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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.

Early detection of Parkinson’s being developed with an algorithm by UI professors

Tuesday, September 12, 2023
The study was financed by a $1.8 million federal grant and uses an algorithm and existing diagnostic technologies to detect Parkinson’s disease early.
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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.

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.