The Iowa Board of Regents has adopted a plan to change how state funding is allocated to Iowa's three Regents' universities. Host Ben Kieffer talks with IPR's Dean Borg about the factors that will be used to set future funding levels, including numbers of in-state students and graduation rates.
Former Army Spec. Kain Schilling says he owes his life to his friend and comrade former Army Sergeant Kyle White, “I could never repay him. We’re good friends... He knows I’m extremely thankful and that my family is eternally grateful.”
Schilling lives in Palo, Iowa and attended a White House ceremony earlier this week where his friend and was awarded the United States Military’s highest honor, the Medal of Honor. He talks with host Ben Kieffer about an ambush in Afghanistan in 2007 by Taliban forces when White saved his life and the lives of several others in their unit.
Have you ever wished the Museum of Natural History would visit you? Well, it’s on its way.
This spring The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History has launched a new initiative - the University of Iowa Mobile Museum - in collaboration with the UI’s Old Capitol Museum and the Office of the State Archaeologist. The 38-foot, custom built RV will being its tour of the state next week.
In 1955 Virginia Myers first arrived in Iowa City with $150 in her pocket. When she stepped off the train, she had no place to live and no job. She hadn’t even been in touch with the University of Iowa about enrolling in classes, even though that was the reason she came to Iowa in the first place.
David Skorton used to open his Iowa Public Radio jazz show like this, "As night falls over the river city and all of eastern Iowa, it's time for jazz."
Skorton is the former president of the University of Iowa, and has served as president of Cornell University, and he will become the Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute next year. You might remember his radio jazz show “As Night Falls” which he co-hosted with the late Frank Conroy. Hear about Skorton's expectations of his upcoming job:
Students at the University of Iowa called for the school to take a harsher stance against sexual assault, during an on-campus listening session with university officials Thursday. Female students discussed fears of walking home in the dark, or difficulties filing reports against perpetrators. Others drew comparisons between the university’s formal zero-tolerance policies on drugs and plagiarism, but not for sexual assault.
President Sally Mason used her opening remarks to discuss her own experience with sexual assault, as an undergraduate student in Kentucky.
Researchers at the University of Iowa have received a $125,000 federal grant to study the effects of frack sand mining on air quality.
The rise in hydraulic fracturing in the US and Canada has created demand for silica sand, used in the fracking process. There’s currently just one major frack sand mine in Iowa’s Clayton County. But parts of northeast Iowa are rich in these sand deposits.
Researchers operating on federal grants have welcomed the end of the partial government shutdown. As federal employees return to work, IPR’s Durrie Bouscaren considers some of the lasting implications for medical research in Iowa.
At the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Doctor Sue O’Dorisio is working on a drug for children with brain cancer. She pulls up an MRI image from a young woman who participated in one of her clinical trials—a tumor sits at the base of her brain.
In Iowa City, a highly visible end of an era for a fine arts icon: Hancher Auditorium’s walls will fall to demolition crews Monday – five years after the Iowa River’s muddy flood waters surged over the stage where the world’s best dancers, musicians, and thespians once performed. Demolition crews have been working inside since early summer, gutting Hancher’s interior.
Since the 2008 flood, the University of Iowa spent nearly $2 million, using 500,0000 gallons of propane to meet FEMA requirements to keep the building climate-controlled.
The final vote on whether wrestling will remain an Olympic sport takes place this weekend in Argentina. So will the sport many connect with the original Olympics be ousted? The “Iowa Nice Guy”, aka Des Moines actor and filmmaker, Scott Siepker has surfaced again, this time to support wrestling’s bid to regain its Olympic spot for 2020 and ’24. We talk with him in the first half hour.
This week on University Concert, we'll hear selections from three 2010 concerts by the University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra, a graduate student ensemble directed by Dr. William LaRue Jones. They'll be playing music by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Wagner.
University Concert is our weekly spotlight on live music taking place on college and university campuses across the state. It can be heard Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.
