A UNI student gets vaccinated.

When the return to “normal” doesn’t quite feel that way

Almost half of all adults in the U.S. are now fully vaccinated, but for them the return to normal may not feel as they expected it to. UNI psychology professor Nicholas Schwab says it’s important we all be understanding of each other and the anxiety some feel with the return to pre-pandemic life. 
UNI biology professor Dave McClenahan

5 questions on the COVID-19 vaccine

With more than 115 million Americans now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the focus has shifted to people who are hesitant or undecided. We talked to UNI biology professor Dave McClenahan, an immunologist who studies infectious disease, about why nearly everyone should be fully vaccinated. 

Why I Got Vaccinated at UNI

More than 1,000 students, faculty and staff have been vaccinated on campus in the last few weeks. InsideUNI asked a few who become fully vaccinated this week why they did it.    Summer Williams Sophomore psychology major
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Public health students place second in national competition

Like many things in 2021, the National Case Study Competition in Health Education went virtual. The change in format didn’t rattle the team of UNI public health seniors Lynn Kleyer, Kara Hooper and MacKenzie Helle in the slightest as they won second place and gained valuable experience developing solutions to public health issues. 
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What to expect from the COVID-19 vaccine

With coronavirus vaccines starting to become more widely available, InsideUNI reached out to Student Health Clinic director Shelley O’Connell with some questions about what to expect when getting vaccinated. While Iowa has expanded its eligibility      Why do some people feel bad after the first dose?
UNI students showcase their COVID-19 vaccine.

First public vaccination effort held on campus

As a graduate student working to treat speech disorders at UNI’s Roy Eblen Speech and Hearing Clinic, Alli Prybil's first priority is keeping her patients safe. So when she learned last week that she was among the first on campus eligible under state guidelines to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Prybil, pictured on the right, jumped at the chance.
UNI alum Blake Thomas

Former UNI football player tackling disease research

As a Waterloo West High School graduate turned University of Northern Iowa football player, Blake Thomas has been a Cedar Valley native his entire life. Thomas wanted to make an impact in the classroom as well as on the field, and he initially decided to pursue a major in biology and pre-med. His intention was to go on to medical school, but that all changed when he took public health courses with Disa Cornish, an associate professor in the health, recreation and community services department. 
UNI physics student Madelyn Johnson.

Modeling COVID-19 infection

The dots bounced and collided across the computer screen. Their movement was random, but University of Northern Iowa physics major Madelyn Johnson saw a purpose in the chaos.