Latest Research News

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.

Miles named PI of TRACERS Mission

Monday, September 25, 2023
Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy David Miles has been named Principal Investigator of the Tandem Reconnection and Cusp Electrodynamics Reconnaissance Satellites (TRACERS) Mission following the death of Craig Kletzing in August. In 2019, a team led by Kletzing won a $115 million contract from NASA for TRACERS, the single largest externally funded research project in University of Iowa history.

Language recognition is as much about brains as it is about hearing

Friday, September 22, 2023
University of Iowa researchers have learned that how efficiently people recognize spoken words depends as much on the mind’s working as on hearing. In a new study, the researchers examined how well adults across the life span process spoken language.

UI professor named math society fellow

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
University of Iowa professor has been named a fellow at the Institute of Mathematical Statistics.

College of Pharmacy associate professor receives NIH grant

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
A University of Iowa associate professor was awarded a grant to study the behavior of proteins, research that could be used for developing protein drug products.

UI seeks more flexibility for leasing, selling land at UI Research Park

Thursday, June 8, 2023
The University of Iowa is asking the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, to bolster the appeal of the UI Research Park to biotech and medical research firms by allowing more flexible terms for securing land on which they build.

Graduate student earns prestigious NIH award

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Valeria Cota is a first-generation college student in the College of Pharmacy who's a recipient of a three-year National Institutes of Health Kirschstein National Research Service Award Pre-Doctoral F31 Fellowship — an extremely prestigious award.

UI Carver College of Medicine lands $28 million grant to take clinical research out into rural communities

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine has received a seven-year, $28 million Clinical and Translational Science Award from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. The grant is focused on extending the reach and benefit of clinical and translational research into communities across Iowa by fostering multidisciplinary collaboration across the university and the state. 

Folland awarded NSF grant to study photonics in crystals

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
The National Science Foundation has awarded Assistant Professor Tom Folland a $604,691 grant for a project that will determine how certain classes of crystals can be used to control both direction, and orientation of light waves. These materials can form a key part of creating advanced optical technologies including laser imaging, optical biosensors, and quantum optics.