Promiscuous salamander found to use genes from three partners equally

Finding points to the inventive ways animals balance genetic material
A UI study shows that a unique all-female lineage of salamander equally balances genes from the males of three other salamander species. The findings highlight the bizarre ways some animals reproduce in order to preserve their species. The results were published in the journal “Genome Biology and Evolution.”
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Building virtual worlds to prep for the real one

Students tackle research challenges using latest virtual technology
At the University of Iowa, undergraduate students work side by side with researchers to create a digital human being, design virtual car trips for an advanced driving simulator, and more. Hands-on tech experiences like these allow students to grow intellectually and prepare for their career after college.
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UI undergrads tackle pressing health problems

In UI research labs, students learn life lessons and contribute to scientific discovery
Researchers at the UI’s Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building are working to eradicate diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s—and they rely on undergraduates for help. As early as their first year, UI undergrads get hands-on research experience and make important contributions to their fields.

UI biologists identify reproductive traffic cop

Protein dictates speed at which chromosomes pair up, pass DNA
University of Iowa researchers have found a protein that regulates how chromosomes pair up and pass genetic information. FDK-6 dictates the speed at which maternal and paternal chromosome strands move and join in roundworms. The findings were published online this month in “The Journal of Cell Biology.”

Honors Michael Welsh receives 2017 Steven C. Beering Award

Welsh is director of the UI’s Pappajohn Biomedical Institute. His primary areas of research are cystic fibrosis pathogenesis and therapies, and the influence of brain pH on memory.
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Lunar sonic booms

UI scientist gives talk about mini shock waves on the moon at major scientific meeting
University of Iowa physicist Jasper Halekas discussed new findings about the physics surrounding mini shock waves produced on the moon at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco on Dec. 14. The findings come from NASA’s ARTEMIS mission, of which Halekas is the deputy principal investigator.
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A new leader for the UI Department of Biology

Diane Slusarski is first woman to head the department
On July 1, 2016, Diane Slusarski became departmental executive officer of the University of Iowa Department of Biology. Slusarski is the first woman to lead the department, and she aims to set a new course while being an example of female leadership in a STEM field.