University of Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org en July IAS spotlights Nordic Fest, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, UI Summer Opera, and more! http://iowapublicradio.org/post/july-ias-spotlights-nordic-fest-cedar-valley-chamber-music-festival-ui-summer-opera-and-more <p>Tune in to Iowa Public Radio Classical as you pack the van for this summer’s music festival offerings. Arts events featured on this month’s <em>Iowa Arts Showcase</em> include:&nbsp;</p><ul><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Nordic Fest, with Martha Griesheimer and Randy Schissel</em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, with Hunter Cappoccioni</em></em></em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;">University of Iowa Summer Opera’s production of “Patience,” with Nicholas Wuehrmann</em></li><li><em style="line-height: 1.5;">And Sleepy Bones Allison, aspiring middle school blues guitarist</em></li></ul><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 18:51:16 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 42716 at http://iowapublicradio.org July IAS spotlights Nordic Fest, Cedar Valley Chamber Music Festival, UI Summer Opera, and more! Regents Change University Funding Structure http://iowapublicradio.org/post/regents-change-university-funding-structure <p>The Iowa Board of Regents has adopted a plan to change how state funding is allocated to Iowa's three Regents' universities.&nbsp; 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.</p><p></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:55:42 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Katherine Perkins 41849 at http://iowapublicradio.org Regents Change University Funding Structure Iowan says he owes his life to Medal of Honor Recepient http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowan-says-he-owes-his-life-medal-honor-recepient <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>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.”</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 18:12:09 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Lindsey Moon 40743 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowan says he owes his life to Medal of Honor Recepient Mobile Museum to Tour State http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mobile-museum-tour-state <p>Have you ever wished the Museum of Natural History would visit you? Well, it’s on its way.</p><p>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.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 19:55:21 +0000 Lindsey Moon & Ben Kieffer 40684 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mobile Museum to Tour State Pioneering New Art Forms http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pioneering-new-art-forms <p>In 1955 <a href="http://www.theiowafoilprinter.com/about.php" target="_blank">Virginia Myers</a> 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.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 17:16:43 +0000 Charity Nebbe & Lindsey Moon 40615 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pioneering New Art Forms Art Joins Science in "Crossroads Project" http://iowapublicradio.org/post/art-joins-science-crossroads-project <p><strong><a href="http://www.thecrossroadsproject.org/calendar.html" target="_blank">Tonight at the University of Iowa College of Public Health,</a> </strong>the award-winning composer <strong>Laura Kaminsky</strong>, painter <strong>Rebecca Allen</strong>, physicist <strong>Robert Davies,&nbsp;</strong>and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>The F</strong></span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>r</strong>y Street Quartet</strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">will join forces for an interdisciplinary exploration of </span><stro Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:31:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 38780 at http://iowapublicradio.org Art Joins Science in "Crossroads Project" 'As Night Falls,' it's Time for David Skorton http://iowapublicradio.org/post/night-falls-its-time-david-skorton <p>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."</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:08:59 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 38643 at http://iowapublicradio.org 'As Night Falls,' it's Time for David Skorton UI Students Call For Stricter Sexual Assault Policies, Mason Shares Own Experience http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ui-students-call-stricter-sexual-assault-policies-mason-shares-own-experience <p>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.&nbsp; Others drew comparisons between the university’s formal zero-tolerance policies on drugs and plagiarism, but not for sexual assault.</p><p>President Sally Mason used her opening remarks to discuss her own experience with sexual assault, as an undergraduate student in Kentucky.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 05:28:21 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 36901 at http://iowapublicradio.org UI Students Call For Stricter Sexual Assault Policies, Mason Shares Own Experience Archaeologists Uncover Iowa City's Beginnings on UI campus http://iowapublicradio.org/post/archaeologists-uncover-iowa-citys-beginnings-ui-campus <p>Construction on the University of Iowa campus has uncovered the foundations of homes dating back to Iowa City’s earliest settlers.</p><p>Archeologists are now racing against the clock to dig out what they can at the Hubbard Park site, as Iowa Public Radio’s Durrie Bouscaren reports.