Latest Research News

Understanding suicide as a social justice issue

Monday, November 9, 2020
In a new article published in the Journal of Prevention and Health Promotion, Counseling Psychology Professor Emeritus John Westefeld of the University of Iowa College of Education, describes how we can begin to understand suicide and suicide prevention as a social justice issue.

Mining consumer reviews for innovation gold

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
A soon-to-be published study by University of Iowa researchers finds that companies can find ideas for innovative new products in the consumer review sections on e-commerce websites like Amazon.

Anthropology professor's book wins award

Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Elana Buch, associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, was awarded an Eileen Basker Memorial Prize by the Society for Medical Anthropology. The society cited in the award announcement Buch's "significant contribution to anthropological scholarship on gender and health.”

Peek-Asa elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Monday, October 19, 2020
Corinne Peek-Asa, associate dean for research and professor of occupational and environmental health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine.

The Milky Way galaxy has a clumpy halo

Monday, October 19, 2020
Astronomers at the University of Iowa have determined our galaxy is surrounded by a clumpy halo of hot gases that is continually being supplied with material ejected by birthing or dying stars. The halo also may be where matter unaccounted for since the birth of the universe may reside.

Stay in touch with your emotions to reduce pandemic-induced stress

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
The coronavirus has ushered in a lot of stress. A team of psychologists at the University of Iowa say people can reduce stress by identifying their emotions and taking mindful action to address them. The findings come from a national survey gauging how Americans are faring during the pandemic.

Humanities professor named Ford Foundation fellow

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
A humanities professor at the University of Iowa has been named a Ford Foundation fellow for 2020-2021. Alberto Ortiz Diaz, assistant professor of history and global health studies, will work on a book about incarceration in the modern Caribbean.

Biology professor wins NIH funding to study organism's response to stress

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
An assistant professor in the Department of Biology has been awarded an Early Stage Investigator grant from the National Institutes of Health. Bin He will use the funding to investigate how gene regulatory networks evolve as an organism reacts to external perturbations—such as a change in temperature or source of food— how they may contribute to a species’ adaptation to its environment. His lab...

Bardhoshi named a top contributor to flagship journal

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Gerta Bardhoshi, an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Counselor Education in the University of Iowa College of Education, has been named a top contributor to the Journal of Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development.

Good reputation badges on websites increase sales

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Online merchants who have earned a literal seal of customer approval for their website sell more stuff, while less reliable sellers who lack such an endorsement sell less, according to a new University of Iowa study.

Biology graduate student named to journal pre-print team

Thursday, October 8, 2020
A graduate student in the Department of Biology has been named to the pre-print team at the scientific journal Open Biology. Beth Osia says pre-print submissions are an integral part of the scientific publishing process and an important first stop for feedback for many researchers.

Physicists win NASA funding to build special apparatus for magnetic field sensors

Thursday, October 8, 2020
A University of Iowa physicist has been awarded funding from NASA to design and build a special mast that can carry magnetic field instruments outfitted for miniature space satellites.

University of Iowa chemists study environmental safety, health effects of nanotechnology

Friday, September 25, 2020
A group led by Sara E. Mason at the University of Iowa has obtained renewed funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation to study the environmental safety and human health effect of nanomaterials. Mason’s group is part of a national consortium called the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology.

University of Iowa team wins $1M NSF grant to lead a multi-university consortium to advance medical AI

Thursday, September 24, 2020
To address concerns around patient privacy and data security in medical artificial intelligence, Stephen Baek, assistant professor of industrial and systems engineering at the University of Iowa, along with UI investigators Xiaodong Wu, professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Nick Street, professor of business analytics, has received a $1 million phase one grant from the National...

Keeping people safer with Iowa technology

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Technology developed at Iowa is used to develop artificial intelligence software that can detect potential safety risks ranging from weapons to slip and fall hazards.

Imitation Games: We Take an $80 Million Driving Simulator for a Spin

Thursday, September 17, 2020
At the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) research center, more than 40 faculty, staff, and students use a 93-ton moon-lander-looking machine and a variety of vehicle cabs to study the way people drive. This test rig—called NADS-1—rides on seven belts (six on the x-axis, one on the y). All in, this costs about $80 million, but it allows researchers to perfect today's...

NADS provides national leadership on COVID-19 research protocols

Thursday, September 17, 2020
National Advanced Driving Simulator Director Daniel McGehee made recommendations for human subjects testing in driving research for the COVID-19 era to the Transportation Research Board during its mid-year meeting earlier this month. How to keep people safe in driving research—in both simulators and on-road vehicles—is not something that has been widely shared or standardized in the research...

Peek-Asa study shows farmers need more time to get to trauma centers

Thursday, September 10, 2020
A study by Corinne Peek-Asa in the College of Public Health finds that farmers who are injured on the job take an hour longer to get to a trauma center because of the isolation of their jobs and distance EMTs must travel.

University of Iowa internship program offers graduate students the diverse career options they need

Friday, September 4, 2020
Common for undergraduates, internships have never been a routine part of doctoral study. But they should be — both to give our Ph.D.s more career options and to help departments build connections with the world around us. Beginning in 2019, the university’s Obermann Center for Advanced Studies began offering internships to doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences, as part...

NASA-funded study at IIHR explores connections between reduced air pollution due to COVID-19 and decreases in precipitation in the western United States

Thursday, September 3, 2020
New research at the University of Iowa College of Engineering will study the connections between reduced air pollution due to COVID-19 shutdowns and sharp decreases in precipitation in the western United States.