Sara Sullivan works out at the UI

UI employees: Healthier, more productive

'Live Well' report shows employee health gains help manage costs
University of Iowa employees who participated in university-sponsored health initiatives last year report healthier eating, lower work absenteeism and greater productivity on the job, factors that have helped keep health-insurance premiums at the same level for a third consecutive year, according to the UI's "liveWell” 2014 annual report.

UI expert testifies before presidential 21st century policing panel

Sandra Ramey proposes nationwide initiative to improve police health and wellness
Sandra Ramey, a police health expert in the UI College of Nursing, proposed a national intervention program to improve police officer health, before President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, which met in Washington on Monday.
John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building

UI dedicates $126 million biomedical hub

John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building houses research from diabetes to heart and lung diseases
The University of Iowa ushered in a new age of accelerated research in biomedicine with the formal opening on Wednesday of the $126 million John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. The 256,000-square-foot building on the UI health sciences campus will house “high-risk, high-reward” research in diabetes, deafness, and brain science as well as complex diseases affecting the heart and lungs.
Dust mite illustration

Researchers create vaccine for dust-mite allergies

Vaccine reduced lung inflammation to allergens in lab and animal tests
University of Iowa researchers have created a vaccine for dust-mite allergies. In lab tests and animal trials, the nano-sized vaccine package was readily absorbed by immune cells and dramatically lowered allergic responses. Results appear in the AAPS Journal.
Grain bin safety demonstration

Trapped in grain

Media Advisory: University of Iowa hosts grain silo rescue demonstration as part of agricultural safety sessions
The University of Iowa hosts a grain silo rescue demonstration to promote greater safety in agricultural and farming. A professional will climb into a simulated silo filled with grain and demonstrate a potential real-life situation in which a person needs to be rescued from an avalanche of flowing grain. The simulation is Monday, June 9, at 5 p.m. at the UI College of Public Health.
blue skies contained within the state of Iowa outline

Breathe easy, Iowa. Your air is (relatively) healthy

University of Iowa study reports air quality statewide falls within federal cleanliness standards
A new study from the University of Iowa reports Iowa's air quality falls within government guidelines for cleanliness, based on data gathered at five locations statewide. The study analyzed air quality and pollution sources in the state and is the first to compare air quality in urban versus rural areas. Results appear in the journal Environmental Science: Processes and Impacts.
Iowa Now Minute 4/11/14

Iowa Now Minute 4/11/2014

Roundup of recent UI activities, research, public engagement, and campus life
See a roundup of recent University of Iowa activities, research, public engagement, and campus life in Iowa Now Minute 4/11/2014.

Media Advisory: Public Policy Center to hold 'What If?' series

Discussions mark 25th anniversary of the UI-based center
The Public Policy Center at the University of Iowa is marking its 25th year by holding a series of policy discussions, called "What If?" At each forum, researchers will examine different hypothetical scenarios and their unintended consequences, and present relevant research. The sessions, open to the media and the public, are held each Tuesday evening from April 8 to April 29 in the Iowa City Public Library.

Obermann Center to host Health Humanities Symposium April 4 to 5

The UI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies will hold a working symposium, Health Humanities: Building the Future of Research and Teaching, April 4 and 5. From music therapy to finding well-being through the written word, organizers hope the two-day series of events will allow attendees to build bridges across the arts, humanities and health sciences, offering "incalcuable benefits."