Welcome to the October 2022 issue of the CLAS Research Resource Newsletter!

Though we are moving to a new email format, our goal remains the same as ever: to keep our CLAS faculty, staff, and students informed about our exciting research, scholarship, and creative activity—and to provide a forum to celebrate your success.

Enjoy exploring the articles and, as always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me if I can help. 

Joshua Weiner 
Associate Dean for Research 
Professor of Biology
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Upcoming grant and fellowship deadlines

Check out this extensive list of grant opportunities available internally and externally through the end of the year. Deadlines are approaching quickly for some of the October listings. Also note the unique offerings available through the W.M. Keck Foundation for medical and science and engineering projects. Only two applications are accepted from the UI each year, one for each category. Concept papers are due Dec. 5 

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Meet Carmen Langel

Carmen Langel is our new Grant Support Office Director. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Iowa and comes to CLAS from IHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, where she led development and communications, including grant writing. Learn more about her in this Q&A

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Translation Program receives a $1 million grant to form National Resource Center for Translation and Global Literacy

Associate Professor Aron Aji led a team of colleagues across campus to produce a successful proposal to the U.S. Department of Education. The grant totals more than $1 million over the next four years—one of the UI's largest humanities grants. 


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CLAS mathematics professor receives $1.7 million NIH research grant

Mathematics Assistant Professor Yangyang Wang received a Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience (CRCNS) award that will support research that may help inform opioid use disorder.

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Interdisciplinary team secures $500K to address climate, environment, and health

The team includes Biology faculty members Professor Josep Comeron, Associate Professor Veena Prahlad, and Associate Professor of Instruction and Iowa Sciences Academy Director Lori Adams. The team will investigate the effect of the diverse environmental stressors affected by climate change on the unique health challenges of rural people.

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Recent grant awards

CLAS is a powerhouse of research, discovery, and creativity. That is reflected in the grants our faculty receive as they work to advance scholarship in their areas of study. Please congratulate the following faculty on their recent research and grant awards. 

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Meet the researcher

Bradley Cramer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. He says the most rewarding part of his work is focused on improving undergraduate STEM education and building the GEO-STEM workforce for the 21st Century. Learn more about him and his research. 


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Meet the artist

Get to know Rachel Cox, an Assistant Professor and Program Head of Photography in the School of Art and Art History. Learn about her and a photo-based project that focuses on her personal experiences with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). 

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Iowa Social Science Research Center helping advance social science research

Directed by Frederick Boehmke, Professor and Marvin and Rose Lee Pomerantz Chair in Political Science, this center provides resources for faculty and researchers at Iowa, including data collection and analysis; grant development; transcription and data entry; as well as workshops and consulting. Learn more about how this center is supporting the UI's research mission. 




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Art and science collaborate on new brain sculpture

Receptive Field was recently installed at the Iowa Neuroscience Institute (INI) inside the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. School of Art and Art History Associate Professor Daniel Miller created the piece, based on brain scan composites from faculty research at the institute. 

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