Space, Cancer Treatments and Iowa's Bioscience Priorities WorldCanvass starry sky

On October 9, WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer and guest panelists took us inside the groundbreaking history of space research at the UI, described research into 'chemo brain' or the cognitive deficits that can occur after chemotherapy, and detailed a research collaboration that aims to provide weather and climate information to farmers to help them make key decisions at different times of the year.


Segment 1 — Iowa’s role in space research

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Craig Kletzing—Donald A. and Marie B. Gurnett Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa

Segment 2 - Chemotherapy's effect on brain function

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  • Sneha Phadke—clinical assistant professor, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa
  • Kanchna Ramchandran—associate research scientist, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa

Segment 3 - Joint UI-ISU research to provide weather/soil intelligence to Iowa’s farmers

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  • Marty Scholtz—vice president for research, University of Iowa
  • Jun Wang—professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering; assistant director, Iowa Technology Institute, University of Iowa
  • Brian Hornbuckle—professor, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University


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WorldCanvass programs are recorded as audio podcasts and are available on Apple Podcasts, the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), and the WorldCanvass website. University of Iowa International Programs produces the series in partnership with MERGE, 136 South Dubuque Street. Audio production is provided by Kyle Marxen. 

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