News Briefs

  • Driving Excellence and Impact: A New Operational and Strategic Vision for CLAS

    August 20, 2019


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  • Bern-Klug, Wilcox awarded Fulbright Grants

    August 15, 2019


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  • UI external funding at all-time high

    July 15, 2019


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  • Iowa alumnus sets example for public intellectuals

    July 02, 2019


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  • University of Iowa names Craig Kletzing as inaugural holder of the Donald A. and Marie B. Gurnett Chair

    June 24, 2019


    Donald Gurnett
    Professor Emeritus Don Gurnett

    During more than 60 years at the University of Iowa—beginning as an undergraduate in 1957 and ending with retirement in May 2019 as Professor Emeritus—Don Gurnett of the Department of Physics and Astronomy built a career that will be remembered as among the most influential in the history of American space exploration.

    Now the university has announced that Gurnett’s scientific and UI legacy has become even more firmly cemented, with the establishment and appointment of the Donald A. and Marie B. Gurnett Chair.

    Learn about Don Gurnett's career in experimental space physics at the UI.

    Learn about Professor Craig Kletzing's research at Iowa.

    Professor Craig Kletzing of the Department of Physics and Astronomy has been named the inaugural holder of the Donald A. and Marie B. Gurnett Chair.

    Several years ago, Don Gurnett and his wife, Marie, donated the funds for the endowed faculty position to the UI Center for Advancement to provide salary support for a faculty member who has a distinguished program in areas of experimental space physics or space-based astronomy. A named, endowed chair is the most prestigious honor given by the university to a faculty member, and is considered an essential tool in recruiting and retaining world-class faculty.

    Craig Kletzing
    Professor Craig Kletzing, the inaugural
    Donald A. and Marie B. Gurnett Chair

    Kletzing, who joined the UI faculty in 1996, is an outstanding teacher who has focused much of his research on using rockets and satellites to learn about Earth’s auroras. In June 2019, NASA and the UI announced that a team of scientists led by Kletzing earned a $115 million NASA contract—the largest research award in the UI’s history—to study the connection between Earth and the sun’s magnetic fields.

    Don Gurnett said he and Marie are excited about the chair and its appointment.

    "Marie and I are pleased to have established the Gurnett Chair to support the future of experimental space physics at Iowa,” Gurnett said, “and we are delighted that Professor Kletzing has been appointed as the inaugural holder of the position.  We are excited about Craig's work, and look forward to learning of his accomplishments in the years to come."

    Kletzing said he was humbled by the appointment.

    “To be named the Gurnett Chair is an incredible honor,” Kletzing said. “In addition to being my friend and colleague throughout most of my career, Don is an absolute giant in our field. I intend to use the position to expand our knowledge of space with the vigor and diligence that Don has demonstrated for decades, and I’m extremely grateful for the privilege of doing it in his name.”

    To learn about supporting the University of Iowa, contact Kate Metcalf of the UI Center for Advancement at kate.metcalf@foriowa.org or 319-335-3500. The UI Center for Advancement is the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the UI, and its mission is to promote the UI’s commitment to excellence through engagement and philanthropy.

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  • School of Social Work's Aging and Longevity Studies program earns AGHE Program of Merit designation

    June 21, 2019


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  • Workshop grad Joy Harjo named the 23rd U.S. Poet Laureate

    June 21, 2019


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  • Professor Kletzing brings in largest research grant ever for the UI: $115M from NASA

    June 20, 2019


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  • CLAS faculty earn OpenHawks grants from UI Libraries

    June 06, 2019


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  • CLAS grad Alexander Rubinow is an editor of "Deadliest Catch"

    June 05, 2019


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The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa is a comprehensive college offering 73 majors in the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. More than 17,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by professors at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all UI undergraduates through the General Education Program, and confers about 70 percent of the UI's bachelor's degrees each academic year.