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Information storage for the next generation of plastic computers

Inexpensive computers, cell phones, and other devices that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality, thanks to research published in the journal Nature Communications. Story

Researchers track down cause of eye mobility disorder

The image depicts mice having a normal nerve (left) as compared to an incomplete nerve, a condition resulting in permanent downward gaze in both mice and humans.

In a paper published in the April 16 print issue of the journal Neuron, UI researchers Bernd Fritzsch and Jeremy Duncan and their colleagues at Harvard Medical School, along with investigator and corresponding author Elizabeth Engle, describe how their studies on mutated mice mimic human mutations responsible for an eye mobility disorder. Story

Young inventors present big ideas April 19

Nate Finarty and Caleb Hall from Northstar Elementary in Knoxville, Iowa, show their Rail Mail invention at the 2012 Invent Iowa event in the Seamans Center on the University of Iowa campus.

Iowa’s brightest elementary students will present their inventions at the 27th annual Invent Iowa competition Saturday, April 19, from 12:30 to 4:20 p.m. The event will take place at the Blank Honors Center on the University of Iowa campus and is free and open to the public. Story

Earth Month media advisory

Climate Festival illustration of Iowa

The University of Iowa will host a range of activities and events to commemorate Earth Month, which runs for most of April. A selection is highlighted below for the media, while the events, where noted, are open to the public. Story

UI to host 1,000 students at robotics super-regional championship April 3-5

2011 robot competitor

High school and middle school robotic skills will be on display when the University of Iowa College of Engineering and Rockwell Collins host one of four U.S. national FIRST Tech Challenge Super Regional Championship Tournaments April 3-5 in Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the UI campus. Story

Engineering scholars and visionaries

Eleven University of Iowa students are pursuing outstanding engineering projects thanks to the UI College of Engineering’s leadership role in a prestigious U.S. National Academy of Engineering program. Story

UI part of $320 million national digital-manufacturing consortium

Digital Lab logo

The University of Iowa will be a research partner in a $320 million national consortium to advance digital manufacturing and design in the United States, university leaders announced on Tuesday. The Digital Lab for Manufacturing (Digital Lab) will be the nation’s flagship research institute in the field and part of President Obama’s vision to reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing, creating new jobs and economic development, and spurring future innovation. Story

Calling all young artists

Undecorated Herky statues

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is calling on all young artists for help in a new project launching this spring. Story

Iowa dentist survey examines access, Medicaid participation

An estimated 120,000 new adults are projected to be eligible for dental care through the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan under the Affordable Care Act. As a step toward helping Iowa dentists prepare and adapt, the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center and College of Dentistry conducted a survey late last year to investigate access to dental care in Iowa, assess capacity, and identify gaps in the system. Story

UI study examines Affordable Care Act awareness in Iowa

Small businesses in Iowa are less knowledgeable than larger businesses about the Affordable Care Act, according to a new study conducted by the UI's Public Policy Center, in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health, the state Health Insurance Marketplace Interagency Workgroup on Health Care Reform, and the UI College of Public Health. Story

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