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Carver College of Medicine receives $3.7 million to study coronavirus transmission in emergency-healthcare workers

The Roy J. & Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine is seen on Monday, November 18, 2019.

Will Fineman, News Reporter

May 6, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine a joint $3.7 million grant to study how to reduce emergency health care workers’ risk of contracting COVID-19 while treating positive patients. The study, conducted in partnership with the U...

UI researchers use simulations to observe how viruses dry on solid surfaces

Professor Hongtao Ding (left), PhD students Avik Samanta (center) and Qinghua Wang (right) work on a nanosecond laser surface treatment system to conduct experiments in Ding’s laser research lab in the IATL building. (Contributed)

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

April 29, 2020

University of Iowa researchers recently began a new study to observe through simulations how droplets containing viruses that are ejected when a person coughs or sneezes dry on solid surfaces. A one-year RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation totaling $200,000 will fund the research. The w...

Research at University of Iowa put on pause due to COVID-19

Test tubes with samples are put into a spinner at the University of Iowa Medical Laboratory on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019.

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

April 28, 2020

With COVID-19 restrictions impacting universities around the nation, research at the University of Iowa has been put on hold. Stephen Pradarelli, strategic communications director for the office of the vice president for research, said in an email to *The Daily Iowan* that researchers are doing...

Researchers at the UI concluded that a second wave of COVID-19 is likely if the state slows mitigation efforts

The College of Public Health Building as seen on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (James Year/The Daily Iowan)

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

April 28, 2020

A week before Gov. Kim Reynolds announced she would be allowing businesses to reopen in parts of the state, researchers at the University of Iowa sent the Iowa Department of Public Health a report detailing the risks of opening the state up too early. The report concluded that prevention measures and mitigation eff...

Researchers at the UI create robotic rehabilitation device to help increase range of motion in the wrist

Caterina Lamuta (left) and Venanzio Cichella (right) pose for a portrait in front of their home on Saturday, April 25, 2020. Both mechanical engineering professors at the University of Iowa, the couple is a part of the team working to create a new robotic rehabilitation device.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

April 26, 2020

Two mechanical-engineering assistant professors at the University of Iowa have created a robotic device to give people with limb impairment a wider range of motion. Right now, the pair is focused on the upper limbs and their first prototype increases mobility in the wrist. The researchers, Venan...

UI receives $11.4 million grant renewal to study health effects of manmade chemicals

Keri C. Hornbuckle
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Study of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that have toxicological importance for humans and ecological systems.

Kelsey Harrell, News Reporter

April 20, 2020

Researchers in the Iowa Superfund Research Program at the University of Iowa received a $11.4 million grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health to continue studying the health effects of a set of manmade chemicals proven to be carcinogens used in old electrical equipment. The five-...

UI professor researches how to cope with the stress of working from home

The Old Capitol building is seen in 2018.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 7, 2020

When social-distancing guidelines went into effect, University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Assistant Professor Beth Livingston pulled on her headset and sat in front of her computer to advise Americans on how to face the unexpected struggle of balancing work and family life while at home....

UI collaborates with University of Georgia to develop MERS — a potential COVID-19 vaccine

University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is seen on Sept. 17, 2018.

Naomi Hofferber, Senior Reporter

April 7, 2020

The University of Iowa and University of Georgia have teamed up and developed a vaccine that protects mice against MERS, which is closely related to the virus that causes COVID-19, UI Health Care announced Tuesday. This, according to a news release, may be a promising step toward developing a vac...

UI science students adapt to online classes, loss of in-person labs

Photo illustration by Jenna Galligan

Rin Swann, News Reporter

April 5, 2020

Annie Wofford, a University of Iowa third-year student studying human physiology on the pre-med track, was concerned that she may miss out on the hands-on learning her lab classes on campus offered as the UI moved to virtual instruction. Wofford, who described herself as a more “atmospheric learn...

PETA calls for ending animal research at the UI

The Old Capitol building is seen in 2018.

Caleb McCullough, Assistant Politics Editor

March 31, 2020

The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called for the University of Iowa to shut down all animal experiments Friday following changes made by the Office of Animal Resources in response to COVID-19. In a letter addressed to President Bruce Harreld, the organization urged the university to prohibit any new animal experiments, prohibit breeding and acquisition...

What is COVID-19? A breakdown of the virus that’s spread across the globe

Coronavirus virus outbreak and coronaviruses influenza background as dangerous flu strain cases as a pandemic medical health risk concept with disease cells as a 3D render

Alexandra Skores, News Editor

March 22, 2020

COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has claimed the lives of over 12,000 individuals across the world and now has a case present in all 50 U.S. states. The virus hadn’t previously been identified in humans, however, in 2020, the virus has proven to have taken the l...

UI researchers take precautions with study subjects amid COVID-19 concerns

UI researchers take precautions with study subjects amid COVID-19 concerns

Brooklyn Draisey, Managing Editor

March 13, 2020

While the University of Iowa has not yet restricted research activities, the UI Human Subjects Office and Institutional Review Board put out guidelines to ensure researchers and vulnerable participants remain healthy amid growing numbers of coronavirus cases in Iowa. There are currently 14 COVID-19...