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Aug. 18, 2010

At A Glance

Iowa Social Science Research Center reformulated as part of Public Policy Center

Under the leadership of the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, the Iowa Social Science Research Center (ISRC) has been reformulated as a campus-wide resource to support social science research. With the assistance of the Office of the Vice President for Research and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the center has expanded its staff and services offered to faculty and students in the social sciences.

Led by Faculty Director Kevin Leicht, the center offers survey data collection services, assistance with finding and securing external funding for research projects, post-award research support, and an environment to explore interdisciplinary research ideas. The Hawkeye Poll is also done in cooperation with ISRC.

Temporarily located in 136 Trowbridge Hall, the ISRC will move to the eighth floor of the Jefferson Building in downtown Iowa City in October. The newly renovated space will house a 26-station call center facility, a high-performance computer cluster with various statistical software packages, staff offices and a staff lounge. The ISRC will be fully operational throughout this transition period.

For more information about grant development services, contact ISRC Associate Director, Kristi Fitzpatrick at 319-384-3391 or For more information about data collection services, contact ISRC Field Director, Lisa Halm-Werner at 319-384-3389 or

To learn more about ISRC services, see


'Unrepentant novelist' McNally offers survival advice to writers

"The Creative Writer's Survival Guide," by "unrepentant novelist" John McNally, an alumnus of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, will be available Sept. 1 from the University of Iowa Press.

Former Writers' Workshop faculty member Janet Burroway, author of "Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft and Bridge of Sand," called McNally’s book the most comprehensive nuts-and-bolts how-to ever written about writing.

“The Creative Writer's Survival Guide" wrestles with writing degrees and graduate programs, the nuts and bolts of agents and query letters and critics, book signings and other ways to promote your book, alcohol and other home remedies, and jobs for writers from adjunct to tenure-track.

McNally has published three novels -- most recently "After the Workshop," set in Iowa City -- two collections of short fiction, and hundreds of individual stories and essays. More at and

The book will be available at bookstores or directly from the press, 800-621-2736 or Customers in Europe, the Middle East or Africa may order from Eurospan Group at It is also available as a pdf e-book:

The Writers' Workshop is a graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


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