Economic Development

A farmer in bib overalls standing in a field of grass

RAGBRAI to ride by UI alum’s acclaimed free-range pig farm in Thornton

UI alumnus Paul Willis owns a celebrated free-range pig farm in Thornton, Iowa, one of the stops on this year’s RAGBRAI route. He’s also the founder of the Niman Ranch farm network, where his UI alumna daughter, Sarah Willis, works. Both say their UI education contributed to their success.
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Partnership among USGS, IGS, and others helps RAGBRAI riders learn what’s under their tires

The U.S. Geological Survey, Iowa Geological Survey, Office of the State Archaeologist, and Iowa Limestone Producers Association are working together to teach RAGBRAI riders about the land that’s rolling by under their tires. The “Learn About the Land” brochure, produced every year, details the bike route’s natural resources.

UI external research funding sees uptick despite challenges

Fiscal year 2017 saw an estimated 1 percent increase in both total external funding and funding that supports research and scholarship at the University of Iowa.
two men sitting in jet while third man checks equipment

Iowa’s Operator Performance Laboratory tackles pilot behavior, air safety

Current research focuses on pilot distraction and degraded visual environments
This isn’t your kids’ VR headset. Researchers at the University of Iowa Operator Performance Laboratory are using augmented reality to assess how the proliferation of technology in the cockpit is affecting pilots’ concentration. They’re also using it to make difficult helicopter landings safer.