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College of Public Health students trace COVID-19

Thursday, November 19, 2020
Community members who contract or are exposed to COVID-19 may find themselves talking on the phone with Rebecca Nyangufi, one of about 45 University of Iowa College of Public Health students who are working part-time as contact tracers at Johnson County Public Health in Iowa City. These students have the unique experience of helping the local public health department and wider community handle the...

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.

Exploring the echo chamber: Ekdale receives $1M grant to study social media algorithms, extremism

Thursday, October 29, 2020
Funded by the Minerva Research Initiative—the social science research arm of the Department of Defense—Brian Ekdale, associate professor in the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and his co-investigators will use qualitative, quantitative, and computational research methodologies to investigate the psychological attributes that make a person vulnerable to radicalization and how U.S...

Chorazy named associate dean for academic affairs

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Margaret (Maggie) Chorazy has been named associate dean for academic affairs in the University of Iowa College of Public Health. Her appointment begins Nov. 1, 2020. Chorazy is currently the director of undergraduate programs for the college and a clinical associate professor of epidemiology. Her research interests include infectious disease epidemiology and scholarship of teaching and learning in...

Office of Sustainability announces funding for research projects

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
The Office of Sustainability and the Environment has announced three research and educational projects that have won funding. The projects are: "Sustainable Food Systems and COVID-19: A Mixed-Methods Assessment of Innovations and Strategies;" "A hard rain’s gonna fall: Responses of Iowa’s bur oak to increased precipitation variability;" and "Algal Blooms Detection and Forecasting through Smart and...

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...

Reassigned employees help State Hygienic Lab near milestones

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
A number of University of Iowa employees temporarily reassigned have helped the State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) near some milestones related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The employees helped fill critical roles in the testing process over the summer as the SHL expanded its capabilities to meet explosive demand for testing. The lab is fast approaching having conducted half a million COVID-19 tests...

UI museums and libraries win $200,000 grant to expand senior programming in Iowa

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
A $222,327 grant to the University of Iowa will allow an expansion of the Stanley Museum of Art's Senior Living Communities Program, which brings art programming and interactive activities to seniors in long-term care facilities in Iowa. The grant is part of $13.8 million in funding under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Grants for Museums and Libraries announced Sept...

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...

UI employees step up to help State Hygienic Lab with COVID-19 testing

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Meet the small army of temporarily reassigned University of Iowa employees who helped fill critical roles in the COVID-19 testing process over the summer at the State Hygienic Laboratory.