Last month, the United States marked an important milestone. On Jan. 8, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson declared an “unconditional war on poverty.” The 50th anniversary of Johnson’s State of the Union Address has reignited a national debate about income inequality and government roles in improving the plight of the poor.
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The history of universities is one of democratization.
Early universities existed to educate the clergy. The Land-Grant Acts of 1862 and 1890 brought an expanded focus on agricultural and technical skills. After 1944, the GI Bill introduced waves of people who had never had access to higher education before, and the civil rights movement broadened access even more.
As government, business and academic leaders unite around encouraging students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, businesses with a need for those workers need help as soon as they can get it.
“We’ve certainly seen it in stress among both the faculty and staff in terms of the implications. Most of the effects, however, are more likely to be felt not with existing research projects, but with resubmission of new proposals whose decisions will be made in the coming months and over the next year,” Reed explains.
As doctors and scientists continue to make huge leaps in terms of genome sequencing and scanning devices, everything about your medical treatment is going to change.
Iowa’s two public research universities are the latest to adopt policies aimed at attracting more industry-financed research by promising the sponsors simple—and low-cost—terms to license any inventions that result from the work.
Companies that consider partnering with Iowa’s larger universities on research projects received more incentive to do so Thursday. University of Iowa and Iowa State University officials said they would now allow businesses to negotiate deals for intellectual property or technology that comes out of research before the work begins. In the past, deals were negotiated only after research yielded results, meaning uncertainty for businesses.
The University of Iowa and Iowa State University announced Wednesday a new research sponsorship option that will allow industry to negotiate exclusive licenses to breakthroughs that grow out of their partnerships with university researchers. The new option spurs increased partnerships between the Regents universities and industry by giving companies more tools to protect their research investments and helps to increase the rate of technology transfer to the private sector.
Faster, faster, faster—it seems the only constant in our lives is ever more rapid and seemingly disruptive change. Entire industries can vanish in just a few years, supplanted by new technologies or overrun by global competitors, and taking jobs, economic security and hopes and dreams with them. More and more, economic events half a world away have direct and often unanticipated effects that reverberate across Iowa, the Midwest, and the Great Plains. We are in the American heartland, but our economic ties extend around the world.
Two University of Iowa leaders called for a new compact between government, academia, and industry in a presentation to members of the Iowa General Assembly.
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) — it is literally the stuff of life.
Three billion instances of four nucleotides in the haploid genome define our humanity, and slight variations across those 3 billion instances are responsible for all our differences — including our susceptibility and predisposition to diseases.
Daniel Reed is less than a month on the job as the University of Iowa's new vice president for research and economic development and his expansive vision is an apt metaphor for the universe he enjoys scanning with his telescope.
The report was authored by the Committee on Global Approaches to Advanced Computing, chaired by UI Vice President Daniel Reed; the Board on Global Science and Technology, Policy and Global Affairs; and the National Research Council.