Sexual harassment education required of all UI employees
FEMA announces financing options for flood-damaged UI buildings
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will finance either the replacement or restoration and mitigation of two major University of Iowa building complexes damaged in the flood of June 2008, UI president Sally Mason has announced. Those buildings include Hancher Auditorium, Voxman Music Building and Clapp Recital Hall, and the Art Building East complex.
"It is important to understand that FEMA is not directing the University to replace the Hancher/Voxman/Clapp complex or the Art Building East complex," Mason says. "The University, with proper campus consultation, will examine the costs and benefits of both options and make a recommendation to the Board of Regents as soon as possible."
Mason said the University would develop an "ambitious" schedule for rebuilding flood-damaged buildings.
Several other major UI buildings damaged by the flood will be eligible for FEMA financing for restoration and mitigation strategies to prevent damage from future flooding. Those include Art Building West, Iowa Advanced Technology Laboratories, Theatre Building, the Iowa Memorial Union, the Museum of Art building, Hawkeye Court Apartments, and the UI power plant and energy distribution systems.
Read the full University News Services release at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/january/012609fema.html.
EPA notes University's carbon emission reduction for 2008
University of Iowa Museum of Art collection will return to home state
An intrastate alliance will soon bring the University of Iowa Museum of Art's (UIMA) collection back to Iowa.
The Figge Art Museum, Iowa's oldest art museum, has offered the UIMA significant space for display and storage of its permanent collection, Museum of Art–organized exhibitions, and traveling shows in its 3-year-old, state-of-the-art museum building in Davenport, Iowa.
With the exception of a selection of nearly 250 works of art that returned to campus in October, the UIMA collection has been in storage in Chicago since its evacuation during the June 2008 flood. Access to that facility for students, faculty, and staff has been limited, and public access was unavailable.
Along with gallery space, the Figge has reorganized its storage facilities in order to be able to offer the UIMA a significant amount of storage space—enough to house most of the UIMA collection, allowing the University's Museum of Art staff access to the collection in order to curate exhibitions, make loans to other institutions, perform general maintenance, and carry out other normal museum functions. Office space will also be allocated to some of the University staff for their museum work.
All University of Iowa students, faculty, staff, and UI Museum of Art donors will receive free admission to the Figge during regular hours.
Read the full University News Services release at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/january/012309figge.html.
Proposals sought for Catalyst Award Seed Grants
The University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD) is seeking proposals for the Catalyst Award Seed Grant. The Catalyst Award celebrates distinctive and innovative diversity contributions at The University of Iowa.
Supported campuswide, the seed grants are intended for projects that enhance the diversity goals outlined in The Iowa Promise, the University's strategic plan. Preference is given to collaborative grants that support projects and programs that advance cross-cultural understanding; strengthen positive inter-group relations; and promote a welcoming learning, living, and working environment.
Available to UI faculty, staff, and students, the grant provides $500 to $1,000 in seed money for start-up projects or programs that are sustainable, as well as short-term projects that demonstrate significance and impact. Guidelines and selection criteria are available at www.uiowa.edu/~eod.
Applications are due Friday, Feb. 13. Send a hard copy of the application to the EOD, 202 Jessup Hall, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Awardees will be announced Friday, Feb. 27; funds must be used by Feb. 26, 2010. For more information contact Dorothy Simpson-Taylor at email@example.com or 319-335-0705.
UI Recreational Services to host "Moonlight Ski and S'mores" Feb. 6
After being out on the trails, skiers/snowshoers can cozy up next to a campfire and enjoy s'mores and hot chocolate. If there is not enough snow, the event will proceed with a night hike instead.
This event is free and open to the public. Participants are reminded to dress warmly. Skis or snowshoes are available at the UI Outdoor Rental Center, 2820 Prairie Meadows Drive in Iowa City.
Touch the Earth provides various outdoor recreation opportunities to the University community and the general public. For more information on upcoming clinics, trips, and the Outdoor Rental Center, call 319-384-1225 or visit www.recserv.uiowa.edu/programs/TTE/index.html.
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Study suggests manager bonuses for better mutual fund performance
University of Iowa finance professor Ashish Tiwari knows that "bonus" is sort of a bad word in business these days.
Tiwari, who is a faculty member in the Tippie College of Business, still thinks it might be a good idea because his research suggests portfolio performance would improve if such bonuses were allowed.
The Securities and Exchange Commission placed restrictions on performance-linked bonuses starting in 1971 to protect investors from money managers taking excessive risks with a client's money in search of better performance and a higher bonus. While bonuses are still allowed, SEC regulations require managers to also be penalized if their fund underperforms. Since most managers presumably don't want to pay the penalty, they instead opt to collect an annual management fee that is based on the value of the portfolio.
In his forthcoming paper, "Incentive contracts in delegated portfolio management," coauthored with Louisiana State University finance professor and Tippie College alumnus Wei Li, Tiwari suggests that allowing bonuses without the underperformance penalty could provide incentives significantly increasing the quality of a manager's information.
Read the full University News Services release at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/january/012209mutualfund.html.
UI study finds MRSA in Midwestern swine, workers
The first study documenting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in swine and swine workers in the United States has been published by University of Iowa researchers.
The investigators found a strain of MRSA, known as ST398, in a swine production system in the Midwest, according to the paper published online Jan. 23 by the science journal PLoS One.
"Our results show that colonization of swine by MRSA was very common in one of two corporate swine production systems we studied," says Tara Smith, associate professor of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health and lead author of the study. "Because ST398 was found in both animals and humans, it suggests transmission between the two.
"Our findings also suggest that once MRSA is introduced, it may spread broadly among both swine and their caretakers. Agricultural animals could become an important reservoir for this bacterium," Smith adds.
Staphylococcus aureus, often called "staph," are bacteria commonly carried on the skin or in the nose of healthy people. MRSA is a type of staph that is resistant to the broad-spectrum antibiotics commonly used to treat it. A recent study estimated that MRSA caused 94,000 infections and more than 18,000 deaths in the United States in 2005.
Read the full University News Services release at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/january/012309mrsa_study.html.