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BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 5:00 AM

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UI hooked into TEDMED

University of Iowa students, faculty, and staff will have free online access to this year’s TEDMED conference with help from the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

TEDMED is an independent branch of TED, the nonprofit group, with a special focus on health and medicine. TEDMED is held annually in Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.

This year’s TEDMED started on Wednesday and will end Friday. More than 80 speakers in fields as diverse as photography, medicine, athletics, and comedy were involved this year.

The Association of American Universities is funding the delivery of the TEDMED talks to the UI.

The UI has hosted TED events in the past, but there wasn’t enough time to coordinate one this year, said Stephen Pradarelli, the strategic communications director for the Office of the Vice President of Research.

Despite not being able to host an event this year, the office wanted to make something available for students and faculty, Pradarelli said.

The upside to not being able to host an event on campus, he said, is that all 80 speeches are available to watch on-demand.

— by Cory Porter

UI to hold Cy-Hawk pep rally

University of Iowa officials will kick off Cy-Hawk weekend with the second Beat State Pep Rally.

The pep rally will begin at 6 p.m. Friday on the Pentacrest.

ESPNU’s Road Trip will be at the event, with hosts Rayven Tirado and Jordan Elchenblatt serving as the event’s MCs.

In addition, the Iowa Army ROTC, Herky, the Hawkeye Marching Band, the Iowa Spirit Squads, as well as members of the 2004 Iowa football Big Ten championship team will attend.

At the end of the event, the 29th-annual Iowa Army ROTC Game Ball Run will commence.

The pep rally will feature free food, games, and prizes.

— by Rebecca Morin

Regents to request extra $13 million

AMES — The University of Iowa may not see a budget decrease, pending approval from the state Legislature.

The state Board of Regents voted to request nearly $13 million in supplemental funding from the Legislature to help the UI ease into the regents’ new funding model.

UI stands to lose around the same amount under the model, which emphasizes in-state enrollment.

Just 48 percent of the UI’s incoming freshmen in the fall of 2013 were Iowa residents.

Regent Robert Downer expressed discomfort with removing money from UI’s coffers, and he said he would work to alter the model. He voted yes, saying supplemental funding is still positive for the universities.

If the Legislature denies the request, UI will have to absorb the full cost next year. President Sally Mason and Regent President Bruce Rastetter were reluctant to discuss UI’s plan should that happen.

In total, the regents will ask the Legislature for $523 million.

— by Chris Higgins

Regents OK Deloitte plans

AMES — The state Board of Regents approved three recommendations from Deloitte Consulting on Wednesday.

Deloitte, which is conducting an efficiency study of the three regent universities in an attempt to cut costs, presented three business cases during the meeting.

The first proposal dealt with streamlining the hiring process by dropping search committees for lower-level positions and developing policies to reduce the size of and time and money spent on search committees for higher-level positions.

Deloitte found UI search committees spent 34,716 hours at a value of slightly more than $1 million in fiscal 2013. It calls to reduce the numbers by about half.

The next two called for a consolidation of the Regent Admission Index across universities and the development of a common application for all three schools.

The application would cost $500,000.

The regents voted unanimously to accept Deloitte’s recommendations.

— by Chris Higgins

Michelle Obama to stump for Braley

First lady Michelle Obama will campaign with Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley, providing a White House touch to Iowa’s Senate race.

The Des Moines Register first reported the possibility of the first lady’s visit, and a campaign aide confirmed it to *The Daily Iowan*. However, details on a possible stop have not been confirmed.

Depending on the timing, the event could mark Obama’s second appearance leading up to the midterm campaign. Just two days ago, Obama campaigned with Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn in Georgia.

A visit would also mark Michelle Obama’s first campaign event in Iowa after she joined President Obama on stage in Des Moines to close his 2012 campaign.

— by Brent Griffiths

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