Water gushes out of the Coralville Reservoir and into the Iowa River which is now at a moderate flood stage 24.74 feet. Major flood stage is at 25 feet. The record flood level for the Iowa River in Iowa City was set in 2008 at 31.53 feet.
The college students who participate in Dance Marathon do a lot of dancing but that is just the beginning. Dance Marathon is an event designed to raise money for kids with cancer. Two weekends ago, dancers in Ames at Iowa State University raised more than $380,000. Last weekend dancers in Iowa City at the University of Iowa raised more than $1,529,000.
Recently, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke in court for the first time in almost seven years.
Ben Kieffers talks with Todd Pettys and Song Richardson, two faculty members from the University Of Iowa College of Law. They discuss key cases before nation’s highest court this year including the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8, which bans same-sex marriage, and DOMA, The Defense of Marriage Act.
Following an investigation, Sue Savage-Rumbaugh has been cleared and reinstated as the resident scientist at the Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary, formerly the Great Ape Trust, but the future of the organization is anything but certain. Charity Nebbe talks with Sue Savage- Rumbaugh and Executive Director Julie Gilmore about the work their doing and their plans and hopes for the future.
Then, University of Iowa alum Brittany Griffith shares her experiences as a professional rock climber.
How many times a day do you wash your hands? Most people don’t keep track, but researchers at the University of Iowa are studying how well and how often hospital workers hand-wash. Ben Kieffer speaks with several researchers who are studying how infections spread in hospitals. But first, we discuss the impact of a drug-resistant bacteria discovered in some wildlife species in the state.
Marvin Bell, a former Iowa Poet Laureate, and Christopher Merrill, author and director of the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program, are both men with many fascinating things to say. Together, the two friends talk with Charity Nebbe about the issues they explored of life, love, and memory through a correspondence in poetry, which they compiled into the book, "Everything At Once."
When the Englert Theater in Iowa City was built in 1912 it cost 60,000 dollars. The complete restoration of the theater, completed in 2004, cost 5 million dollars. Now at 100 many believe the Englert is priceless. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Englert Director Andre Perry to celebrate the centennial of the Englert Theatre. Then she explores the intersection where art and life collide with University of Iowa theater professor Eric Forsythe.
Senator Chuck Grassley talks with host Ben Kieffer as he reflects on the death of former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter. Then Walter Olson, a fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Constitutional studies, shares the importance of a current legal case where a University of Iowa law school graduate claims the school didn't hire her because of her conservative political views. Then, Des Moines Register's Senior News Director, Carol Hunter, discusses the launch of a new series examining the living conditions of Iowa’s children, and a political update by IPR’s Clay Masters.
When he was 11-years-old, author Jeremy Jackson fell in love for the first time, saw his sister leave for college and lost his grandmother. It was not the end of his childhood, but, for him, it was the beginning of truly growing up. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jackson about his new memoir, "I Will Not Leave You Comfortless." Then, Napoleon is visiting Iowa City. We hear about a new exhibit on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, "Napoleon and the Art of Propaganda."
Thirty-five years after its launch, Voyager 1 is now the most distant man-made object, more than 11 billion miles from the sun and new evidence shows it’s nearing interstellar space. Host Ben Kieffer, talks with Voyager 1 scientist and University of Iowa space physicist, Don Gurnett, about the next phase of the spacecraft’s journey.
Thirty-one writers from 28 countries are arriving in Iowa to participate in the writing residency program. UI International Writing Program Director Chris Merrill talks with Ben Kieffer about the program and what it takes to bring the world's greatest writers to Iowa.
In his new book, celebrated poet, essayist, and Director of the University of Iowa International Writing Program Christopher Merrill explores the nature of terror, its place in the post-911 world and how terror unites and galvanizes those in the throes of it. In The Tree of Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War Merrill takes us on his exotic journeys to Malaysia, China, the Dead Sea and war-torn Syria.