Articles from September 2023

Milan Sonka portrait

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. 
CBE people

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.
A group of people holding a "Bee Campus USA" sign

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.  
Photo of Charles Stanier

Will summers of wildfire haze in Iowa be the new normal? New research says yes.

Monday, September 18, 2023
We all are familiar with heat waves that pass through during Midwest summers, but how about smoke waves? Those, according to Charles Stanier, professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa, may become the new normal.
Hornbuckle PCBs

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.
An irrigation pivot in a cornfield

Why Iowa farmers are turning to irrigation during drought. And why some are not.

Friday, September 15, 2023
Irrigation is slowly but surely gaining ground in Iowa. It comes with some drawbacks to consider.
A PCB collector rests on top of school lockers

Finding the source of PCB contamination in schools just got easier

Friday, September 15, 2023
In a new peer-reviewed paper published Friday in the American Chemical Society’s Environmental Science & Technology journal, researchers at the University of Iowa’s Superfund Research Program say they have for the first time successfully executed a method to isolate PCB contamination to specific materials in a school classroom.
A group of people talk with a barn and silo in the background

University of Iowa engineers showcase innovative research for better agricultural management and flood prediction

Thursday, September 14, 2023
Students and researchers with Hydroscience and Engineering (IIHR) at the University of Iowa College of Engineering hosted a research open house on Thursday at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm (JCHPF).
OPL Image

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.