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:36:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 36096 at http://iowapublicradio.org Archaeologists Uncover Iowa City's Beginnings on UI campus Air Quality Concerns from Frack Sand to be Studied by UI Team http://iowapublicradio.org/post/air-quality-concerns-frack-sand-be-studied-ui-team-0 <p></p><p>Researchers at the University of Iowa have received a $125,000 federal grant to study the effects of frack sand mining on air quality.</p><p>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 <a href="http://www.pattisonsand.com/">one major frack sand mine </a>in Iowa’s Clayton County. But parts of northeast Iowa are rich in these sand deposits.</p> Fri, 29 Nov 2013 05:30:00 +0000 Sarah McCammon 32781 at http://iowapublicradio.org Air Quality Concerns from Frack Sand to be Studied by UI Team In shutdown's aftermath, medical research could see delays http://iowapublicradio.org/post/shutdowns-aftermath-medical-research-could-see-delays <p>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.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Doctor Sue </span>O’Dorisio<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> 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.</span></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:51:41 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 30788 at http://iowapublicradio.org In shutdown's aftermath, medical research could see delays Five Years After Flood, UI's Hancher Auditorium to be Demolished http://iowapublicradio.org/post/five-years-after-flood-uis-hancher-auditorium-be-demolished <p></p><p></p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">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&nbsp; 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.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 11:45:45 +0000 Dean Borg 29494 at http://iowapublicradio.org Five Years After Flood, UI's Hancher Auditorium to be Demolished Tele-Medicine Abortions / "Iowa Nice Guy" Scott Siepker / UI President Sally Mason http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tele-medicine-abortions-iowa-nice-guy-scott-siepker-ui-president-sally-mason <p>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, <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLcQUSrkLM0" target="_blank">Scott Siepker has surfaced again</a>, 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.<br> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 21:25:20 +0000 Ben Kieffer, Ben Stanton & Katherine Perkins 28697 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tele-Medicine Abortions / "Iowa Nice Guy" Scott Siepker / UI President Sally Mason This Week on University Concert http://iowapublicradio.org/post/week-university-concert <p>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.&nbsp; They'll be playing music by Schumann, Shostakovich, and Wagner.</p><p>University Concert is our weekly spotlight on live music taking place on college and university campuses across the state.&nbsp; It can be heard Saturday mornings at 7:00 a.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:00 p.m.</p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 21:13:17 +0000 Karen Impola 27977 at http://iowapublicradio.org Spring 2013 Iowa Floods http://iowapublicradio.org/post/spring-2013-iowa-floods <p></p><p><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><br><br>&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 30 May 2013 15:30:06 +0000 Dean Borg, Durrie Bouscaren & John Pemble 21623 at http://iowapublicradio.org Spring 2013 Iowa Floods Iowa's Dance Marathons http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowas-dance-marathons <p>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 <a href="http://www.dm.stuorg.iastate.edu/" target="_blank">Iowa State University</a> raised more than $380,000. Last weekend dancers in Iowa City at the <a href="http://dancemarathon.uiowa.edu/">University of Iowa </a>raised more than $1,529,000. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 17:40:49 +0000 Charity Nebbe 14697 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa's Dance Marathons Major Supreme Court Cases for 2013 http://iowapublicradio.org/post/major-supreme-court-cases-2013 <p>Recently, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas spoke in court for the first time in almost seven years.</p><p>Ben Kieffers talks with&nbsp; 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.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 19:41:04 +0000 Ben Kieffer 14035 at http://iowapublicradio.org Major Supreme Court Cases for 2013 Regents Decline to Renew UI President Sally Mason's Contract http://iowapublicradio.org/post/regents-decline-renew-ui-president-sally-masons-contract <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Iowa Board of Regents is declining to renew a contract with University of Iowa President Sally Mason. Regents President Craig Lang confirms that Mason is working without a contract.</p><p>“Her contract – five-year contract – was up in August,” he says. “We did not renew a new contract with President Mason. She is employed at will.”</p><p>Lang says the Regents are asking Mason to improve the University’s statewide outreach, improve relations with the Iowa Legislature, and establish goals.</p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:26:44 +0000 Dean Borg 11720 at http://iowapublicradio.org Regents Decline to Renew UI President Sally Mason's Contract Sue Savage-Rumbaugh Shares Hopes For Future Of Primate Sanctuary http://iowapublicradio.org/post/sue-savage-rumbaugh-shares-hopes-future-primate-sanctuary <p>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.</p><p>Then, University of Iowa alum Brittany Griffith shares her experiences as a professional rock climber.</p><p></p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:29:00 +0000 Charity Nebbe 11324 at http://iowapublicradio.org Sue Savage-Rumbaugh Shares Hopes For Future Of Primate Sanctuary Hospital Acquired Infections http://iowapublicradio.org/post/hospital-acquired-infections <p></p><p>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.