UI researchers find simple life forms communicate benefits of calorie restriction

Yeast cells extend lifespan, share benefits with other yeast cells
In a new study, scientists uncovered evidence that baker’s yeast cells not only extend their own lifespan in response to caloric restriction but also communicate with other cells to share the benefit of caloric restriction.
Iowa Now Minute - 1/29/15

Iowa Now Minute - 1/29/15

Roundup of UI activities, research, public engagement, and campus life
"Iowa Now Minute" is a 60-second roundup highlighting recent UI activities, research, public engagement, and campus life. Look for a new video every Thursday.

New cells may help treat diabetes

UI group creates insulin-producing cells that normalize blood-sugar levels in diabetic mice
Starting from human skin cells, researchers at the University of Iowa have created human insulin-producing cells that respond to glucose and correct blood-sugar levels in diabetic mice. The findings may represent a first step toward developing patient-specific cell replacement therapy for type 1 diabetes.

Satellites can improve regional air quality forecasting

New data may offer resolution five times better than present data
University of Iowa researchers have found that data gathered from geostationary satellites—satellites commonly used for telecommunications and orbiting about 22,000 miles above the equator—can greatly improve air quality forecasting. Results appear in the journal "Geophysical Research Letters."
An Iowa dancer leads a class for community college students in Ottumwa.

Engaging our communities

UI outreach programs span research, education, arts, humanities, and more
Take a look at a few of the many ways University of Iowa programs and people are engaging with communities in Iowa and beyond. The UI was recently recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its "institutional focus on community engagement."

Honors Penny's book named outstanding academic title

Kindred by Choice , written by Glenn Penny, professor of history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title of 2015.
A poster depicts screening of "The Lion's Mouth Opens" documentary

UI Carver College of Medicine website Free Jan. 29 'The Lion's Mouth Opens' Huntington disease documentary screening

The public is invited to a free screening of "The Lion's Mouth Opens," a documentary about a woman who bravely faces a daunting life-defining moment as finds out about her genetic testing results for Huntington disease (HD), Thursday, Jan. 29, with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m and the screening beginning at 7 p.m., at the John Pappajohn Business Building, Room W10 (Buchanan Auditorium). The film is made possible by the UI Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence and the HDSA Iowa Chapter. 

Steering teens safe

Lunch and Learn in Des Moines looks at programs reducing crash rates
How do we best prepare the next generation of drivers? That topic will be the focus of the upcoming Hawkeye Lunch and Learn event, as Corinne Peek-Asa presents “Steering Teens Safe: How Research Has Informed Best Practices for New Drivers.”
UI Library learning commons

Embracing the future, preserving the past

UI librarians discuss the modern library at Feb. 11 Lunch and Learn
In the not-too-distant past, the distance between you and the vast collections at University of Iowa Libraries was dictated by geography. But changes in the ways information is discovered, shared, and used are transforming university research libraries and opening access to anyone with a computer.

The Student Experience: Sraavya Undurty

Biomedical engineering student was quick to impress in research labs
Sraavya Undurty, a University of Iowa senior and biomedical engineering major from West Des Moines, has worked in two faculty research laboratories, helped teach an engineering class to her peers, and volunteers at UI Hospitals and Clinics, just to name a few of her many accomplishments and activities.