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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 Jun. 30, 2022 2:54 am161d 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 pm162d 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 pm162d 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 am161d 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 pm168d 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.
Higher Ed Jun. 21, 2022 3:22 pm169d ago
A University of Iowa Health Care researcher is among 21 nationally to receive an American Lung Association award worth hundreds of thousands for “COVID-19 and respiratory virus research” – his looking specifically at “long-haul” COVID.
Higher Ed Jun. 24, 2022 10:30 am166d ago
Student leaders from Iowa’s public universities didn’t expressly ask the Board of Regents not to raise tuition in the fall, but they did call for help from lawmakers Monday during the board’s first reading of a
Health Care and Medicine Jun. 19, 2022 8:11 am171d ago
Around November, Carson Grace began experiencing breathing difficulties and ended up at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital again – where they began to discuss surgeries doctors said she’d need for a shot at long-term survival.
Higher Ed Jun. 17, 2022 2:44 pm173d ago
Cedar Rapids-based Kirkwood Community College has announced plans to close two of its eight regional and county centers due to declining enrollment and a “significant decrease” in use of the locations.
Higher Ed Jun. 17, 2022 10:21 am173d ago
Tuition for in-state undergraduates attending one of Iowa’s three public universities will increase 4.25 percent in the fall under a rate proposal the Board of Regents will consider for a first reading next week.
Higher Ed Jun. 14, 2022 2:41 pm176d ago
The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital has ranked among the nation’s top 50 in seven of 10 specialties in U.S. News & World Report’s new 2022-23 “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings out Tuesday – its best showing since 2016.
Higher Ed Jun. 13, 2022 4:21 pm177d ago
“As plaintiff continued to observe defects, it was required to undertake mitigation efforts to protect its patients, guests, employees and the general public from potential life safety issues associated with the defective conditions, specifically the potential for falling glass,” according to the lawsuit.
Higher Ed Jun. 13, 2022 6:00 am180d ago
Iowa State and the University of Northern Iowa have resurrected their fully in-person orientation programs this summer — including offering students the chance to spend the night in a residence hall. The University of Iowa is offering a hybrid model.
Higher Ed Jun. 10, 2022 12:33 pm181d ago
Given its long history training educators, University of Northern Iowa — called the Iowa State Teachers College from 1909 to 1961 — is working to address the shortage, including through a new “fully online teacher preparation program” that allows working paraeducators with associate degrees to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, with a special education minor.
Higher Ed Jun. 10, 2022 6:15 pm180d ago
The University of Iowa is suing the contractors who installed 900-some windows in its 14-story Stead Family Children’s Hospital, many of which have proven faulty and flawed, with cracks and dilapidation already showing just five years after the hospital’s opening.