Research

infant sleeping

What's going on when babies twitch in their sleep?

UI researchers believe sleep twitches may be linked to sensorimotor development
UI researchers suspect that sleep twitches in human infants are linked to sensorimotor development. Read on to learn how new parents can contribute to their study.

Optimizing Monday nights

Model developed by UI researchers could improve 'Monday Night Football' schedules
UI researchers find that big-name quarterbacks and reigning Super Bowl champions make the biggest impact on Monday Night Football rankings, the Jacksonville Jaguars the least. Their other conclusion? Putting together a compelling football schedule is hard work.
artifacts from early farming community

Glenwood's early family farmers

Office of the State Archaeologist studying pre-contact Native American settlement on RAGBRAI route
Some of Iowa's first early farmers were a small group of Native Americans in southwest Iowa. The Glenwood people farmed individual plots for about 150 years until mysteriously vacating the region about A.D. 1350. The Office of the State Archaeologist at the UI is researching the group's past.
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The importance of the humanities at Iowa

Why 'why' matters just as much as 'how'
President Bruce Harreld comments on Obermann Center director Teresa Mangum's recent essay about the value of the humanities and reiterates how important they are to the University of Iowa.

The Wall Street Journal Priest reviews Bakke's 'The Grid'

Tyler Priest, associate professor of history and geography, examines The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, which looks at how the vast network that arose to provide electricity in a centralized and standardized fashion is “being colonized by a new logic: little, flexible, fast, adaptive, local.”

Quantum drag

UI physicist says current in one iron magnetic sheet can create quantized spin waves in another, separate sheet
A study by Michael Flatte proposes that a current in one iron magnetic sheet creates a current in a separate sheet. The finding could be important in the emerging field of spintronics, which seeks to channel energy from spin waves generated by electrons to create smaller, more energy-efficient electronic devices.

UI sees increase in federal support of research, scholarship in fiscal year 2016

Federal support of University of Iowa research and scholarship increased 4 percent in fiscal year 2016, with substantial gains from both the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Science Foundation (NSF). Federal research funding increased $8.5 million over FY15, from $231.9 million to $240.4 million.

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