Radio Iowa: U-I wins grant for health stories project

Radio Iowa: U-I wins grant for health stories project. “A project-based at the University of Iowa has won a national grant to launch a digital library for demonstrating the importance of stories about health. The narratives will teach people how to gather personal stories about health — in English and Spanish. Codirector Daena Goldsmith says the project has the ability to improve patients’ lives and improve health care provider morale, especially during a pandemic.”

University of Iowa Libraries: Brokaw’s Press Passes Grant Access to Unique History

University of Iowa Libraries: Brokaw’s Press Passes Grant Access to Unique History. “Beyond the hours of television appearances and bylines, there are unique ways in which we can come to learn and know about [Tom] Brokaw’s impressive list of journalistic endeavors. The Brokaw collection, located in the University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives, is one of those places where viewers can get a glimpse into the history of the world according to the accounts of one of America’s greatest journalistic icons.”

The Program Era Project: Limning the depths of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s literary influence (University of Iowa)

University of Iowa: The Program Era Project: Limning the depths of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s literary influence. “The Program Era Project, or PEP, uses data visualization and other computer-assisted methods to track the aesthetic and cultural influence of the Workshop since its founding in 1936. In particular, writers affiliated with the Workshop, both as alumni and/or professors, have gone on to found or teach at many other creative writing programs around the nation…. The PEP, supported by the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio at UI Libraries, has compiled extensive datasets that track those networks of Workshop-affiliated writers.”

Washington Post: Iowa cuts four sports, becoming the first Big Ten school to ax programs during the pandemic

Washington Post: Iowa cuts four sports, becoming the first Big Ten school to ax programs during the pandemic. “Four sports that had spanned a combined 328 years at the University of Iowa suffered discontinuation [August 21], trimmed from another athletics budget ailing from the effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic. In an open letter, the university president and the athletic director of a program in an especially stormy year announced the end of the men’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s swimming and men’s tennis programs at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. It signaled the end of programs that had begun, respectively, in 1922, 1917, 1974 and 1939, according to Iowa media guides.”

Daily Iowan: UI fossil collection receives 18,000 donated pieces

Daily Iowan: UI fossil collection receives 18,000 donated pieces. “UI Earth and Environmental Sciences Collections Manager Tiffany Adrain is in charge of handling the fossil donation. She helped move the 250 boxes of bones this summer with the help of four intrigued students…. [Robert] Wolf documented all of his fossils on index cards and organized them into 22 boxes and two binders. This information will be cross-referenced by professionals and faculty members from the UI and other institutions after it is added to an online database, Adrain said.”

Iowa City Press-Citizen: University of Iowa museums and library working together to preserve the past

Iowa City Press-Citizen: University of Iowa museums and library working together to preserve the past. “‘Most people don’t realize that museums display 10 percent or less of their holdings,’ said Cindy Opitz, director of research collections with the UI. ‘We have a lot of research collections behind the scenes that aren’t on display.’ This year, both UI Libraries and Museum of Natural History have received grant money from the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs to help preserve the past and make its study as accessible as possible.”

Iowa Public Radio: Where Are Iowa’s Private Wells? New Online Map Shares Location, Water Quality Data

Iowa Public Radio: Where Are Iowa’s Private Wells? New Online Map Shares Location, Water Quality Data. “Iowans now have a new way to find out about private drinking water wells in their area. A team of researchers at the University of Iowa has built an interactive online map for residents, engineers and well drillers to better access well location and water quality information.”

The Daily Iowan: Facing rising subscription costs, UI Libraries cancels more than 800 journal, database subscriptions

The Daily Iowan: Facing rising subscription costs, UI Libraries cancels more than 800 journal, database subscriptions. “As the cost of subscribing to scholarly publications such as journals and databases rises, the University of Iowa Libraries is forced to cut subscriptions to research that students and faculty need. The UI Libraries has announced it would cancel more than 800 journal and database subscriptions, saving more than $600,00.”

The Daily Iowan: New database by the Office of Sustainability bridges the gap between UI researchers and the community

The Daily Iowan: New database by the Office of Sustainability bridges the gap between UI researchers and the community . “The Sustainability Scientists and Scholars database currently holds 42 different profiles for all faculty levels, scientists, research staff, research administration, and graduate students. It hosts over 200 topics and fields ranging from water quality to geological processes, economics, and climate change.” This is the University of Iowa.

University of Iowa Libraries: University of Iowa Libraries becomes institutional member of Open Access publisher Cogitatio

University of Iowa Libraries: University of Iowa Libraries becomes institutional member of Open Access publisher Cogitatio. “Today hefty paywalls prevent research published in most scholarly journals from being read online by audiences that many academics often most want to reach—policy makers and elected officials, industry leaders, non-profits, educators, the general public, and even faculty from smaller teaching colleges and community colleges. The University of Iowa Libraries has signed an institutional agreement with Cogitatio Press to support Open Access publishing by faculty, students and staff in their journals. “

University of Iowa: Professor Warren gifts Shawnee Tribe with extensive archive

University of Iowa: Professor Warren gifts Shawnee Tribe with extensive archive. “Since he was an undergraduate, University of Iowa Professor of History and American Studies Stephen Warren has devoted much of his research to the Shawnee Tribe. His work took on special significance when he recently gifted the tribe with an extensive archive of materials that he has compiled over years of work, which will increase the materials’ reach and allow tribal members to speak on their own terms about their cultural identity.”

University of Iowa: Rare Recordings of Civil Rights Activists Available Now

University of Iowa: Rare Recordings of Civil Rights Activists Available Now. “In 1963 and 1964, attorney Bob Zellner recorded a series of interviews with civil rights activists in Mississippi and Alabama. Zellner conducted the interviews on behalf of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in an effort to document the activists’ experiences, which were often under challenging and violent circumstances. The interviewees participated in the Mississippi Summer Project in 1964, later to be known as Freedom Summer, a drive to register African Americans in the Magnolia State to vote. For decades, attempts by blacks to register at county court houses across the state were met with intimidation, harassment, and even violence. Freedom Summer was an organized response to this situation, with activists from across the U.S. participating, including over 800 college and university students. Among them were about a dozen students from the University of Iowa.”

The Daily Iowan: UI collection of art graduate pieces finds a new physical and digital home

The Daily Iowan: UI collection of art graduate pieces finds a new physical and digital home. “With around 6,000 pieces of artwork created by UI art graduates in the collection, some dating back to the 1930s, the Thesis Rental Gallery tells the university’s art history. In May, the Thesis Rental Gallery moved to the Old Museum of Art on the west side of campus, a much more central location compared to their former space in Oakdale. Beginning fall semester, the gallery is being moved to an online database as well.”

University of Iowa Libraries: UI Libraries collaborates to expand access to research data

University of Iowa Libraries: UI Libraries collaborates to expand access to research data. “Students, faculty, and researchers across the Midwest and beyond will gain crucial access to large research datasets through a secure, cloud-based platform called CADRE (Collaborative Archive & Data Research Environment). CADRE will be developed through a large-scale partnership led by the Indiana University Libraries and the Indiana University Network Science Institute.”