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Panel: Targeted graduate areas must improve quickly

MORGAN OLSEN

February 16, 2010

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The majority of the UI’s graduate programs scored well, a UI task force said — but those that didn’t must quickly improve or risk restructuring, consolidation, or elimination. The UI Task Force on Graduate Education released...

Task force lays out retention plan

EMILY BUSSE

February 16, 2010

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Increasing retention is key for student success, and the university should implement programs to attract and keep more students, a university task force said on Monday. And more students means more tuition money for the cash-strapped...

Proposal would link professor performance to pay

JOSEPH BELK

February 16, 2010

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The UI should reconsider General Education Fund allocations, factoring in suggestions to tie faculty salary to performance and investing in more programs to bring in tuition revenue, a task force said Monday. Under the new salary...

UI looks to increase diversity, international presence

SAM LANE

February 16, 2010

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A task force report released Monday echoed UI Provost Wallace Loh’s ongoing calls for a university “without borders.” As universities around the country become increasingly diverse and internationally involved, the universi...

More UI outreach recommended

JORDAN FRIES

February 16, 2010

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The UI should strengthen its sustainability efforts and reach out more to community colleges, the UI Task Force on Public Outreach and Civic Engagement said on Monday. The task force is focused on fortifying UI partnerships with...

Task force pushes broad research environment

SAM LANE

February 16, 2010

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A UI task force on Monday noted eight areas of research focus it said should act as a guide when contemplating funding in the future. The 50-page report from the UI Task Force on Research and Creative Excellence is in respons...

UI creates institute for ‘twice-exceptional’

MITCHELL SCHMIDT

February 16, 2010

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UI and state officials are trying to help a unique group of students who, they say, are often overlooked. On Monday, Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, and several university officials gathered at the Blank Honors Center to discuss...

Group wants Ped Mall cameras

MICHAEL ARRIOLA

February 16, 2010

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People walking through Iowa City’s Pedestrian Mall will soon be videotaped 24 hours a day. But experts and local business owners disagree on whether the cameras will have any effect on crime. The Iowa City Downtown Association...

UI establishes postdoctoral office

KATHRYN STINSON

February 16, 2010

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UI postdoctoral research scholar Erik Rader said he and his colleagues have lacked an identity on campus. But with the establishment of the UI Office of Postdoctoral Scholars, he said, they won’t have to feel an identity void...

Spotlight Iowa City: Many theater manifestations

HANNA ROSMAN

February 16, 2010

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Michael Sokoloff thinks violence is the answer when it comes to the stage. Although now a semi-retired freelance writer, director, and fight choreographer, Sokoloff formerly worked in myriad performance spaces, ranging from tents...

CR man charged with theft

DI STAFF

February 16, 2010

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Police have arrested a Cedar Rapids man, alleging that he stole and destroyed a laptop computer last year. Wesly Sillman, 19, Cedar Rapids, was charged Nov. 22, 2009, with second-degree theft after he allegedly entered an apartment...

Literature board names executive director

DI STAFF

February 16, 2010

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The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature has appointed its first executive director. Jeanette Pilak will be paid an annual salary of $80,000, group secretary Joshua Schamberger said. Pilak is tasked with setting up the structure...