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February 4, 2005
Volume 42, No. 7


Small Wonder: Scientists explore the brave new (little) world of nanoscience
Grand re-opening reveals new and improved Burge
Hawkeye docs and trainers think fast and score with lifesaving move at football game dinner
Staff orientation offers some new tidbits for old-timers

news and briefs

News Briefs
Faculty, Global Scholars announced
Distinguished UI scholar of human rights to deliver annual Presidential Lecture
Nine receive Instructional Improvement Awards

January Longevity Awards



Bulletin Board

Offices and Awards

Publications and Creations

Ph.D. Thesis Defenses

other links

TIAA Cref Unit Values

Learning and Development Courses

The University of Iowa

The University of Iowa


Flamingo dancer

Fandango at the festival

More than 100 diverse cultures—both international and domestic—will highlight a variety of dancing, ethnic foods, arts and crafts, music, sports, fashion, and other activities at the 16th annual Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival, from noon to 5 p.m., Feb. 20, in the Field House. The festival offers not only fun for adults and children but also ways for everyone to explore how cultures in the United States intersect with cultures from around the world.


New program for those wishing they were homeward bound

Emergencies happen, as we all know. You become sick at work, or your son or daughter comes down with the flu at school. But what can you do if your ride home doesn’t arrive for another four or five hours?

Thanks to UI Parking and Transportation’s new Emergency Ride Home program, you don’t have to feel like you’re stuck at work if you depend on a ride from a carpool or bus. If an emergency arises while you are at work and you rode to work using one of the University’s ridesharing programs, the University will pick up your tab for a taxicab ride home. Save your taxicab receipt and turn it in with a reimbursement form (available online—see link below) and a copy of your University Absence Report (signed by your supervisor) to Commuter Programs, 100 HPR2.

All UI employees (except student workers or biweekly nonstudent workers) enrolled in the University’s vanpool, TRIP-Pool, or Employee Bus Pass program are eligible for the emergency ride reimbursement. Employees cannot use the program for nonemergency inconveniences, such as needing to work overtime or past a normal departure time or to handle personal errands, appointments, weather conditions, vehicle malfunctions, or transit service disruptions or delays.

Employees also cannot use the program in connection with work-related injuries. For more details about the Emergency Ride Home program, go to the program’s web page at

Open forum with President Skorton set for March 1

The University of Iowa Staff Council invites P&S and MSE/C staff to attend a brown bag lunch to raise issues, ask questions, and converse with President Skorton:

Tuesday, March 1, 2004
Noon-1 PM
Illinois Room, Iowa Memorial Union

Link to poster.

Weekly WRAC groups support wide range of concerns

The Women’s Resource and Action Center (WRAC) is offering a number of groups open to the public beginning in early February. Discussion, therapy, reading, and writing groups will meet weekly on concerns that include eating disorders, postpartum depression, the winter blahs, personal relationships, resources for single mothers, and feminism in novels.

Preregistration is required to attend the groups. All groups are open to the public.

WRAC does not charge for participation, but participants are encouraged to donate $10 (per group) to help cover the center’s expenses.

For more information, or to arrange for needed accommodations to participate, call the WRAC offices at (33)5-1486 or visit

Next round of cuts: $2 million

President David Skorton in late January announced $2 million in general education fund (GEF) budget reductions, with the savings to be reallocated within the University’s FY2006 budget.

The reductions in GEF support to various units are based on recommendations from a May 17, 2004, report from the General Education Fund Task Force, an ad hoc committee of faculty, staff, and students appointed by Skorton. Measures for the coming fiscal year are in addition to $2 million in GEF reductions and reallocations undertaken during the current 2004-05 fiscal year. The Task Force report was also the basis for the FY05 budget decisions.

Key GEF support reductions for FY06 include:

  • Facilities Management-utilities ($500,000)
  • Continuing Education ($295,000)
  • Information Technology ($275,000)
  • Athletics Department ($250,000)
  • Business service functions ($138,000)
  • Office for Corporate Partnerships ($85,000)
  • Museum of Art ($70,000)
  • Custodial Service ($50,000)
  • Radio stations WSUI and KSUI ($50,000)
  • Printing Services ($47,824)
  • University Relations Publications ($45,000)
  • Hancher Auditorium ($25,000)
  • University of Iowa Press ($20,000)
  • New Technology in the Learning Environment program ($10,000).

UI insurance institute renamed

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has renamed the Institute of Risk Management and Insurance at The University of Iowa the Emmett J. Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Emmett J. Vaughan, J.E. Partington Professor of Insurance in the Tippie College of Business, helped establish the University’s insurance education program as one of the top four programs in the nation. Vaughan, who died in 2004, was a preeminent scholar, and his book, Fundamentals of Risk Management and Insurance, is a leading insurance textbook.

The mission of the Vaughan Institute of Risk Management and Insurance is to provide a comprehensive program of education, research, and leadership in the field of risk management and insurance.

Associate provost openings

The Office of the Provost is seeking candidates for the following associate provost positions: associate provost for faculty, associate provost and dean of continuing education, associate provost and dean of International Programs, and associate provost for health sciences. These fiscal (12-month) appointments will begin July 2005.

Candidates must hold a terminal degree in an academic or professional discipline at the rank of tenured professor at The University of Iowa. For further qualification requirements, please refer to the job advertisements at:

Application materials should be sent to: AP Search Committee, c/o Amy Kirkey, The University of Iowa, Office of the Provost, 111 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242.

Screening and interviews will begin early in the spring 2005 semester and continue until the positions are filled.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Hay named to research post

On June 1, Meredith Hay, assistant to the vice president for academic affairs at the University of Missouri System, will become the new vice president for research at The University of Iowa.

Hay is a faculty member in the School of Medicine of the University of Missouri. Greg Carmichael, UI professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and chair of the search committee, says Hay places a priority on interdisciplinary research. Hay is known for her research of central nervous system mechanisms regulating blood pressure.

A Texas native, Hay earned a BA in psychology from the University of Colorado, Denver, in 1983; an MA in neurobiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1987; and a PhD in cardiovascular pharmacology from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, in 1990. She trained as a postdoctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Center in the UI College of Medicine.

The vice president for research leads the University’s research, scholarly, and creative programs, including Sponsored Programs, the University of Iowa Research Foundation, selected Central Research Support Facilities and centers, and a set of regulatory compliance units such as the Human Subjects Office, Animal Care Unit, and Health Protection Office.

Hay also will supervise the Oakdale Research Park, the Office of Corporate Partnerships, the University of Iowa Press, and the International Writing Program.



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