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Researchers locate hidden ancient burial mounds

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Researchers led by the University of Iowa used magnetic imaging to locate ancient indigenous burial mounds in southeast Iowa.

Garrett Morris and Kyle Rector of Computer Science earn prestigious NSF CAREER awards

Thursday, March 25, 2021
The National Science Foundation announced that two University of Iowa professors of computer science have been named recipients of CAREER grants, the NSF’s most prestigious research award for early-career faculty in the sciences.

Research by mathematics professor emeritus surges during pandemic

Monday, March 15, 2021
The research of retired Iowa mathematics professor Herb Hethcote that shows how to design models for infectious disease transmission has taken on a new level of relevance during the COVID-19 pandemic, generating thousands of citations since March 2020.

‘Cancer in Iowa’ report analyzes racial disparities in incidence, mortality of disease

Wednesday, March 10, 2021
The annual report finds Black people in Iowa are getting cancer and dying from it at higher rates than any other group in the state.

Research may offer another avenue to tackling sexually aggressive behavior

Thursday, March 4, 2021
A new study from the University of Iowa surveyed college-aged men to determine how often they use strategies that may reduce the risk that they engage in sexually aggressive acts or risky sexual behavior.

UI engineers receive nearly $1 million to develop new methods to recycle paper into fiber reinforced plastic composites

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Instead of turning old paper and cardboard into new paper, engineers at the University of Iowa are working to enhance the process of turning wastepaper into high-value fiber reinforced plastic (FRP) composites. Xuan Song, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering; Chao Wang, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering; and H.S. Udaykumar, professor of mechanical...

UI spin-off NanoMedTrix awarded $2 million from National Cancer Institute

Thursday, March 4, 2021
Using nanoparticles to deliver drugs directly to tumors is a novel technology developed by NanoMedTrix, LLC, a UI spin-off founded by Jose Assouline, an adjunct associate professor in the Roy J. Carver Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. The targeted delivery of these nanoparticles to treat diseases such as bladder cancer led to a two-year...

Researchers report "Midwest water hose" weather events occurring more frequently

Thursday, March 4, 2021
A new University of Iowa study says rising greenhouse gas concentrations caused by human activity are producing an increased frequency of a weather phenomenon that researchers call the "Midwest water hose." The weather event has been occurring more frequently over the last 40 years, researchers Wei Zhang and Gabriele Villarini wrote in a recently published study.

Cold gas streams fed early, massive galaxies

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Astronomers led by the University of Iowa report the first direct, observational evidence that massive galaxies formed in the early universe were provisioned by steady streams of cold gas. These cold gas pipelines survived despite being surrounded by hotter surroundings. The study's lead author is Hai Fu, associate professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

Biologists unravel pathway for cancer cells to become immortal

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Biologists at the University of Iowa have unraveled a second pathway by which cancer cells multiply without end. Using baker's yeast as a model, the biologists explored Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres, a second pathway that cancer cells use to become immortal.

Study links plant protein intake to lower risk of deaths from cardiovascular disease, dementia

Monday, March 1, 2021
Postmenopausal women who ate high levels of plant protein had lower risks of premature death, cardiovascular disease death, and dementia-related death compared with women who ate less plant protein, according to new research from University of Iowa College of Public Health investigators.

Researchers report advance in quantum processing

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Researchers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa report how defects in diamonds may be used at the quantum level to process information more efficiently than ordinary computer bits.

Researchers detect cold gas pipelines feeding early, massive galaxies

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Researchers led by the University of Iowa have detected cosmic pipelines supplying the cold gases necessary for the formation of massive galaxies and the creation of stars. It is the first direct observational evidence of the phenomenon in the early universe.

Study: employer reviews of job applicants’ social media fraught with problems

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
A new study from a University of Iowa researcher suggests that social media content can hurt a job applicant's chances, but also that reviewing job applicants’ social media sites may not be an effective way to assess the candidates, and may also conflict with federal employment law.

Study: fading memories make childhood trauma research a challenge in adults

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
A new study from the University of Iowa finds that the limitations of human memory make it difficult for researchers to link adverse childhood experiences to physical health issues later in life.

Campus can submit letters of intent to apply for P3 Year 1 funding

Thursday, February 18, 2021
The University of Iowa is now accepting letters of intent from faculty and staff who plan to submit proposals for P3 Year 1 funding for initiatives that support strategic priorities of student, faculty, and staff success; research and discovery; and diversity, equity, inclusion, and engagement.

Researchers untangle elusive radioactive element

Monday, February 15, 2021
Researchers including a chemist at the University of Iowa have untangled the elusive, highly radioactive element einsteinium. The researchers report in the journal Nature that they have worked out the basic chemical properties of the element, which was discovered in the explosive debris of the first hydrogen bomb in 1952. Korey Carter, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, is co...

Tim Mattes awarded $1.4 million from NIEHS to reduce contaminants in soil and water

Monday, February 15, 2021
Synthetic polymers which mimic black carbon materials can be created in the laboratory and applied to soil and water along with specialized bacteria to break down hazardous contaminants. The development of these “tunable materials” and determining their impact on bioremediation of halogenated groundwater pollutants is the focus of a five-year $1.467 million grant from the National Institute of...

Krajewski elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
University of Iowa Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Iowa Flood Center Director Witold Krajewski has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his innovative research and leadership in flood prediction and mitigation.

COVID Q&A: Is it time to begin double-masking?

Monday, February 8, 2021
Renee Anthony, professor of occupational and environmental health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, offers updated advice to protect against transmission of the virus, including the practice of double-masking as well as other masking tips and reminders.