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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 Jul. 15, 2022 12:30 pm138d ago
Emails obtained by The Gazette indicate the enrollment process this summer has been more challenging than others — and potentially more problematic for students aiming to complete degree requirements and graduate in four years.
Higher Ed Jul. 13, 2022 5:46 pm140d ago
The day the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade – upending nearly 50 years of precedent by finding no constitutional right to an abortion exists – University of Iowa President Barbara Wilson emailed the UI community asking that the campus remains “a place for open and respectful discussion of differences.”
Higher Ed Jul. 13, 2022 6:47 pm140d ago
Bolstered by tens of millions in federal stimulus and COVID aid, both of Iowa’s public research universities busted external funding records in fiscal 2022 – by $49 million at the University of Iowa and $42.6 million at Iowa State University.
Higher Ed Jul. 12, 2022 9:52 pm141d ago
“It revealed just innumerable galaxies in this one deep image, staring back to almost the dawn of the universe,” she said. “It’s seeing galaxies that were just forming. I was at a loss for words. I was just absolutely stunned.”
Higher Ed Jul. 11, 2022 4:56 pm142d ago
The state has agreed to a $7.5 million medical malpractice settlement after a 41-year-old Davenport man suffered severe life-limiting impairments following care at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for a bleeding brain tumor about five years ago.
Higher Ed Jul. 11, 2022 6:00 am144d ago
The study published June 29 in Science Translational Medicine found, for example, that by infusing carbon monoxide into consumable foams — like those chefs use on cooking shows to add flavor and sophisticate their plates — doctors could have a safe way to get a therapeutic form of the feared gas into a patients’ gastrointestinal tract.
Higher Ed Jul. 6, 2022 5:24 pm147d ago
Adding to a growing slate of updated or new facilities University of Iowa Athletics is pursuing – or has in recent years – is a new field hockey building the department wants to start planning.
Higher Ed Jul. 3, 2022 6:00 am152d ago
A year away from when Hancher Auditorium was supposed to become self-sustaining – a charge former University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld announced amid COVID-19 cuts in 2020 – administrators have changed their tune, telling The Gazette that might not happen after all.
Higher Ed Jul. 1, 2022 7:02 pm152d ago
In lawsuit-related settlements and judgments for the budget year that ended Thursday, Iowa paid a total $22.3 million — including $6.1 million involving Board of Regents institutions, or about 27 percent.
Higher Ed Jun. 30, 2022 2:54 am154d ago
Meeting with local dignitaries like Iowa City’s mayor, joining area families for dinner, visiting cultural sites and businesses, and convening for conversations on entrepreneurship touch on the long list of activities lined up for a new crop of Mandela fellows back at the University of Iowa this summer.
Higher Ed Jun. 28, 2022 5:01 pm155d ago
University of Iowa Athletics must turn over all materials former players have requested related to an “independent and external review” of the Hawkeye football program — including reports on specific coaches — despite UI assertions the records are subject to “attorney-client privilege” and private.
Higher Ed Jun. 28, 2022 3:32 pm155d ago
Members of Iowa’s current Board of Regents have made monetary and in-kind political donations totaling nearly $339,500 since 2019 — primarily to Republicans, with the majority going either to Gov. Kim Reynolds or the Republican Party of Iowa.
Higher Ed Jun. 29, 2022 11:17 am154d ago
Iowa State University suspended the hockey club for a year, and players, parents and alumni fired back on social media Thursday, describing the investigation as flawed.
Higher Ed Jun. 22, 2022 12:00 pm161d ago
Four months after longtime Regent Milt Dakovich died following a battle with cancer, Gov. Kim Reynolds on Tuesday named Seneca Cos. President and COO James “JC” Risewick to fill the regent vacancy.