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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
Iowa Hawkeyes Dec. 11, 2022 8:35 pm108d ago
Just days after University of Iowa Athletics posted online its first court-ordered Title IX monitor report — required as part of a settlement with female student-athletes who sued UI for violating the federal civil rights law — their attorney wrote the monitor to raise concerns with his assessment.
Sports Dec. 8, 2022 7:07 pm111d ago
This wrestling World Cup — featuring opening ceremonies Friday and wrestling all day Saturday and Sunday — is the first in history to combine the men’s and women’s tournaments, running matches side-by-side.
Higher Ed Dec. 7, 2022 11:23 am113d ago
Three years after stepping in as dean of the University of Iowa’s nationally-ranked College of Engineering, Harriet Nembhard is leaving to become president of a southern California liberal arts college specializing in science, engineering and math.
Iowa Football Dec. 6, 2022 1:38 pm114d ago
Of the 4,000 reserved total, season ticket holders had bought about 800 tickets as of 9:30 p.m. Monday, according to University of Iowa Athletics spokesman Steve Roe.
Iowa Football Dec. 5, 2022 5:23 pm115d ago
Less than 24 hours after bowl game executives unveiled the University of Iowa’s invite to this year’s Transperfect Music City Bowl in Nashville, the Hawkeye faithful were buying up travel packages that – for the first time in decades – don’t include a chartered flight option “due to the pilot shortage.”
Higher Ed Dec. 4, 2022 6:00 am117d ago
Adding to the growing list of construction and renovation projects University of Iowa Health Care is pursuing in and around its campus, UIHC now is asking an outside development team to design, plan and build it a new primary care medical office building in Iowa City. Competing hospitals are concerned, saying primary care needs in the area are already well-served.
Health Care and Medicine Dec. 5, 2022 11:00 am115d ago
Over a budget year in which Mercy Iowa City sought a new managing partner, entertained a takeover offer from University of Iowa Health Care, and tried to climb back from tens of millions in pandemic-incurred losses, new documents made public last week show finances for the Iowa City-based hospital only worsened.
Higher Ed Nov. 30, 2022 10:53 am120d ago
Construction of a new University of Iowa inpatient tower on its main hospitals and clinics campus — first unveiled in January as part of a 10-year master plan — is expected to start just two years from now in 2025.
Local Government Nov. 29, 2022 12:32 pm121d ago
With Thanksgiving 2022 in the rearview mirror, the City of Cedar Rapids — with help from Coonrod Wrecker Service — before 8 a.m. Monday arrived at the Condons to cut its soon-to-be Christmas spruce and take it to Greene Square, where crews were waiting to set it and decorate it.
Community Nov. 28, 2022 7:31 am122d ago
The project – a collaboration of Corridor Community Action Network, The LENA Project, Iowa City-based social justice advocate Anne Ventullo and others, with financial backing from Velvet Lotus Tattoo –is in the process of collecting toy donations to stock several distribution sites across the community this season.
Higher Ed Nov. 28, 2022 6:00 am123d ago
One in five of those ISU students screened in fall 2021 were in “serious psychological distress,” and more than half were experiencing loneliness, according to the ISU version of the National College Health Assessment.
Higher Ed Nov. 23, 2022 11:41 am127d ago
Speaking a different language in a health care setting can not only prevent patients from communicating aches and pains or doctors from relaying important medical news or instructions – it can keep people from seeking care altogether.
Higher Ed Nov. 22, 2022 12:07 pm128d ago
The adage never to talk religion or politics with family and friends — especially over dinner or the holidays — is getting harder to follow these days given those off-limits subjects increasingly are bleeding into topics historically deemed safer, like the cost of the turkey, the weather, or even Taylor Swift.
Sports Nov. 19, 2022 6:00 am132d ago
The athletic departments across Iowa’s public universities have spent more than a combined $7.3 million taking COVID-19 tests and other pandemic-related precautions and measures – expenses covered by their main campuses, athletics revenue or federal aid.
Higher Ed Nov. 17, 2022 7:22 am133d ago
The University of Iowa is seeking help hiring temporary workers for its State Hygienic Lab that – like many other industries – is facing a labor shortage stretching its staff thin as it aims to process an average of 1,000 tests a day for things like COVID-19, newborn and maternal screenings, and tuberculosis.