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Thursday, November 5, 2020
The UNI Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders has welcomed a new addition to their department: baby “Paul.” Weighing just under two and a half pounds, “Paul” is a preterm infant born at 27 weeks. He has a pulse, real hair, and can breathe and cry. Paul is not a real infant, though, but rather a top-of-the-line high emotion simulator that students in the department will soon begin using for classwork.
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES - As if 2020 hasn’t been strange enough, this Halloween will feature an unusual celestial treat - the first worldwide blue moon in 76 years.   While a Halloween blue moon comes once about every 19 years to specific time zones (the Midwest last saw one in 2000), the last truly global blue moon was in 1944, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. If the weather cooperates on Oct. 31, Iowa trick-or-treaters will be able to gather candy under the pale light of a rare moon. 
Monday, October 26, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES - The University of Northern Iowa Graduate College is unveiling a new scholarship that will support graduate students from underrepresented backgrounds who are committed to diversity and inclusion initiatives, especially in their field of study. The Diversity Advancement Award will award up to two recipients with a full tuition scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year, a full-time graduate assistantship and $1,500 to cover mandatory student fees and assist the student’s transition to graduate school.
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES – Robert Sales is no stranger to the limelight at the University of Northern Iowa. The Communication major was a fixture at UNI Panther football and basketball games selling doughnuts from his year-round concession stand, Rob’s Mini Donuts and in the halls mentoring other entrepreneurial students in the UNI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (UNI JPEC). 
Monday, October 19, 2020
While Panthers have done a great job of working together to slow the spread of COVID-19, case levels nationally are expected to begin rising as we enter the fall and winter months. Having a frank conversation about safety precautions is a good way to ensure that everyone in your residence, whether on or off campus, stays safe.  We reached out to some UNI public health students to ask how they’ve handled it.
Monday, October 12, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES – The University of Northern Iowa welcomes the community to a virtual discussion that will explore the intersections of race, social justice and policing in the United States and Cedar Valley. 
Monday, October 12, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES - The University of Northern Iowa announced today that it is deepening its partnership with the Meskwaki Nation by creating new scholarships, reinstating a summer school program and jointly developing a statement acknowledging that the university campus sits on the traditional homeland of the Meskwaki and other Indigenous peoples.
Thursday, October 8, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES - UNI’s Strategic Marketing Services and the Institute for Decision Making is partnering with United Ways of Iowa to launch a survey aimed at better understanding the financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on individual Iowa households.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES - The University of Northern Iowa is pleased to announce that graduate Cade Olmstead has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award in philosophy for the 2020-2021 academic year. Olmstead, who received the award during his senior year double majoring in philosophy and sociology at UNI this spring, will travel to Slovenia this winter to study and conduct research at the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts and the University of Ljubljana as part of a project to study modern subjectivity and its relation to contemporary political discourse.
Monday, September 28, 2020
UNI NEWS SERVICES – The UNI Gallery of Art will present a Zoom session lecture at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30 by Dianna Clise, paper conservator from the Midwest Art Conservation Center (MACC). Clise’s lecture will highlight the conservation efforts behind seven works in the UNI Permanent Art Collection, including art from Grant Wood, Rembrandt van Rijn and Henri Matisse. The lecture can be viewed on Zoom at