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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.

Disfiguring Disease Spread by Flies Has 'Firm Foothold' in US: Scientists

Monday, October 23, 2023
A tropical disease, once only seen in returning travelers, is gaining a "firm foothold" in the southern United States, scientists warn. Cutaneous leishmaniasis is a potentially disfiguring skin disease that is being spread by the bites of infected sand flies. There is also growing evidence that a life-threatening form of the disease, called visceral leishmaniasis, could also begin to infect U.S. sand fly populations. Visceral leishmaniasis can affect the internal organs, and results in between 20,000 and 30,000 humans deaths every year and it is also spread by sand flies. The parasite, another species of Leishmania, is thought to be coming into the U.S. in increasing numbers through the importation of dogs from regions where the disease is common, says Christine Petersen, director of the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa.

College of Pharmacy associate professor receives grant exceeding $2M

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
An associate professor in the UI College of Pharmacy has received a $2.24 million grant to study chemotherapy dosing guidelines in breast cancer treatment.

Social media trend explained: The appeal of ancient history on TikTok

Friday, October 6, 2023
The Roman Empire may have peaked about 2,000 years ago, but many men can’t stop thinking about it—at least according to a recent TikTok trend that has generated more than 1.6 billion views. Sarah Bond, the Erling B. “Jack” Holtsmark Associate Professor of Classics at Iowa who also is a renowned historian of the ancient world, says she welcomes the attention with a few caveats.

Promoting Breastfeeding in Women with MS

Thursday, October 5, 2023
It’s tough to be a new mother, whoever you are, whatever your income, wherever you live. But for women with chronic health conditions, it’s exceptionally difficult. Even breastfeeding can feel like an insurmountable task, full of uncertainties about the transmission of medication in breastmilk and the physical demands of holding an infant for long periods of time. This past summer, an Obermann Interdisciplinary Research Grant team, aided by Spelman Rockefeller funding, began studying breastfeeding in women with multiple sclerosis (MS), a chronic disease of the brain and spinal cord.

Jaynes awarded the 2023 AGU James B. Macelwane Medal

Tuesday, October 3, 2023
Allison Jaynes, professor of physics and astronomy, was selected to receive the AGU James B. Macelwane Medal, which is given annually to early career scientists in recognition of their significant contributions to Earth and space science. AGU, the world's largest Earth and space science association, annually recognizes a select number of individuals for its highest honors.