College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

UI students help public interpret DNA ancestry tests

Student group educates those interested in ordering a genetic test or interpreting the results
UI students are helping Iowans better understand their ancestry and their DNA. Under the supervision of faculty adviser Bryant McAllister, associate professor in the UI Department of Biology, the students participate in monthly meetings to educate those in the community interested in ordering a DNA test or interpreting results.
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UI Opera Theatre goes big in Hancher debut with ‘The Pirates of Penzance’

Students get first taste of performing celebrated operetta on world-class stage
UI Opera Theatre and the UI Symphony Orchestra are bringing Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” to the Hancher stage. “We really wanted something that everybody could come to,” says Bill Theisen, associate professor and director of opera. The operetta will be UI Opera Theatre’s inaugural Hancher performance.
children crossing street

Why children struggle to cross busy streets safely

New research shows perceptual judgment, motor skills not fully developed until age 14
A team of researchers from the University of Iowa used an immersive traffic simulation to determine why children have difficulty safely crossing busy streets. Participants ranged from 6 to 14 years old, and the 14-year-olds were the only group that managed to complete the simulation without being hit.
student and instructor working in bike-building course

Two disciplines. Two wheels. One elite program.

Unique bike-building classes combining art and engineering set worldwide standard
The University of Iowa’s world-renowned bicycle frame–building courses bring together art and engineering students to answer the question “How do you build a bike?” Conceived by art professor Steve McGuire in 2010, Fabrication and Design: Hand Built Bicycle has become the model for how to build a university bike-building course.
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Celebrated conductor Gerhardt Zimmermann reflects on time at UI, influential teacher he’ll honor

Dixon Memorial Concert to feature UI alumnus Zimmermann and pianist Garrick Ohlsson as guests
Acclaimed conductor and UI alumnus Gerhardt Zimmermann and pianist Garrick Ohlsson will join the UI Symphony Orchestra in a concert honoring the late James Dixon, the symphony’s former director and Zimmermann’s professor. “Iowa Now” recently sat down with Zimmermann to talk about his career and teacher.
Volcanic activity on Tanna

UI geologist studies South Pacific volcano that’s been erupting continuously for hundreds of years

Ingrid Ukstins aims to better understand how volcanoes function
University of Iowa volcanologist Ingrid Ukstins spent two weeks collecting samples from Yasur, a continuously erupting volcano on Tanna, an island in the remote South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, to study its chemical composition and determine how the gasses it produces may be affecting people who live nearby.

Honors Goldwater Foundation recognizes UI undergraduate researchers

Jacob Isbell, a member of the University of Iowa Honors Program and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2017 Goldwater Scholar. The Goldwater Foundation also recognized UI junior Lance Heady with an honorable mention.
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UI’s Cargill touts value of public scholarship, humanities

Assistant professor of classics and religious studies recently featured on CNN’s ‘Finding Jesus’
Robert Cargill, UI assistant professor of classics and religious studies, doesn’t mind being in front of a camera. He’s appeared on CNN’s series “Finding Jesus,” as well as the History Channel, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Channel, to debunk bad scholarship and bring important humanities research to the public.
woman using cookstove

UI hosts conference to save millions of lives globally

Speakers to discuss health and environmental effects of wood-burning cookstoves
Millions of women die every year from the simple household task of cooking. The University of Iowa is hosting a group of internationally recognized experts at a conference, Women’s Health and the Environment: Going up in Smoke, to address the silent global crisis of cookstove smoke.