Research

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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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.
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President Harreld on the value of public universities’ work

University of Iowa President J. Bruce Harreld discusses how the UI serves its students, the general public, and the world at large. From diabetes research to public scholarship, the UI is at the forefront of important discoveries and acts as a venue for crucial conversations.
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.

UI researcher finds Chinese concept can improve employee performance

‘Moqi’ improves communication between worker and manager
The Chinese cultural concept of “moqi” (pronounced “mo-chee”) means something like unspoken cooperation or teamwork. Rather than asking direct questions, many Asian workers use it to interpret their supervisor’s intentions. Moqi may not help domestic companies, but American firms with ties to Asia might want to keep it in mind.

Financial math may help build a better HIV vaccine

UI microbiologists accurately predict evolution of HIV surface proteins using concepts from stock price prediction models
What do particle diffusion and stock price prediction have to do with building a better HIV vaccine? According to University of Iowa microbiologist Hillel Haim, you can apply concepts from both to predict the evolution of HIV surface proteins, making it easier to design effective vaccines.

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