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Despite claims in the popular media, recent research shows that brushing your teeth with fruit and baking soda does not whiten your teeth. Photo illustration by Tim Schoon.
Published: 2014.10.13 | By Richard C. Lewis | 7:00 AM
Published: 2014.10.13
By Richard C. Lewis
7:00 AM
It may seem like an all-natural way to whiten teeth, but a University of Iowa study shows that a strawberry and baking soda mixture does little beyond cleaning those choppers. The main reason: Strawberries, and other popular natural tooth whiteners such as lemons and apples, lack the chemicals known to cause deeper, longer lasting teeth whitening. Results appear in the journal Operative Dentistry. Story

Cultivating a culture of safety

randi Janssen, director of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health in the UI College of Public Health, in front of a red barn.

University of Iowa faculty member Brandi Janssen brings a unique blend of agriculture and anthropology to her new role as director of Iowa’s Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH). The center collaborates with a number of partners to improve agricultural safety and health across Iowa. Story

Spotlight: Eyes on the storm

An abstract profile of a person's face over a body of water with lightning striking in the person's head, illustrating seizures in the brain

Several University of Iowa experts share their insights to help better understand Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, or SUDEP. Story from: Medicine Iowa

Medicine Iowa

UI professor discusses psychology behind political ads

Assistant professor Daryl Cameron

The Gazette asked Daryl Cameron, UI assistant professor of psychology, to analyze the tactics used in political ads that have been blistering the Eastern Iowa airwaves. Story from: The Gazette

The Gazette

Iowa Flood Center to install 50 new stream stage sensors statewide

IFC project engineer Dan Ceynar installs a new stream stage sensor on Prairie Creek north of Fairfax. IFC project engineer Dan Ceynar installs a new stream stage sensor on Prairie Creek north of Fairfax.

The Iowa Flood Center is installing 50 new stream stage sensors statewide this fall, giving more Iowans the ability to monitor their local waterways in the event of a flood. Video

Science fiction fanzines to be digitized as part of major UI initiative

 three fanzine magazine covers

The University of Iowa Libraries, in partnership with the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, announces a major digitization initiative involving 10,000 science fiction fanzines from the James L. “Rusty” Hevelin Collection. Story

Climate pioneer James Hansen reflects on working with Van Allen

James Hansen reflects on his time as a student at the Unviersity of Iowa.Climate pioneer James Hansen reflects on his time as a student at the University of Iowa.

James Hansen visited the University of Iowa on Thursday, Oct. 16, to speak in the UI Public Policy Center’s “Meeting the Renewable Energy Challenge” symposium. Video

Weather-ready nation: NWS director talks to UI community

Louis W. Uccellini speaking

Tools created by the Iowa Flood Center may be able to play a collaborative role in future forecasting by the National Weather Service and the National Water Center. Story

Iowa Now Minute - 10/16/14

Iowa Now Minute 10/16/14

"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 in Iowa Now. Story

Obermann Center leading UI participation in Global Midwest humanities consortium

A new initiative to aid interdisciplinary researchers in the humanities has yielded Humanities Without Walls, a consortium of 15 universities throughout the Midwest. The University of Iowa will participate in the initiative through the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. UI faculty are encouraged to submit an application. Story

'My two cents in five minutes'

Eean Crawford

What motivates employees to do their best? UI Tippie College of Business Assistant Professor Eean Crawford has made his life's work pursuing research on employee engagement or what makes people tick in the workplace. Crawford talks about his work and the importance of giving your two cents worth in five minutes by taking this year's Working at Iowa survey. Story


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