Latest Research News

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.

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.

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.

Wildfires have erased two decades’ worth of air quality gains in western US

Monday, December 4, 2023
A new study from the University of Iowa concludes that wildfires originating in the western United States and Canada have erased air quality gains over the past two decades and caused an increase of premature deaths in fire-prone areas and downwind regions.

Chlorine is a highly useful chemical that’s also extremely dangerous − here’s what to know about staying safe around it

Monday, November 27, 2023
Many people encounter chlorine in their daily lives, whether it’s as an ingredient in household bleach or an additive that sanitizes water in swimming pools. Chlorine is also used as an antiseptic, a bleaching agent in the production of paper and cloth, and to kill microorganisms in drinking water. But this familiar chemical is also extremely toxic. And because it’s ubiquitous in many industries across the U.S., it often is released in chemical accidents and spills.

3MT winner exploring how to use corn to mitigate PCBs, improve public health

Monday, November 27, 2023
University of Iowa PhD student David Ramotowski is working on how to decrease the effects of harmful chemicals found in soil deposits using Iowa’s most plentiful agricultural product: corn.

UI professor receives NASA grant

Monday, November 20, 2023
University of Iowa professor Gregory Howes has received a grant from NASA to study how particles in space are accelerated to high energy.

Human brain takes stock of blame

Monday, November 6, 2023
University of Iowa researchers have found that the human brain can distinguish between an outcome caused by human error and one in which the person’s decision-making is blameless. The brain takes just one second to separate the outcomes, and in cases involving human error, extra time to catalog the mistake.