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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.
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UI art professor receives grants for projects in natural dyes, printmaking

Thursday, September 21, 2023
Anita Jung, a UI art professor, has received grants involving natural dyes and the editing of video interviews conducted with printmakers in India.
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The Amber Gleam of Yakgwa, South Korea’s ‘It’ Cookie

Perhaps no Korean dish represents the value of honey more than the ancient dessert yakgwa, a deep-fried honey cookie soaked in syrup. Yakgwa (“yak” means medicine and “gwa” means confection) is more than a vessel for coveted sweetness. It connects generations and tells the story of Korea’s reverence for tradition and optimism for the future.
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What are the liberal arts? A literature scholar explains

The term “liberal arts” is one of the most misunderstood terms in the public discourse on higher education today. A higher education expert once said that putting the words “liberal” and “arts” together was a “branding disaster” – one so toxic that it was undermining public support for higher education. To break down the meaning and origin of the term, The Conversation reached out to Blaine Greteman, a professor of English, who looks at how the term emerged in ancient times.
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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.

UI Mathematics marks 25 years of expanding access to doctoral education

The UI Department of Mathematics helped launch the Math Alliance, which has had an incredible impact expanding access to doctorate degrees to people of color across the country, including 50 minority graduates from Iowa.
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UI holds top public nursing, writing programs in ‘US News’ rankings of best universities

Friday, September 15, 2023
The University of Iowa improved its national ranking in undergraduate nursing programs to No. 4 and is tied for No. 1 among public universities, while also remaining the best public writing program in the country, according to the latest rankings published by U.S. News & World Report.
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CLAS professor Rebekah Kowal shortlisted for prestigious dance research award

Rebekah Kowal, the executive officer of the Department of Dance, was recently shortlisted for the Oscar G. Brockett Prize for Dance Research for her 2020 book, "Dancing the World Smaller: Staging Globalism in Mid-Century America."

What are dreams for?

Mark Blumberg, chair of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa, discusses his research into the connection between body twitches, dreams, and REM sleep.
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What the pope’s visit to Mongolia says about his priorities and how he is changing the Catholic Church

Kristy Nabhan-Warren, professor and V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies, published an article in The Conversation, an independent news organization dedicated to unlocking the knowledge of academic experts for the general public. As a scholar of Roman Catholicism, Nabhan-Warren describes how Pope Francis' official travels are part of his decade-long effort to rebrand the Roman Catholic Church as a religious institution that centers on the poor.
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Long after pandemic, 'Zoom wave' endures

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Among the enduring social changes to follow the COVID-19 pandemic has been a collective shift to group video calls for work meetings. Many of us still end those calls with a “Zoom wave” three years later. But why?
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10 things you may have missed over the summer

Friday, August 18, 2023
Whether you were out of town, on vacation, or unplugged for the summer, here are 10 things you may have missed.