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CHEEC announces grant program to test for lead in school drinking water

The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) is offering free lead testing for up to five Iowa elementary schools with older drinking water infrastructure, thanks to Grants to School Program funding that will provide up to $10,000 per school to cover the cost of the work. CHEEC is working with the Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory (SHL) to offer the testing...

Record funding used to aid veterans, improve STEM education

The record-setting $588.8 million in external funding to the University of Iowa in FY19, which includes $467 million for research and scholarship, is helping faculty improve treatments for military veterans wounded in battle and develop better ways to teach K–12 students science and math, as well as fueling other areas of innovation and discovery. The UI saw particularly large increases in funding...
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Research and external funding reach highest levels in UI history

Grants and other funding that support University of Iowa research and scholarship reached an all-time high in FY19, bolstered in part by increased support from the Department of Defense (DOD) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). [Related: Record funding used to aid veterans, improve STEM education] Research funding from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019, rose 7%, or $32.4 million, to $467...
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UI-ISU researchers team up to advance state bioscience priorities

Researchers from the University of Iowa (UI) and Iowa State University (ISU) are building joint teams that will work to use gut bacteria to treat chronic diseases, improve weather forecasts for precision agriculture, and produce better vaccines against swine and avian flu. The three teams have each won two-year, $50,000 seed grants to help them develop their bioscience projects. This is the second...
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Register now for Oct. 25 Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar

It’s never too early to start strategizing about how to write a winning grant proposal that will get attention and bring in research funding. A long-respected program that helps faculty and other research team members do just that, the Write Winning Grant Proposals seminar, will be offered on the University of Iowa campus Oct. 25. The event will be presented by John D. Robertson, Ph.D., a managing...

CHEEC leads partnership on new Iowa drinking water well information system

The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC), in collaboration with the UI Hydroinformatics Lab (UIHI Lab) and the Iowa Geological Survey (IGS), has developed an information system to assist the management of private wells in Iowa. The Iowa Well Forecasting System (IWFoS) is a publicly accessible web platform that allows users to view spatial information...
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Dental device could light the way to better root canal treatments

A root canal can be challenging under the best of circumstances, for the patient and the dentist. While the patient may be happily oblivious to the experience thanks to the miracle of modern-day anesthetics, the endodontist faces twin challenges while rooting around in your mouth: thoroughly and quickly cleaning and disinfecting the area being treated, and promoting rapid healing. A new instrument...

Journal article underscores importance of university tech transfer activities

A new journal article by a senior licensing associate in the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) argues that academic tech transfer activities contribute enormously to society and the economy, and that diminishing funding of those efforts jeopardize U.S. dominance in research-based discovery and innovation. Writing in the June 2019 issue of les Nouvelles, the journal of the Licensing...
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Crooks named Pentacrest Museums director

Liz Crooks has been named University of Iowa Pentacrest Museums director, effective June 1, after a year in the role on an interim basis. Pentacrest Museums includes the Old Capitol Museum and the UI Museum of Natural History. “I feel honored to be chosen as the permanent director for the museums and I’m eager to continue the work undertaken over the last year,” Crooks said. “I am grateful to the...

NSF issues requirement regarding findings of sexual harassment

Under a new National Science Foundation (NSF) term and condition effective for awards issued after October 22, 2018, all awardee institutions such as the University of Iowa (UI) must notify the NSF of any finding or determination of violation of University policy related to sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault by Principal Investigators or Co-Principal Investigators of...