Matsalyn Brown, executive assistant to three consecutive deans of the Tippie College of Business, first came to Iowa with her family as part of former Governor Robert Ray's initiative to bring displaced people from Southeast Asia to the state. A member of the Tai Dam, Brown is keeping traditions alive.
Leading the overhaul of state’s K–12 science education:
The University of Iowa is leading a movement to change the way science is taught at K–12 schools statewide. With funding from the National Science Foundation, educators at the UI are revising the science curriculum and recruiting and training teachers to better educate Iowa students in the sciences.
Iowa students, faculty make a difference in Mason City:
The Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities is working with Mason City on roughly 20 projects throughout the community, ranging from updating the comprehensive plan to designing murals to developing an aging-in-place campaign. Several UI groups are focused exclusively on the North End, aiming to improve residents’ quality of life.
Back in the saddle, courtesy of engineering students:
Aulanda Krause worried that her mother, Monna Metcalf, would never ride her horse again because her prosthetic leg rubbed her skin, causing painful sores. Krause enlisted the help of four UI biomedical engineering students to create a device that solved the problem.