Get to Know… Archive

  • Nora Garda, chemist with UI Pharmaceuticals, is passionate about dance.

    Nora Garda, UI Pharmaceuticals

    At a young age, Nora Garda was inspired to dance. While in high school, she was bitten by the science bug, as one of her teachers piqued her interest in chemistry. Which passion would she follow? Both.

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    Jane Gressang, Staff Language and Culture Services

    The art of communication can be tricky, regardless of one's fluency in English. Jane Gressang helps UI employees whose native language is not English learn the language's nuances and subtleties.

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    Tim Hagle, Political Science

    Combine the buildup to the 2012 presidential race with Iowa's first-in-the-nation caucuses, and it's easy to see why UI political expert Tim Hagle is becoming the media's best friend.

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    Chuck Connerly, Urban and Regional Planning

    The director of the UI School of Urban and Regional Planning talks with fyi about critical issues for today’s planners, what he likes most about living in a small town, and his love of baseball.

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    Linda Maxson, Liberal Arts and Sciences

    The dean of The University of Iowa's largest undergraduate college originally wanted to be a medical doctor. But once she began research in zoology, she made the leap to another field...and couldn't be happier.

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    Lan Samantha Chang, Iowa Writers’ Workshop

    When fiction writer Lan Samantha Chang took the reins of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2006, she returned to a place of great personal significance—a place, she insists, that changed her life.

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    Liz Crooks, UI Center for Human Rights

    To say Liz Crooks is multifaceted is a pretty big understatement. To say she’s got a full plate is an even bigger one.

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    William Talman, Neurology

    A question about jigsaw puzzles steered William Talman toward a career in neurology. Today, he conducts cutting-edge research in that field and spends time in Washington advocating for science.

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  • Jefri Palermo

    Jefri Palermo, School of Social Work

    As supervisor of Wild Bill's Coffee Shop, Jefri Palermo works to carry on the namesake's legacy of inclusiveness and breaking down barriers between able-bodied people and people with disabilities.

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    Bill Dawkins, University Housing and Dining

    Bill Dawkins kept the Hancher spotlight spotless for more than 16 years, encountering a few brushes with fame in the process. Now he dreams of the day when he can possibly return to a rebuilt Hancher.

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