For more, visit the University News Services archives.