University of Iowa

Authored by Iowa City Press-Citizen

12/8/2014

Moving past gender

We all have to begin shifting our expectations and biases. We have to lose the binaries that never existed in the first place (sexes at birth). We have to understand that gender identity needs to be celebrated and accepted as each individual feels most natural and not impose it and require it to match an assigned sex at birth. I invite you to attend a WorldCanvass discussion of gender and identity at 5 p.m. Tuesday at FilmScene, 118 East College St.
12/1/2014

More Americans completing Peace Corps applications

Before some important changes were made earlier this year to the Peace Corps' initial application process, Meredith Gall used to describe the eight-hour, online experience as an illustrative introduction to what would-be applicants were getting themselves into. In July 2014, when the Peace Corps launched a streamlined, one-hour version of its application and prospective applicants are responding.
Jay Sehgal
11/17/2014

Managing water to break the cycle of poverty, hunger, disease

In rural India, water scarcity is the most obvious shared link between poverty, hunger and disease. According to the World Health Organization, 780,000 of the 10 million annual deaths in India are due to lack of basic health care amenities, such as effective sewage systems, elementary sanitation facilities and safe drinking water. Almost 90 percent of diarrhea cases are a result of contaminated water. When people have no ready access to water, their choices and freedom are constrained, and the results are far reaching.
10/14/2014

Brazil is all that and more

Brazil lives in the popular imagination as an exotic, tropical landscape whose glorious beaches offer stunning vacation destinations. For some, the mention of Brazil stirs thoughts of unrestrained logging, all-but-unknown indigenous populations along the Amazon and over-crowded cities where the disparities between rich and poor couldn’t be sharper. And yet for others, Brazil is a 21st-century powerhouse, bursting with plentiful natural resources and rich with development opportunities.
9/26/2014

UI international student grad launches app to translate menus

When RuiHao Min took his girlfriend to an Italian restaurant during his freshman year at the University of Iowa, a polite gesture turned faux pas when he ordered for his date and received an undesirable entrée, but also a potentially lucrative idea: Blue Cheese.
Mark Nolte
9/2/2014

Working to build a community of innovation

The hallmark of this new century has been one of disruption. Dynamic change no longer comes in the form of incremental process. New ideas and technologies emerge every day, threatening existing systems and our entire economic structure, while simultaneously creating new opportunities. For those who thought the rise of automation and globalization of the past century were difficult to weather, the near future looks to be even more turbulent. As we endure the frenetic pace of change happening in many aspects of life, we experience impatience in areas where it is not. Right now there are innovators, idealists and entrepreneurs with the courage to rethink every facet of our world. Education, transportation, healthcare, finance and agriculture, all cornerstones of the Iowa City area economy, are in the crosshairs for these disruptors.
Bernd Fritzsch
5/6/2014

Working to keep brains functioning past 100 years

Over the last 60 years, demographics on longevity have dramatically changed. The world now has a growing population that far exceeds in absolute and relative terms anything in human history. The United States alone will have more than 70 million people 65 years old or older by 2040. Not everyone benefits from such longevity, as disease can cripple the function of the brain leading to an altered state of mind.
4/7/2014

What path will you choose? Music, science or both?

Many musicians, artists and scientists have the desire to merge disciplines in order to better understand our world, and Iowans will have the chance to experience the results of one such collaboration this week in a number of different events and programs on the Unviersity of Iowa campus.