Latest Research News

Billion-year-old 'theft' powers plants

Sunday, March 18, 2012
How did plants develop photosynthesis — the ability to turn carbon dioxide and water into sugar and oxygen in the presence of light? Turns out they stole it.

What's killing bats at wind farms?

Sunday, March 18, 2012
Some theorize it's low-pressure fields, but a UI pathologist and colleagues suggest a more basic problem.

UI Pharmaceuticals passes pre-approval for topical drug

Sunday, March 18, 2012
The drug-manufacturing unit based at the UI College of Pharmacy is the largest, most-experienced program of its kind, partnering with industry and government agencies on the development of new medications.

Confronting Huntington's disease

Sunday, March 18, 2012
Postdoctoral research fellow Nancy Downing can't cure the fatal genetic disorder, but she hopes to help people deal with the diagnosis and the changes it brings.

UI study: Tweak graduated license

Friday, March 16, 2012
A University of Iowa study finds the state’s graduated driver’s license program, in place for 10 years, could use some tweaking to prevent crashes and save lives. John Lundell, deputy director of the UI Injury Prevention Research Center, says Iowa was among the first states to launch a GDL program, but now changes are needed.

Can biodiversity beget biodiversity?

Friday, March 16, 2012
New species may encourage a chain reaction of biodiversity. University of Iowa assistant professor of biology Andrew Forbes has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the origins of biodiversity.

Gordon: Eminent domain fears justified?

Friday, March 16, 2012
Enterprise zones have raised property owners' fears of eminent domain. UI's Colin Gordon says the fears are understandable, but do not flow directly from enterprise zones.

High levels of MRSA in retail meat

Friday, March 16, 2012
Researchers at the University of Iowa College of Public Health found the antibiotic-resistant bacterium—which causes some 185,000 cases of food poisoning each year—in about 7 percent of pork products tested.

Estate gift supports diabetes research

Thursday, March 15, 2012
A $554,000 gift from the family of a University of Iowa alumnus will establish the Marvin F. Hall Family Diabetes Research Fund at the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Researchers expand dental implant project

Thursday, March 15, 2012
College of Dentistry investigators are studying how nanoscience techniques may help bone and soft tissue adhere to medical devices, potentially making for better implants.

Squeezing secrets from sea sponges

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Postdoctoral scholar Lei Chen hopes to help synthesize potential cancer-fighting molecules from sponges that live in the southwest Pacific.

Why the short face?

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Fossils from an Ice Age giant short-faced bear are now on display at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History. The short-faced bear bones are displayed in a special temporary exhibit.

Step inside the BOD POD

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
University researchers who need to know about their human subjects’ body composition can now make use of the latest technology—the BOD POD. And the general public may soon be able to use it, too.

Seeking coal alternatives

Friday, March 9, 2012
The University of Iowa has received a $25,000 grant to help expand its use of biorenewable fuel in the campus power plants.

UI College of Education recognizes faculty with research awards

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Fifteen University of Iowa faculty members received support to fund research projects that represent educational research at its best: “critical, purposeful, and solutions-oriented,” according to UI College of Education Dean and Professor Margaret S. Crocco.

Boning up for better health

Thursday, March 1, 2012
A new clinical trial conducted by University of Iowa researchers shows that delivering high doses of "load," or stress, to bone through programmed electrical stimulation of the muscle significantly slows the loss of bone density in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI).

Make better decisions with money

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Money is great for buying stuff, but a new study by University of Iowa finance professors suggests it's also useful for keeping score and might help people make better decisions.

Law school restores Illinois slavery history

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Law professor Lea VanderVelde is working with the Illinois State Archives to make the agency's online servitude and emancipation records database more complete and accurate.

Lawsuits as investments

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Some invest their money in stocks, some in bonds, some in real estate. Increasingly, investors are also putting their money into lawsuits, and University of Iowa law professor Maya Steinitz says governments need to regulate this growing market.

Feeding the research at the University of Iowa

Thursday, March 1, 2012
Where might you find 320 grams of raw apple peels on the menu? In the metabolic kitchen of the University of Iowa's Clinical Research Unit, which prepares meals for human subjects in UI research.