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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 Oct. 28, 2022 6:00 am149d ago
After dipping slightly during the height of COVID-19, visits to the University of Iowa Office of the Ombudsperson — which provides “problem solving and conflict resolution” services to students, faculty, and staff — increased to 661 in the budget year that just ended.
Higher Ed Oct. 26, 2022 6:20 pm150d ago
The Board of Regents has settled a lawsuit with a former Iowa State University custodian who said she wasn’t informed she could take leave for her migraines, retaliated against for time off she took to address them, and discriminated against because of her skin color.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 3, 2022 1:50 pm142d ago
Lawmakers redrew election districts and created a new and open House District 91 seat — covering parts of Johnson County, including Clear Creek up to Swisher, and all of Iowa County, including Williamsburg, Marengo and North English.
Higher Ed Oct. 25, 2022 12:31 pm151d ago
In new international university rankings out Tuesday comparing an expanding number of research institutions and their scholarly impact across multiple disciplines, both of Iowa’s ranked universities continued to lose ground – with Iowa State sliding 26 spots.
Higher Ed Oct. 26, 2022 2:07 pm150d ago
Iowa’s prestigious Grinnell College this fall has seen a rash of racist and white supremacist graffiti on campus signs and vehicles, with community members also reporting slurs shouted from moving vehicles, prompting the campus and city to issue statements, increase security, and call on the public for help.
Higher Ed Oct. 21, 2022 6:00 am156d ago
As a working designer, before completing her doctorate in apparel design, Zhang had five years of professional experience designing bras. But maternity-specific bras caught her attention — and ire — when she became pregnant with her son a decade ago.
Campaigns & Elections Nov. 3, 2022 1:45 pm142d ago
Republican Cindy Golding faces Democrat Kris Nall in rural Linn County.
Higher Ed Oct. 17, 2022 5:58 pm159d ago
Imperative to the nationally-ranked pediatric cancer care at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital are its people, and the 28-year-old student-led UI Dance Marathon on Monday made another monumental move to support them with a $1.5 million donation.
Higher Ed Oct. 17, 2022 7:41 am159d ago
Three years after two University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics nurses and one UIHC physical therapist filed a lawsuit accusing their employer of violating federal and state code in how and when they paid employees, the Board of Regents has agreed to settle the class-action case for $15 million.
Higher Ed Oct. 16, 2022 8:52 am160d ago
Some staff nurses overwhelmed by ballooning patient loads and more charts and medications to juggle are relieved to have the extra hands traveling nurses provide. Others harbor contempt for the higher wages travelers make – costing their hospitals millions – even as temporary nurses are less familiar with the facilities, processes, and patients.
Higher Ed Oct. 16, 2022 8:49 am160d ago
Colleges, universities, and trade schools are ramping up nurse-related partnerships, scholarships, internships, and mentorships in hopes of meeting the workforce’s increasingly dire needs.
Hawkeye Wrestling Oct. 17, 2022 8:24 am159d ago
All eyes are on Iowa, legendary Hawkeye wrestling coach Dan Gable said Friday during the closing keynote portion of The Gazette’s sixth annual Iowa Ideas conference.
Higher Ed Oct. 13, 2022 4:58 pm163d ago
The University of Iowa did extend an offer to one of its finalists after receiving “robust feedback from campus stakeholders regarding the candidates,” but that person declined the offer.
Higher Ed Oct. 12, 2022 5:14 pm164d ago
Like the number and percent of American high school graduates taking the ACT – as more colleges and universities make standardized test scores optional in their admission process – the national average ACT composite score is dropping, reaching its lowest point in more than 30 years.
Iowa Hawkeyes Oct. 12, 2022 2:57 pm164d ago
A year after a judge let Hawkeye head football coach Kirk Ferentz and offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz postpone until after the season their sworn depositions in a discrimination lawsuit from former players, the coaches still haven’t sat for them and are still seeking to delay them.