The University of Iowa


Date: 08/27/2013

When the new academic year begins Monday, Aug. 26, the university will open a new Learning Commons in the Main Library, a tech-infused, 24-hour, comfortable study space and one-stop academic help center … with good coffee.

Students can reserve open study areas and private group study spaces that seat up to six people. In both spaces, they can connect their laptops to LCD screens to display and share content. They’ll have their pick of 100 new desktop computers, and can lounge in the expanded Food for Thought Café.

Date: 08/27/2013

The Academic Technologies Advisory Council is seeking proposals for the Innovations in Teaching with Technology Awards. The program aims to raise the level of teaching and learning at the UI by supporting significant and innovative instructional technology projects with potential to directly impact student success and retention. Of the 187 proposals submitted since 2001, 64 have been awarded for a total of over $1 million.

Date: 08/27/2013

The university is already seeing the benefits of a new energy-efficient data center, the first building on campus to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification.

Date: 08/20/2013

Please join us, UI President Sally Mason, and VA Medical Center Director Barry Sharp in kicking off the 2013-2014 academic year and the many years that follow in military and veteran education. Investment in new furniture and technology in the Military and Veteran Student Services space represents the university’s investment in the success of its student veterans and military members. While you’re here, feel free to stop by the new office locations of the Diversity Resources Team.

Date: 08/16/2013

Please let the faculty, instructional staff, and TAs in your department know that the Center for Teaching has a new lineup of fall 2013 semester workshops, including:

Date: 08/05/2013

Over the past year, the campus has been involved in discussions about changes to the summer course schedule.  Provost Butler has now approved the changes that were recommended during this process.  In particular, for our regular on-campus classes, starting in Summer 2014:

Date: 07/26/2013

Last year's On Iowa! was a resounding success, thanks in large part to the many volunteers who helped welcome incoming students to campus. Hundreds of you served the students and their families, helping with residence hall move-in, facilitating late-night activities, and coordinating a massive celebration at Kinnick Stadium, not to mention Convocation and the President's Block Party.

It was quite an event, and we were so proud of our campus community for coming together to help our new students navigate their first days at Iowa. Now, we need your help again.

Date: 07/26/2013

High-performance computing (HPC) supports research that would not otherwise be possible at the University of Iowa – in some cases condensing the time required to run simulations from years to days. With the UI’s first HPC cluster, Helium, operating near capacity, Information Technology Services is now building a second cluster, Neon, that will be be open to researchers by the year’s end.

Date: 07/26/2013

ITS will soon begin migrating student e-mail to Microsoft Office 365, providing them with larger mailboxes (25 GB vs. 1 GB today) and a full portfolio of communication and collaboration tools: (Excel, Power Point, Word, OneNote, instant messaging, video conferencing, and online meetings).

Date: 07/18/2013

I am writing to provide an overview of the recently revised policy:  17.17(6) Extra Compensation for Teaching Academic Courses (aka “Overload Teaching”).  This policy formalizes the Provost Office “Guidelines on Overload Teaching” issued in 2008.  Information about the policy and procedures, including an FAQ, can be found on the Office of the Provost website: