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Sandra Dyas

Photographer Sandra Dyas, visiting faculty in art, has published Down to the River: Portraits of Iowa Musicians, featuring 60 images of Iowa City’s music scene throughout the ’90s and into the ’00s. Musicians including Greg Brown, Bo Ramsey, and Dave Moore are pictured in live performances and contemplative portraits. These artists created what became known as “the Iowa sound,” a distinctive combination of folk, blues, roots/Americana, and rock sounds. Dyas became a fan of the Iowa City music world after moving to the community in the late 1980s to study at the University of Iowa.

Dyas photo

Melissa Baker, former associate director of residence life (2002–07), is an assistant director in the Undergraduate Programs Office of the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business.

John Doershuk, lecturer in sociology and anthropology, was appointed director of the Office of the State Archaeologist, a research unit at the University of Iowa, in July. He has been with the office since 1995, supervising archaeological teams who consult for public and private sector clients.

Jean Donham, college librarian, is 2007–2008 president of the Association of College and Research Librarians, a division of the Iowa Library Association, the second oldest library association in the country, established in 1890.

Darren Miller, former sports information director (1997–2007), is director of new media in the sports marketing department at the University of Iowa.

Ray Reasland, former baseball and football coach and physical education instructor (1993–2005), is regional director, consultant, and scout in eastern Iowa for College Prospects of America Inc. He helps high school athletes and the colleges interested in them maneuver through the recruiting process.

Mike and Steve Robertson
resigned as head women’s soccer coaches due to demands of their full-time business. They had coached at Cornell for 12 seasons.

Brenda Tooley, dean of the college, organized and hosted the 31st annual conference of the Society for Utopian Studies in Colorado Springs. She is co editor, with a colleague at Oxford Brookes University, London, of Gender and Utopia in the Eighteenth Century, published this year.

Andy Wildenberg, assistant professor of computer science, presented a paper at the Privacy in Statistical Databases conference in Rome. Titled “Privacy- Preserving Data Set Union,” the paper describes a new protocol that allows medical studies to combine patient data without revealing the identities of the patients.

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