This image shows atomic hydrogen scattering sunlight in the upper atmosphere of Mars, as seen by the Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph on NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission. About 400,000 observations, taken over the course of four days

MAVEN mission observes ups and downs of water escaping from Mars

UI research contributing to latest findings
University of Iowa scientists have contributed to the latest findings about what happened to the water on early Mars. Jasper Halekas, investigator on the MAVEN mission, led one of several studies that revealed swings in the planet’s water loss depended on Mars’s distance from the sun.
jacob heiden at driving simulator

UI grad’s student employment put him on the road to his career

Jacob Heiden landed a job at UI’s NADS after working there his senior year
Jacob Heiden spent his last year of college working at the UI’s National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS). Now he’s a research support coordinator there and focuses on educating middle school students and others about the dangers of using a smartphone while driving.

Despite its dearth of coastline, Iowa has scientists who study hurricane forecasts

UI research evaluates forecasting models for predicting rainfall from tropical cyclones
To help improve hurricane preparedness and mitigation efforts, new University of Iowa–led research examines how accurate current forecasting systems are in predicting rainfall from North Atlantic tropical cyclones that make landfall in the United States.
dan collins portrait


Teaching since 1973, UI accounting professor Dan Collins is honored for his work educating thousands of accountants across Iowa and the country
Dan Collins has touched the lives of thousands of accountants in his decades of teaching at the UI and was honored for his mentorship over the summer. Here, he talks writing, Enron's impact, and his fondness for the PhD.