Iowa earns ‘Best Buy’ designation
The University of Iowa was named one of 20 “Best Buys” among public colleges across the country by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2010, and was the only Big Ten university to earn the title.
The Fiske Guide assesses the strengths and weaknesses of more than 330 colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Great Britain, and its “Best Buy” selections are based on the quality of academic offerings in relation to the cost of attendance.
The guide calls Iowa “a bargain compared to other Big Ten schools such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Illinois,” adding that “Iowa is world-famous for its creative writing program and Writers’ Workshop.”
University grants hit another high
Despite the 2008 flood, which displaced and interrupted many research programs, University of Iowa faculty, together with staff and students, generated an all-time record $429.5 million in grants and contracts for research, education, and service during fiscal 2009, a 10.3 percent increase from 2008. The total surpassed the one-third-billion dollar mark for the eighth consecutive year. These grants represent initiative and accomplishment by faculty—and provide research and creative opportunities for students.
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle selected for book project
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year in Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver, is the 2009 selection for the community-wide One Community, One Book reading project. The goal of the project, which is coordinated by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights in conjunction with other local and University organizations, is to encourage people to read and discuss the selected book in order to develop a greater community awareness of human rights issues locally, nationally, and internationally. Last year’s selection was A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah.
Influenza info available online
The University of Iowa has launched a new web site—www.uiowa.edu/flu—with the latest information on influenza prevention, plans, and policies. University officials sent parents, students, and community members Aug. 29 letters advising that they get influenza shots, exercise common-sense precautions to avoid getting sick, and stay home should they develop influenza symptoms.
Public health experts expect more influenza cases this year, owing in part to novel H1N1, a virus relatively new in humans. The vast majority of H1N1 cases are mild, and the virus appears to be no more severe than other seasonal influenzas.
Sustainability certificate now available
The University of Iowa has begun offering a new Certificate in Sustainability this fall. The program will allow students to augment their majors and minors with a certificate that promotes an integrated understanding of human and environmental systems and the complex interactions between them.
Students must complete 24 semester hours of course work that includes three introductory core courses, four electives from a designated list, and one project course. Courses already required as part of a student’s major or minor fields of study may count toward the certificate. Students must also maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average.
The required courses include Introduction to Sustainability, Introduction to Environmental Science, and Contemporary Environmental Issues. The required projects will address advanced problems in design, sustainability and education, multimedia writing on the topic of a green economy, and other relevant issues.
For information on additional UI sustainability efforts, visit http://energy.uiowa.edu.