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Guest Opinion: Physicians shouldn’t condescend to those preferring alternative medicine

Guest Opinion: Physicians shouldn't condescend to those preferring alternative medicine

March 11, 2020

The divide between homeopathic and allopathic medicine dates back to the 1800s and, albeit shrinking, is still very much present today. As much as public interest in alternative medicine seems to have grown outside of clinic doors, the irritation and dismissive avoidance of the matter among healt...

Guest Opinion: Immigration detention centers have devastating health impacts on children

Community members partake in an immigration reform rally at the Pentacrest on Oct. 27, 2018. Iowans who have been negatively impacted by immigration shared their stories during the rally.

February 24, 2020

Children are dying at immigration detention centers. More are leaving the detention centers with psychological trauma. With more than 70,000 children apprehended at the border in 2019, it is critical to address the treatment of detained children migrants. Children can be found in three different arms ...

Guest Opinion: Faculty Senate has power to fix catastrophic leave

Associate Professor of Instruction for the Rhetoric Department Megan Knight reads a statement during a protest for sick leave time at the Old Capitol Building on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Faculty Forward would like to establish a sick leave bank for non-tenure track faculty. The University of Iowa’s Catastrophic Leave policy covers two percent of faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, most of the uncovered faculty are non-tenure track.

February 20, 2020

Last semester, months of meetings and back-and-forth between some of my contingent faculty colleagues, members of Faculty Senate, and representatives of the University of Iowa Human Resources department came to a sudden halt when the faculty senators decided to push through a catastrophic sick-leave po...

Guest Opinion: All Democrats should vote for whoever wins the primary

President Trump pauses during a speech at the Iowa GOP’s America First Dinner at the Ron Pearson Center in West Des Moines on June 11, 2019.

February 12, 2020

As a 19-year-old first-year student, this is my first go at a presidential election. That’s not to say I wasn’t politically active as a 16-year-old for the 2016 election, but I wasn’t able to finish the job by casting a ballot. In 2016, I was a huge supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. It is...

Guest Opinion: New catastrophic leave policy for UI faculty is faulty

Associate Professor of Instruction for the Rhetoric Department Megan Knight reads a statement during a protest for sick leave time at the Old Capitol Building on Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Faculty Forward would like to establish a sick leave bank for non-tenure track faculty. The University of Iowa’s Catastrophic Leave policy covers two percent of faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, most of the uncovered faculty are non-tenure track.

February 6, 2020

Nobody chooses to get catastrophically ill. It just happens. At a large institution like the University of Iowa, this raises a policy question: What will we do when employees get very sick?  This is a policy question because we can reliably predict that some small but nonzero number of people wil...

Guest Opinion: New psychological building gives the department much-improved home

The Psychological and Brain Sciences building is seen on Friday, January 24, 2020.

February 5, 2020

At long last, students in the Psychological and Brain Sciences Department have a home. Sure, we’ve had the Spence Laboratories of Psychology since 1968, and clinical folks have Stuit Hall. But the department office, faculty offices, and several labs — including my own — were in Seashore Ha...

Guest Opinion: The Doctor Is In: Let’s talk about sex(ually transmitted infections)

A student takes a condom from a basket provided by a Resident Assistant in Slater Hall on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.  Some Resident Assistants provide condoms for students in the dorms. (Hayley Anderson/The Daily Iowan)

February 2, 2020

While you might think sexually transmitted infections are a topic too taboo for regular conversation, the increasing rates of STIs in Iowa emphasize the need to not only talk about STIs, but to actually get tested and treated for them as well. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the...

Guest Opinion: Joe Biden’s quiet power is why I’m caucusing for him

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a rally at the Iowa Memorial Union on Monday January 27, 2020.

January 30, 2020

Iowans have the privilege of meeting a lot of presidential candidates. I have been able to meet, shake hands, get face time, take selfies, and generally take stock of many, many candidates. The current nomination cycle has produced a crop of such opportunities given the 20-plus candidates running for p...

Guest Opinion: Provide excused absences for classes during Iowa caucuses

The Old Capitol is shown on Monday, July 25, 2016.

January 29, 2020

On Sunday, the Association of Big Ten Students passed a resolution calling on professors and student organization executives at all 14 Big Ten universities to provide excused absences for students participating in federal elections. College students already face multiple barriers to voting, and c...

Guest Opinion: Warren is the right presidential candidate on education

Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. waves to the audience following a town hall event at North Central Junior High School in North Liberty on Saturday, December 21, 2019.

January 20, 2020

A question has emerged in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination: Does every American have the right to a high-quality, low-cost public education? For those of us who believe it is, it’s time to make public college free for all who wish to pursue it. Because our state government in Io...

Guest Opinion: The public/private partnership supports the UI’s academic mission

The Old Capital from the roof of UIHC in Iowa City, Iowa on March 25, 2019.

December 10, 2019

The new public/private partnership (P3) provides an unprecedented opportunity for the University of Iowa to deliver on its promise to the people of the state of Iowa and the students it serves. With the financial pressures caused by increasing demographic changes, this partnership gives us the opportunity...

Guest Opinion: There’s still a need for climate striking in Iowa and worldwide

Protesters take part in an 11-minutes sit-down protest during the Iowa City Climate Strike in downtown Iowa City on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

December 5, 2019

As global leaders meet at the United Nations climate summit in Madrid this week, we plan to continue our yearlong strike and walkouts in Iowa City at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Old Brick.  Since the Iowa City Community School District and Iowa City City Council have passed updated climate plans in line ...