Research

UI researchers find ending Medicaid dental benefit costly

Study of California’s program found trips to the emergency room increased
An UI study finds states gain little when dropping adult dental coverage. Researchers say adults in California made 1,800 more hospital visits annually for dental care after losing the benefit. California spent $2.9 million each year, 68 percent more before eliminating the benefit. Results in the journal Health Affairs.

UI teams up with NSF to turn inventions into businesses

The University of Iowa has teamed up with the National Science Foundation to establish a program for accelerating commercialization of technologies developed by student and faculty inventors and entrepreneurs, especially those developed by women.
Donna Bohlmann looks over an online course assignment with Courtney Durst, a senior at Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont High School.

Iowa Farmer Today Rural teachers, students seek AP classes

Small schools in rural communities often have a hard time finding enough students and teachers to offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes. In Iowa, the state has worked to deal with the problem by offering online AP classes through the UI College of Education’s Belin-Blank Center.

 Tai D. Matthews leads a lesson on ancient Greece in her 6th grade humanities class at the Paterson (N.J.) Academy for the Gifted and Talented

Education Week Poorest students often miss out on gifted education

STEM-talented middle school students in 11 high-poverty districts in rural Iowa are participating in the UI Belin-Blank Center’s STEM Excellence and Leadership program that will build a pipeline to high school AP courses.  Economically-vulnerable students often fall through the cracks without specialized programming, according to center director Susan Assouline.

New studies contradict earlier findings on Rett syndrome

UI neuroscientist Andrew Pieper and colleagues at three other universities, show that bone marrow transplant does not rescue mouse models of Rett syndrome, a severe neurological disease that affects very young girls. The findings directly contradict seemingly promising results published in 2012, which initiated a clinical trial for human patients.
Airbag inflator

The Gazette UI's Butler explains science behind recent airbag recall

University of Iowa provost and engineering professor P. Barry Butler, who hasn't been involved in the recall, was part of a team that worked with General Motors and Ford a decade ago on passenger air bag inflators. They created software to model combustion of the propellant, he said.

KGAN Explaining the pink premium

University of Iowa marketing professor Alice Wang explains why companies charge higher prices for the exact same product when marketed at women than when they're marketed at men. 

Grants Abel awarded $4 million to study heart failure and diabetes

E. Dale Abel, director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa, has been awarded two separate grants totaling $4 million from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute to study the connection between diabetes, obesity, and heart failure.

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