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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 Feb. 1, 2022 4:54 pm
In line with a new state law and Board of Regents policy, Iowa’s public universities are rolling out a mandatory free speech training program Wednesday that all students, faculty and staff must complete by the end of the spring semester.
Iowa Football Jan. 31, 2022 9:16 pm
More than a year after 13 former Hawkeye football players filed a lawsuit accusing some University of Iowa athletics staff of racially motivated discrimination and harassment, attorneys are accusing UI of “persistent and intentional subversion” and delay tactics and asking a judge to intervene.
In 2016, the Iowa Waste Reduction Center surveyed 17 local Iowa brewers — about half the state’s brewers at the time — to find out what resources the center could provide and how it could best assist them. Through that assessment, the UNI center in 2017 developed an “Iowa Green Brewery Certification” program.
As Iowa community college enrollment drops, tuition ticks up, perpetuating a cycle – influenced by a range of factors like COVID, the economy, and the need to balance a budget – that mirrors community college trends nationally threatening their ability to meet workforce demands.
Higher Ed Jan. 27, 2022 2:29 pm
UIHC Chief Nurse Executive Kimberly Hunter will take over as the interim CEO of University of Iowa Hospitals and Clincs after on an interim basiWhen outgoing University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics after current CEO Suresh Gunasekaran assumes his new post in San Francisco on March 1.
Higher Ed Jan. 26, 2022 5:44 pm
Four years after lower-than-requested state funding forced Iowa State University to downsize its new Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, ISU is returning to lawmakers this session seeking support for a “phase two” of the project.
Higher Ed Jan. 25, 2022 11:44 am
For the first time since launching in fall 2019, the University of Iowa’s new online Master of Business Administration degree has made the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings for “best online MBA programs.”
Higher Ed Jan. 24, 2022 6:00 am
When the University of Iowa celebrates its 175th anniversary next month, it plans to highlight three areas in which faculty have made transformational differences across the state, nation, and world: writing, space discovery and medicine.
Health Care and Medicine Jan. 21, 2022 6:59 pm
After butting heads with community health care providers opposed to its plans to build a new hospital in North Liberty, University of Iowa Health Care now is echoing its critics’ concerns as the state considers a proposal to build a new ambulatory surgery center down the road from UIHC’s project.
Higher Ed Jan. 20, 2022 4:36 pm
In a new era allowing college athletes to receive education-related compensation and make money off their name, image, and likeness, an Iowa lawmaker is looking to empower the Board of Regents to “fix the compensation for student athletes” at its public universities.
Higher Ed Jan. 20, 2022 10:40 am
With COVID cases surging in Iowa as students return to its public universities for the spring semester, the University of Iowa graduate student union is urging members to move all courses they’re teaching online for the first two weeks – despite UI policy barring such action without permission.
Higher Ed Jan. 19, 2022 8:06 am
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics CEO Suresh Gunasekaran — just three years after arriving — has been recruited away to the No. 9-ranked University of California San Francisco Academic Health System.
Iowa Football Jan. 18, 2022 4:51 pm
In a Monday letter to “Hawkeye parents,” University of Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz reframed and rephrased his recent decision to “dissolve” an alumni advisory committee created in 2020 following allegations his program fostered a culture of racism and bullying.
Higher Ed Jan. 17, 2022 4:23 pm
The University of Iowa is seeking help ensuring compliance with other states’ labor and payroll laws and practices for employees working outside Iowa — as the campus approves more remote-work arrangements amid COVID-propelled changes.
Iowa Football Jan. 17, 2022 9:51 pm
A year and a half after the University of Iowa Athletics Department formed an alumni advisory committee in the wake of players alleging the football program fostered a culture of racism and bullying, head coach Kirk Ferentz on Tuesday abruptly dissolved the volunteer group following a contentious meeting.