The University of IowaAnnual Report 2008-09


People touring flood exhibit in Old Capitol Museum.The University hosts a special event to commemorate the year since the 2008 flood. Remarks, photographs, research posters, and excerpts from a UI Libraries oral history project recount the flood and the subsequent rebuilding process.

Witold Krajewski, professor of civil and environmental engineering, is named director of the new Iowa Flood Center, which aims to create community-based programs that improve flood monitoring and prediction. Krajewski, his colleagues from IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, and other UI investigators continue work on a dozen federally funded projects focused on flood phenomena and mitigation.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2010 names the UI one of 44 “Best Buy” universities, the only Big Ten school included among its collegiate bargains.

A report from the Public Policy Center and the Iowa Department of Public Health finds that children with Spanish-speaking parents are more likely than other Iowa children to have trouble getting medical and dental care.

Orientation worker directs new student.Orientation programs begin for fall’s incoming students, with some events relocated to a Hubbard Park site dubbed “The Big Tent.” Held throughout the summer, Orientation welcomes students and their families, introduces them to University life, and lets students register for fall classes, meet advisors, and prepare to join the Hawkeye fold. The Big Tent provides space for sessions that might otherwise be held in the ground floor of the Iowa Memorial Union, which remains closed for reconstruction.

Officials from Washington, Iowa, join UI political scientists and 28 Chicago high school students in a project to chart the town’s priorities. The students design, complete, and analyze a public opinion poll to be presented to the town’s city council, an initiative developed with help with Tom Rice, professor and chair of political science.

The UI Alumni Association presents Distinguished Alumni Awards to a dozen notable alumni and friends: Horace Dawson Jr.; Gail Godwin; Daniel McLean; Robert Sparks; Robert Yager; Lawrence Dorr; Herman Hein; Cheryll Jones; William Olin Sr.; Sheron Yearous; and Lloyd and Betty Schermer.

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