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I’ve covered lots of beats over my decades as a reporter, and one reason I really enjoy higher education is because it touches on them all. One day I’m writing about science and interviewing University of Iowa NASA researchers, the next I’m writing about health care, or agriculture, or a new Iowa State-supported business, or athletic budgets, or criminal justice, or the Legislature and potential bills affecting Iowa’s university and college campuses. I also love that I get to investigate and dig deep on some stories, report hard news, and then also share incredible and sometimes harrowing tales of survival or discovery. When I’m not working, I’m playing with my kids or following them around to wrestling tournaments. Get the news delivered right to your inbox.
Latest Articles by Vanessa Miller
Higher Ed Mar. 10, 2022 4:09 pm
An Iowa State University “Sport Clubs Review Committee” formed in the wake of a Crew Club accident a year ago that left two students dead has developed eight recommendations aimed at improving club safety — including new mandates expected to reduce the number of “high-risk” clubs.
Higher Ed Mar. 7, 2022 4:34 pm
After a surprise last-minute withdrawal of all opposition to a new Steindler North Liberty Ambulatory Surgery Center – including from a group of surgeons that previously vowed legal action to halt the endeavor – a state council Monday unanimously granted a certificate the project needs to proceed.
Higher Ed Mar. 7, 2022 6:00 am
A University of Iowa internal medicine professor and clinician known for her stunning personal account of reversing multiple sclerosis symptoms has landed $2.5 million to further investigate ways diet might improve the quality of life for those with the autoimmune disease.
Higher Ed Mar. 4, 2022 5:42 pm
Iowa’s public universities in recent years have drifted farther from a target of one supervisor per 15 employees to a narrower ratio of one supervisor per nine or 10 subordinates, according to a new Board of Regents report.
Higher Ed Mar. 3, 2022 2:37 pm
After at least six incidents of misconduct since the fall of 2017 – including two this academic year – the University of Iowa has suspended its campus chapter of the popular Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity for at least four academic years.
Higher Ed Mar. 2, 2022 4:28 pm
When Russia last week began an active and violent invasion of Ukraine, Zaloznaya heard from friends and family on both sides in both nations — some fleeing to bomb shelters and terrified for their lives, others defending the invasion as justified and necessary.
Higher Ed Feb. 28, 2022 6:00 am
Given that care facilities and colleges alike are desperate for certified nursing assistants, they’re offering a variety of training options for traditional and non-traditional students — for teens in high school, moms heading back to work, men eyeing change, or even older workers reversing retirement plans.
Higher Ed Feb. 28, 2022 10:21 am
Hospitals, clinics, senior-living communities, long-term care facilities, and in-home services are struggling to retain certified nursing assistants, recruiting them, or even get them to show up for interviews.
Higher Ed Feb. 28, 2022 10:27 am
The pandemic depleted resources across Iowa’s public university residence hall systems in the last budget year – to the tune of millions – and even though the campuses are back to mostly in-person classes and traditional operations, fallout for the dorms and dining halls continues.
Higher Ed Feb. 25, 2022 6:14 pm
The university held Wilson’s official installation ceremony on its 175th anniversary — kicking off a series of celebrations in the coming days commemorating UI’s many milestones, including groundbreaking appointments of women to leadership roles.
Higher Ed Feb. 25, 2022 6:31 pm
Milt Dakovich, one of Iowa’s nine regents – and the longest serving active board member – has died, Board of Regents President Michael Richards announced Friday afternoon.
Higher Ed Feb. 24, 2022 2:42 pm
A quarter of students across Iowa’s public universities who responded to a free-speech survey in the fall disagreed with the notion their respective campuses provide an “environment for free and open expression of ideas, opinions, and beliefs.”
Higher Ed Feb. 24, 2022 10:51 am
Officials say it’s possible all windows will need to be replaced in the 14-story Stead Family Children’s Hospital. But first, $3.6M will be spent on replacing all windows in a bridge to the main hospital.
Higher Ed Feb. 23, 2022 3:28 pm
Iowa State University police have arrested two freshmen in connection with recent social media posts warning people to avoid specific campus buildings, officials announced Wednesday morning.