The University of IowaAnnual Report 2008-09

January

Football player running with the ball.The University of Iowa football team beats the University of South Carolina in the Outback Bowl, becoming the only Big Ten team to win a bowl game for the season. More than 20,000 alumni and fans join the Hawkeyes in Tampa, Fla., capping months of events sponsored by the UI Alumni Association’s Iowa Alumni Club Network.

Investigators in the College of Public Health publish the first study documenting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in swine and swine workers in the United States. MRSA had previously been documented in swine in Canada and the Netherlands.

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is ranked in the nation’s top 25 by Parents magazine.

The Tippie College of Business full-time MBA finance program ranks best in the world among public universities (ninth among all universities) in a Financial Times poll.

Two women on stage.The Department of Theatre Arts celebrates its return to the Theatre Building by launching a full slate of spring productions. The department, part of the Division of Performing Arts in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the first flood-displaced arts program to return home.

A Graduate College alumna wins the nation’s top dissertation award. Jessica Horst, who earned a doctorate in psychology in 2007, earns the Council of Graduate Schools/UMI Distinguished Dissertation Award for "Turning Novel Names into Known Names," a study of how children learn language. With its fifth win, the UI garners more of the awards than any other university, surpassing second-place Yale.

The University marks the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights with events including a Day of Service sponsored by the UI Civic Engagement Program.

The BioVentures Center, a 35,000-square-foot facility dedicated to growing life-sciences start-up companies, opens at the UI Research Park.

Investigators from the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences venture to opposite ends of the earth for two research projects. Engineers Don Kirchner and William Robison test a new ice-penetrating radar in Antarctica, while Scott Bounds prepares sounding-rocket experiments that will study the Earth’s auroras from a site north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

The first national study on nursing home social workers calls for standardizing staff credentials. The study, led by Mercedes Bern-Klug, assistant professor of social work in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, finds that only half of nursing home social workers currently have a social work degree, and 20 percent don’t have a four-year degree.

UI Hospitals and Clinics is named a top 100 hospital for nursing professionals by Nursing Professionals magazine.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announces that it will finance either replacement or restoration and mitigation of two UI building complexes that took major damage in the 2008 flood: Hancher Auditorium, Voxman Music Building, and Clapp Recital Hall; and the Art Building East complex.

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