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Breaking through the shell

Researchers create technique for opening insects’ exoskeletons to study living cells
Insects are tough animals to study. One reason is their armor-like coating, called an exoskeleton, which protects their organs. Researchers have discovered a technique to open the exoskeleton in order to study living organs and cells.

Parkinson's disease protection may begin in the gut

UI researchers find intestinal cells’ immune response protects vital neurons
The gut may play a key role in preventing the onset of Parkinson's disease. UI biologists found that in roundworms, an immune response from intestinal cells sparks a series of chemical signals that ultimately preserves neurons whose death is associated with Parkinson's. The results appear in the journal "Cell Reports."

Popular Mechanics Can an alarm clock really help you sleep better?

Eric Dyken, director of the UI's Sleep Disorders Program, says the body produces melatonin when it gets dark, and as melatonin levels rise, people get drowsy and eventually fall asleep. The use of alarm clocks with bright light can affect sleep patterns. 

Benj Revis works in his lab.

The UI's professional glassblower

Benjamin Revis custom designs and repairs equipment for researchers and artists alike
The University of Iowa has employed an on-campus glassblower for more than a century. Benjamin Revis, the UI's current professional scientific glassblower, custom designs and repairs equipment for researchers and artists alike. His shop is located in the Chemistry Building, but he performs work university wide.
Erica Cole and Herky

Chemistry Herky

Sophomore seamlessly synthesizes success from research, theater, jewelry design, and 'mascot security'
University of Iowa sophomore Erica Cole’s passion for chemistry, theater, jewelry design, and Herky Security helps her skillfully combine the arts and sciences. Her chemistry faculty mentor says Cole "epitomizes the kind of liberal arts student we want at Iowa."
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#AreYouHappy?

UI computer scientists develop algorithm to measure life satisfaction on Twitter
New research by University of Iowa computer scientists uses Twitter data to study how satisfied users are with their lives.

Study identifies liver-generated hormone that regulates 'sweet tooth'

A new University of Iowa-led study, published in "Cell Metabolism," has identified a hormone that appears to be linked to sugar cravings and consumption. The research could improve diet and help diabetic and obese patients.
Sean Peck

Tipton boy, 5, is Kid Captain when Hawkeyes host Maryland on Halloween

Family participates in clinical trials to help find a cure for cystic fibrosis
When Sean Peck was 9 days old, a test revealed he has cystic fibrosis (CF), a genetic disorder that causes his body to produce thick, sticky mucus. The disease impacts Sean’s lungs, pancreas, and liver, affecting his breathing, digestion, and growth.

New UI Libraries unit opens access to digital scholarship

The UI Libraries’ Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio offers a collaborative work environment that serves faculty and students whose research and creative work benefit from concentrated efforts in digital knowledge creation, curricular innovation, idea dissemination, and project archiving.

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