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 19:35:06 +0000 Ben Kieffer 10534 at http://iowapublicradio.org Hospital Acquired Infections Christopher Merrill and Marvin Bell http://iowapublicradio.org/post/christopher-merrill-and-marvin-bell <p>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&nbsp;Charity Nebbe about the issues they&nbsp;explored of life, love, and memory through a correspondence in poetry, which they&nbsp;compiled into the book, "Everything At Once."</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 16:41:56 +0000 Charity Nebbe 9949 at http://iowapublicradio.org Christopher Merrill and Marvin Bell The Englert Centennial And An Unexpected Murder Mystery http://iowapublicradio.org/post/englert-centennial-and-unexpected-murder-mystery <p><font size="4">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&nbsp;the Englert is priceless. Host Charity Nebbe talks with&nbsp;Englert Director&nbsp;Andre Perry to&nbsp;celebrate the centennial of the Englert Theatre.&nbsp;Then she&nbsp;explores the intersection where art and life collide with University of Iowa theater professor Eric Forsythe. </font></p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:30:08 +0000 Charity Nebbe 9502 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Englert Centennial And An Unexpected Murder Mystery UI Law School Case, Child Living Conditions In Iowa, And A Political Roundup http://iowapublicradio.org/post/ui-law-school-case-child-living-conditions-iowa-and-political-roundup <p><span style='color: black; line-height: 115%; font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;'><span style='line-height: 115%; font-family: "Calibri","sans-serif"; font-size: 11pt; mso-ascii-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-hansi-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font: minor-bidi; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-languag Mon, 15 Oct 2012 18:30:14 +0000 Ben Kieffer 9391 at http://iowapublicradio.org UI Law School Case, Child Living Conditions In Iowa, And A Political Roundup Veterans' Transitions to Civilian Lives http://iowapublicradio.org/post/veterans-transitions-civilian-lives <p>It’s a transition that isn’t all that easy: military veterans often have a tough time leaving the front line and moving back into life on a college campus or a job back home.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 17:09:50 +0000 Dean Borg 8609 at http://iowapublicradio.org Veterans' Transitions to Civilian Lives Jeremy Jackson and Napoleon http://iowapublicradio.org/post/jeremy-jackson-and-napoleon <p>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.&nbsp; It was not the end of his childhood, but, for him, it was the beginning of truly growing up.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe talks with Jackson about his new memoir, "I Will Not Leave You Comfortless."&nbsp; Then, Napoleon is visiting Iowa City.&nbsp; We hear about a new exhibit on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, "Napoleon and the Art of Propaganda."</p> Thu, 13 Sep 2012 16:27:26 +0000 Charity Nebbe 7917 at http://iowapublicradio.org Jeremy Jackson and Napoleon Voyager 1's Journey Into Interstellar Space http://iowapublicradio.org/post/voyager-1s-journey-interstellar-space <p>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.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 18:16:48 +0000 Ben Kieffer 7705 at http://iowapublicradio.org Voyager 1's Journey Into Interstellar Space Writers Arriving at University of Iowa International Writing Program http://iowapublicradio.org/post/writers-arriving-university-iowa-international-writing-program <p>Thirty-one&nbsp;writers from 28 countries are arriving in Iowa to participate in the writing residency program.&nbsp;UI International Writing Program Director Chris Merrill talks with Ben Kieffer about&nbsp;the program&nbsp;and&nbsp;what it takes to bring the world's greatest writers to Iowa.</p> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:45:13 +0000 Jeff Schmidt 6892 at http://iowapublicradio.org Writers Arriving at University of Iowa International Writing Program Exploring the Nature of Terror http://iowapublicradio.org/post/exploring-nature-terror <div>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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In <i>The Tree of Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War </i>Merrill takes us on his exotic journeys to Malaysia, China, the Dead Sea and war-torn Syria.</div> Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:03:10 +0000 Ben Kieffer 6870 at http://iowapublicradio.org Exploring the Nature of Terror Animal Cognition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/animal-cognition <p>For centuries humans have been trying to better understand the mind of animals, but one researcher believes humans can find some of the answers by looking at our own behavior. University of Iowa Psychology Professor Ed Wasserman, discusses animal cognition, human invention, and intelligent design.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:21:55 +0000 Charity Nebbe 6747 at http://iowapublicradio.org Animal Cognition Mammoth Bones and Iowa's Barefoot Runner http://iowapublicradio.org/post/mammoth-bones-and-iowas-barefoot-runner <p>An Iowa man and his sons made a huge discovery on their Oskaloosa farm recently. Now scientists are in the process of excavating a mammoth skeleton.&nbsp; We&rsquo;ll hear what they hope to learn from the find. Then, 18-year-old&nbsp;Rae&nbsp;Heim of Carroll&nbsp;is running barefoot across the country this year from Boston to Huntington Beach, CA. Tue, 26 Jun 2012 19:41:38 +0000 Ben Kieffer 3783 at http://iowapublicradio.org Mammoth Bones and Iowa's Barefoot Runner