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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

UI student studies mussels, aims at career in water resource engineering

Lee Hauser studies mussels on the Iowa River

University of Iowa engineering graduate student Lee Hauser studies mussels in the Iowa River with an eye on a career in water resource engineering after graduation. Story

Economics of obesity

David Frisvold, assistant professor of economics, will present “Public Policy and Personal Health: Effective tools for combatting obesity,” on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at noon in the Iowa Theater, Iowa Memorial Union. Story

UI students get inside look at ecology through research study

A dozen undergraduates at the University of Iowa learned about biodiversity in a hands-on way: The students worked with biologist Andrew Forbes and graduate students to inventory insect populations in urban areas, as part of a biodiversity study. Some said the experience may influence their career choice. Story

Green spaces don't ensure biodiversity in urban areas

Picture of walnut fly, one of insects studied by UI researchers as part of research into biodiverrsity in ruban areas.

Green spaces in cities are great, but they don't ensure biodiversity, according to University of Iowa biologists. The team found insect abundance was lacking in two common urban trees, suggesting insect movement may be limited by barriers, such as roads and buildings. Results appear in the journal PLOS ONE. Story

Harkin visits PBDB researchers

People talking in a lab.

Senator Tom Harkin visited the University of Iowa's Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building Oct. 28 to learn about federally funded research under way at the facility, and to emphasize the health and economic impact of funded research. Photo Feature

U.S. News ranks UI 121st among 500 'Best Global Universities'

The University of Iowa ranks 121st among the world's 500 “Best Global Universities,” according to the inaugural global rankings published by the magazine U.S. News and World Report. Story

Hancher to present 'Healing Wars' by contemporary dance pioneer Liz Lerman

Image from Healing Wars

As the culmination of an extended residency that has touched many areas of the UI campus, Liz Lerman brings her newest work, "Healings Wars," to University of Iowa's Space Place Theatre Nov. 13-15. Story

UI professor shares better ways to teach teens to drive

Suzy Hoyle has been teaching her son Gracein, 15, the basics of driving. Will Figg for The Wall Street Journal

Corinne Peek-Asa, University of Iowa professor of occupational and environmental health and director of the CDC-funded Injury Prevention Research Center, discusses recent research testing a positive strategy for parent-teen communication about driving. Story from: The Wall Street Journal

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Learning science by being scientists

Iowa teachers describe the value of the Science Writing  Heuristic, developed by UI College of Education ExpertsVideo by Mei-Ling Shaw Williams

The Science Writing Heuristic approach, which was co-developed in 1998 by Brian Hand, a science education professor at the University of Iowa’s College of Education, offers educators a new way to teach that transforms the science classroom and changes the way students think. Video

Regents approve new UI master of science degree in health policy

The Master of Science in Health Policy degree program, formally approved Thursday, Oct. 23, by the Iowa Board of Regents, will equip students with advanced training in health policy analysis. The new degree will be offered by the Department of Health Management and Policy in the UI College of Public Health beginning in spring 2015. Story


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