Human & Social Services

Rachel Hansens headshot

Geography graduate assistantship to help Iowa high school students find their passion

After teaching at the high school level for 13 years and receiving numerous teaching awards, Rachel Hansen has found herself back on the other side of the classroom. Not only is she a geography master’s student at the University of Northern Iowa, but she is about to be the geography department’s first recipient of an innovative graduate assistantship. 
UNI President Mark A. Nook speaks.

Nielsen Field House rededicated

The historic Nielsen Field House was rededicated last month in a ceremony that featured Sen. Chuck Grassley, a performance by the Panther Marching Band and a celebration of the value of the two programs that call the field house home - UNI’s Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) and Child Development Center.
A village in the Arctic.

UNI researchers point to global COVID-19 lessons in the Arctic

In a study published this week in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine, University of Northern Iowa researchers examine COVID-19’s impact on Indigenous populations in the Arctic and how it could be crucial to addressing the pandemic both today and in future epidemics.  
UNI professor Nicole Skaar

School psychology program gets national attention

A landmark program led by UNI professor Nicole Skaar could serve as a national model to help increase student access to mental health services, particularly in rural areas. Skaar, coordinator of UNI’s school psychology program, recently shared her insights at a virtual Congressional briefing. 
Statue of Hannah Duston

Re-examining history

UNI history professor Barbara Cutter has received national media attention for her research on recontextualizing the history behind a Massachusetts sculpture of Hannah Duston, a 17th century English colonist who murdered 10 Native Americans, including two women and six children.
Kyle Endres, associate director of UNI’s Center for Social and Behavioral Research

Goya beans and Nikes: The impact of politics on brands

Kyle Endres, now associate director of UNI’s Center for Social and Behavioral Research, arrived at UNI this fall after postdoctoral work at Duke and Fordham Universities. His research focuses on a hot topic in electoral politics - how campaigns and interest groups are using data analytics to influence behavior.
University of Northern Iowa professor of languages and literature Jeffrey Copeland

5 questions with Jeffrey Copeland

A deadly outbreak without a cure. Local governments urging residents to stay inside and avoid other people. Medical professionals on the frontlines trying to halt the rapid spread of an infectious disease. It’s not COVID-19, but the 1924 outbreak of the Black Plague in Los Angeles.
UNI associate professor of school psychology Nicole Skaar.

New UNI program addresses urgent need for school psychologists

A new program from the University of Northern Iowa and Green Hills Area Education Agency will help increase student access to mental health services in high-need, rural areas of western Iowa currently struggling to hire school psychologists.