Latest Research News

Study finds coordination of brain and breathing rhythms during sleep begins early in life

Monday, June 10, 2024
A study by University of Iowa researchers could aid in understanding sleep-related breathing disorders in children.

Iowa researcher studies incentives for dental visits

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
Iowa researcher Jason Semprini studied the affects of healthy behavior incentives on dental visits.

UI assistant professor receives grant for fiber optics communication study

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Ravitej Uppu, assistant professor in the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy, has received a grant to study how to improve the way information is transmitted securely at the quantum level.

Clients near and far seek IIHR expertise on water projects

Sunday, May 12, 2024
IIHR engineers recently designed and built scale models of a complex water-retention and storage system for municipal, agricultural, and other major water users in eastern Colorado, where water supply can fluctuate, and are testing the efficacy and efficiency of a new pump station that will be added to the Cedar Rapids Water Pollution Control Facilities.

Young pedestrians, self-driving vehicles: What’s the safest scenario for crossing the road?

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Crossing roads for children can be a risky calculation, especially when the vehicles are self-driven. In a new study, University of Iowa researchers determined pre-teenage children are safest when self-driving vehicles signaled their intent to yield with a green light when they arrived at the intersection, then stopped.

Kennelty, Casteel land $17.9M award for hypertension management study

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Two University of Iowa researchers have been approved for nearly $18 million to help older adults with multiple chronic medical conditions better manage their hypertension.

4 UI faculty named AAAS fellows for 2023

Thursday, April 18, 2024
Four Iowa faculty members—Kevin Campbell, Michael Feiss, Bob McMurray, and Lori Wallrath—have been named 2023 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general-scientific society. Read more about the work of these faculty members, who were among 502 fellows selected for the award from around the world.

How Exercise Strengthens Your Brain

Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Physical activity improves cognitive and mental health in all sorts of ways. Here’s why, and how to reap the benefits. In this New York Times article, Michelle Voss, associate professor of psychological and brain sciences, talks about how exercise protects against neurodegenerative diseases.

Howes awarded NASA grant to study magnetic reconnection in solar wind

Thursday, March 28, 2024
NASA has awarded Professor Greg Howes a $525,311 grant to study the plasma physics of magnetic reconnection in turbulent solar wind.

NASA touches down in Iowa to talk TRACERS

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
NASA delegates visited the University of Iowa on March 7-8 to learn about the largest externally funded research project in institutional history.

Three CLAS faculty members receive humanities scholar awards

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
Three College of Liberal Arts and Sciences faculty members recently received awards to support their respective research projects during the next academic year. Jenna Supp-Montgomerie, religious studies and communication studies; Stephanie Miracle, dance; and Jonathan Wilcox, English each received a Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank (DSHB) Humanities Scholar Award.

Hoadley, DeRoo receive NASA’s Nancy Grace Roman Technology Fellowships

Wednesday, March 6, 2024
NASA's Roman Technology Fellowship will supply $500,000 over two years to support their research in space-based instrumentation.

Alcohol consumption leads to greater cancer risk for Iowans

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Iowans’ alcohol consumption—in volume and frequency—is among the highest in the nation and puts residents at greater risk for cancer. The 2024 Cancer in Iowa report notes Iowa has the fourth-highest incidence of alcohol-related cancers in the U.S. and the highest rate in the Midwest.

UI faculty member awarded prestigious fellowship for neuroscience research

Tuesday, February 20, 2024
Stephanie Gantz, assistant professor in the Carver College of Medicine, has been named a 2024 Sloan Research Fellow for her work studying the brain.

New study shows value of donated breast milk for extremely premature infants

Wednesday, February 14, 2024
A new study led by the University of Iowa has determined that extremely premature infants fed donor milk fare just as well in neurodevelopment as those fed formula. The researchers also found that death rates from a life-threatening disease were halved in infants who were fed donated milk.

Grant awarded to study whether self-regulation promotes healthy lifestyle

Monday, February 12, 2024
A project led by a University of Iowa associate professor will study how self-regulation affects physical activity.

UI advances cochlear implant science into 5th decade with $13.8 million grant renewal

Friday, February 9, 2024
More than 40 years on and after thousands of procedures, Bruce Gantz, MD, vividly remembers how his first patient reacted when she received her cochlear implant in the early 1980s just as these devices were being introduced in the U.S.

UI faculty highlight benefits, share tips on working with media to promote work

Monday, January 29, 2024
When Tara Bynum, University of Iowa assistant professor of English and African American Studies, published her first book, Reading Pleasures: Everyday Black Living in Early America, she was able to share her words with an even larger audience than she could have imagined: She was interviewed by PBS in February and was featured on an April episode of The Takeaway podcast, hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry.

Stresses strengthen disease-causing yeast

Tuesday, January 9, 2024
University of Iowa biologists have found that a yeast species that can be hazardous to human health can become more resistant when exposed to a prior, mild stress. The researchers also learned this trait does not exist in a close relative, brewer’s or baker’s yeast.

The day the solar wind died on Mars

Friday, December 8, 2023
On Dec. 26, 2022, the solar wind disappeared on Mars. In a new study, researchers led by Jasper Halekas at the University of Iowa explain why the ever-present solar wind vanished. Halekas will present the findings for media on Dec. 11 at the American Geophysical Union annual meeting in San Francisco.