Articles from September 2023

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ECE professor on multidisciplinary Iowa team seeking new therapies for eye disease

Friday, September 29, 2023
University of Iowa professors Elliott H. Sohn, Milan Sonka, and Jon C.D. Houtman are working to unravel the mechanics of the “wet” form of age-related macular degeneration, an eye disease that can blur one’s central vision. 
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CBE study finds solar hydrogen costs could beat federal goals

Monday, September 25, 2023
A University of Iowa graduate student has found a method for generating solar hydrogen that could make the cost of this renewable energy source more affordable than benchmark goals targeted by the Department of Energy, according to findings published this month in the International Journal of Hydrogen Energy.
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ESAC plants Pollinator Garden outside Seamans Center

Monday, September 18, 2023
The Engineering Staff Advisory Council has installed the ESAC Pollinator Garden on the back side of the Seamans Center. The ESAC Pollinator Garden is the University of Iowa's first project as part of the Bee Campus USA initiative, which commits to reduce pesticides, provide educational opportunities for pollinator conservation, and increase native plantings.  
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Iowa researchers find emissions of PCBs from school building materials

Sunday, September 17, 2023
University of Iowa researchers studying toxic air chemicals have identified building materials used in a Vermont school could pose health risks to the school’s students and staff.
Sharif Rahman

ME professor developing new algorithms to optimize design reliability

Friday, September 15, 2023
Sharif Rahman, a professor of mechanical engineering and a faculty affiliate of the Iowa Technology Institute, is developing advanced computational algorithms to optimize designs of complex engineering systems and structures that could make ground vehicles, aerospace structures, and electronic packaging, among many examples, more reliable.
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ISE professor draws industry attention for AI-driven mission demo with Lockheed Martin

Lockheed with University of Iowa Iowa's Operator Performance Laboratory completed an artificial intelligence demonstration using two piloted L-29 aircraft in a simulated air-to-ground mission. OPL is lead by Tom "Mach" Schnell, a professor of industrial and systems engineering and OPL chief test pilot.
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CoE faculty play critical role in multi-institutional biomanufacturing project

Thursday, September 7, 2023
A multidisciplinary team of University of Iowa engineering faculty will contribute to a $20 million, multi-institutional project to boost Iowa’s position as a leader in bioscience and advanced manufacturing.
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Iowa Flood Center receives $1M for Eastern Iowa

Tuesday, September 5, 2023
The Iowa Flood Center (IFC) at the University of Iowa was awarded $1 million to expand flood and drought monitoring, watershed management, and forecasting services in Eastern Iowa through Congress’s Community Project Funding championed by Congresswoman Ashley Hinson and Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks.
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CBE Profs Stanier and Carmichael coauthor The Conversation article

Canada’s seemingly endless wildfires in 2023 introduced millions of people across North America to the health hazards of wildfire smoke. While Western states have contended with smoky fire seasons for years, the air quality alerts across the U.S. Midwest and Northeast this summer reached levels never seen there before.