The University of Iowa

Annual Report 2010-2011

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A plan of note

Selection of UI School of Music designer highlights performing arts' year

LMN Architects of Seattle has been selected to join Iowa City Architect-of-Record Neumann-Monson for the design of a new home for the University of Iowa School of Music.

LMN designed Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony, as well as the eastern section of the Vancouver Convention Center, which is adjacent to the Canada Place convention center featured in broadcast coverage of the 2010 Winter Games. The firm also designed Prebys Music Center, a $53 million facility completed on the University of California–San Diego campus.

UI President Sally Mason said having top architects on board for two major performing arts facilities—Pelli Clarke Pelli for Hancher and LMN for the School of Music—is an important and positive step toward returning programs struck especially hard by the 2008 floods to permanent homes.

“We are positioning our campus for complete recovery from the 2008 flood. Additionally, we are taking advantage of the opportunity to advance the established success of our arts programs by designing state-of-the-art facilities that will define creativity in the university for generations to come,” Mason said. “LMN is renowned for their music and performing arts design work, and they are just the right fit for this important and transformational project. We look forward to them joining our team.”

The School of Music was displaced in June 2008 when the Iowa River flooded much of the UI arts campus, including Hancher Auditorium, Voxman Music Building and Clapp Recital Hall. After considering repair and replacement options, the UI, the Board of Regents and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) identified replacement as the most responsible option for those facilities.

The School of Music will be housed on two adjacent sites on the southeast and southwest corners of the Clinton-Burlington intersection, pending the successful conclusion of land acquisition negotiations. To view a map of the School of Music site, see The new Hancher, meanwhile, will be built on higher ground near the existing HVC site and designed by New Haven, Conn.-based firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, with a tentative completion date of spring 2015.

Hancher continues "uncontainable" spirit

The "Can't Contain Us!" spirit once again infused the 2010–11 Hancher season as the university's performing arts organization presented world-class artists in venues throughout the community and the state.

Highlights of the season included a staging of the classic Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof in Cedar Rapids, a performance by breakthrough jazz artist Esperanza Spalding, the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's "Legacy Tour" stop in Iowa City, and the world premiere of a collaborative effort by Hancher, "certified lunatic and master of the impossible" Tomás Kubínek, and Orchestra Iowa titled Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony. This last production was performed in Iowa City as well as smaller Iowa communities and Omaha, Neb.


stories about people, being human, our bodies, minds, health care, or existential questions

P also stands for Provost

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Peel appeal

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Fear discovery

Fear discovery could lead to new interventions for PTSD...more

Cystic fibrosis finding

UI-led study could help predict severity of disease, may lead to new therapies...more

Locking out Ebola?

UI-led research team identifies receptor for virus...more

Beating mealtime woes

Pediatric feeding program helps children overcome severe eating difficulties...more

Furry FriendsProgram provides emotional lift to young patients...more

a patient hugs a dog that is part of the Furry Friends program

Working toward justice

UI law students help commute abused woman’s prison sentence...more

Body-language bewilderment

UI study investigates variability in men's recall of sexual cues...more

Muscular dystrophy discovery

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Nursing dedicates center

Top-rated gerontological/geriatric program gets boost from $2.2M donation...more

Heard the buzz?

University of Iowa researchers identify caffeine-consuming bacterium...more

things associated with work—business research, economic development, education

You can’t beat BONGO

BONGO app on a smartphoneNew service helps bus riders get real-time route information via mobile devices...more

Quite the impact

UI contributes $6 billion annually to Iowa economy, creates 1 in 30 jobs...more

Meet the dean

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Holy hardware!

High-performance computing cluster is UI's largest supercomputer ever...more

A precarious development

UI study finds employee training might actually increase turnover...more

“Transformation, reflection”

dentistry building renderingUI Colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy celebrate landmark moments...more

Did you see that?

Marketing researcher examines how we remember what we don't remember...more

Taking back the message

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Meeting real challenges

Wild Bill's Coffee Shop signBusiness student group aids nonprofit organizations... more

Online approach adds up

UI offers new Web-based resources to maximize student math potential...more

Stop the wacky wikis!

wikipedia logoUI researchers design tool to improve Wikipedia accuracy...more

Managers matter

UI researcher finds that bad leadership wrecks companies, despite what leaders wish...more

stories about Iowa, the country, the world, the universe (geography, flooding, immigration, space)

Lightening their load

Virtual Soldier Research helping Navy, Marines with combat effectiveness...more

A welcome proposal

Iowa Flood Center embraces call to develop national flood center...more

Something in the air

UI researcher finds black carbon implicated in global warming...more

Set sail on micro scale

IIHR wave basinIIHR–Hydroscience & Engineering unveils $4.9 million wave basin...more

Sharing our gift

South Korean teachers visit UI to learn more about gifted education...more

Herky hits D.C.Hawkeye Caucus makes trip to nation's capital...more

Herky outside White House in DC

Helping unify a nation

College of Law professor guides Nepal toward new constitution...more

Giving Chile a clearer picture

UI researchers develop system to predict air pollution events for Santiago...more

Screening overseas

Films with UI ties play at renowned Venice, Cannes festivals...more

Aiding a town’s turnaround

Grad students partner with Dubuque on sustainability initiative...more

Beyond science

Lakeside LabLakeside Lab in northwest Iowa serves as regents resource center...more

A global grasp

New UI student group seeks to improve UI, China business opportunities...more

arts and entertainment, athletics

A plan of note

LMN Architects selected to design new facility for UI School of Music...more

Fit for EveryoneNew recreation and wellness center opens...more

Campus Recreation and Wellness Center

Something to admire

UIMA Director Sean O’Harrow envisions art museum for 21st century...more

Hawks’ run continues

Football squad notches third straight bowl win at 2010 Insight Bowl...more

Sophocles, rebooted

University Theatres Mainstage presents interactive Antigone 2.0...more

India has honors

Hawkeye golfer named Big Ten Player of the Year...more

Democracy's harmony

School of Music ensemble’s interactive presentation is music to students’ ears...more

Those Who CanExhibit honors departed art faculty...more

Tom Aprile exhibit

Ladies take KinnickA sporting way to tackle a fund-raiser...more

Marcus Coker hangs on to the ball as a Ladies Football Academy participants tries to take it away

This app is apropos

UI development team launches Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature iPhone app...more

Giving life to the defunct

old typewriterUI literary magazine focuses on trends, fads, cultures that have come and gone...more

More than a game

Law school helps students study the legal side of sports...more


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One for the Ages

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