Quasars may answer how starburst galaxies were extinguished

Observations suggest quasars may starve galaxies of energy needed to form stars
University of Iowa astronomers have located quasars inside four dusty starburst galaxies. The discovery may explain why this type of galaxy, where huge numbers of stars were once created, ceased making stars.
merging galaxy imagery

What role do supermassive black holes play when galaxies merge?

UI astrophysicist wins National Science Foundation grant to study just that
Galaxies are merging all the time, even our own galaxy, the Milky Way. But how these mergers occur isn’t entirely clear. University of Iowa astrophysicist Hai Fu will use a National Science Foundation grant to find and characterize supermassive black holes associated with merging galaxies.
UI students studying water quality

UI wins $3 million grant to launch water sustainability graduate program

Students will dive deep to train for STEM careers inside, outside of academia
A new Sustainable Water Development graduate program, inaugurated with a grant from the National Science Foundation, will prepare UI students for careers as engineers, entrepreneurs, professors, or in other professions in the STEM fields.

Helping cities prepare for growth

UI researcher’s data analysis will help policy makers better prepare for populations shifts and environmental changes
A University of Iowa researcher has received a $155,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an analytical tool that uses data to help planners and policy makers detect population shifts and environmental changes.
An aerial photo of a farm in the Midwest that is flooded

Study finds Midwest flooding more frequent

Research covered more than 50 years of data in 14 states
A University of Iowa study that looked at daily records collected by the U.S. Geological Survey at 774 stream gauges in 14 states found that over the last 50 years, the Midwest and surrounding states have been experiencing a larger number of big flood events.

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."
Ibrahim Ozbolat

UI researcher leading 3D 'bioprinting' efforts lands major award

Ozbolat's goal: bioprint human tissue
A prestigious award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will help a University of Iowa engineering professor to create 3D-printed pancreatic endocrine tissues to effectively manage diabetes.