News

  • Study Shows Biking in MidWest Could Save Money and Lives

    Monday, February 20th, 2012

    Environmental researcher Scott Spak was part of a team that analyzed data sets on obesity, health effects of pollution, and air pollution caused by automobiles. They found that switching from cars to bicycles for short trips would yield savings of almost $8 billion per year.
  • Health Program Wins Contract to Evaluate PREP

    Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

    The Public Policy Center will evaluate the Iowa Department of Public Health’s multi-year Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP). PREP's objective is to provide sexuality education to adolescents that is medically accurate, culturally and age-appropriate, and evidence-based.
  • Sikka Wins Eisenhower Fellowship

    Monday, February 6th, 2012

    Transportation graduate researcher Nikhil Sikka has been awarded the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship for his dissertation on travelers' attitudes towards uncertainty in travel time.
  • Nguyen Wins Jean Flanigan Outstanding Dissertation Award

    Thursday, January 26th, 2012

    Public Finance researcher Phuong Nguyen has been awarded the 2012 Jean Flanigan Outstanding Dissertation Award by the Association for Education Finance & Policy (AEFP). Dr. Nguyen's dissertation explores education policies and finance issues in three locations.
  • Tougher Licensing Laws Would Save Lives

    Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

    Dan McGehee was invited by the Des Moines Register to comment on a study released by the Allstate Foundation that looks at teen driver licensing laws in Iowa. The study found that stricter regulations could have saved 32 young lives and $200 million in 2009.
  • Task Force on Aging Hosts Health Care Reform Presentation

    Monday, December 5th, 2011

    The Johnson County Task Force on Aging invited PPC Director Dr. Peter C. Damiano to give a presentation on Health Care Reform at the Coralville Public Library on November 14, 2011.
  • Bonds Reduce Cities' Debt in Iowa

    Monday, December 5th, 2011

    Dr. Phuong Nguyen, researcher in the PPC Social Science Program, was quoted in the Iowa Press-Citizen in an article titled Cities' Debt Varies Across County. With interest rates at an all time low, many municipalities have chosen to increase their outstanding debt by issuing bonds.
  • Teen Passengers Increase Crash Risk for Teen Drivers

    Thursday, December 1st, 2011

    The Human Factors and Vehicle Safety program has released a policy brief that compiles information from the latest research on the safety impact of teen passengers on teen drivers. Iowa is currently one of only seven states with no law restricting teen passengers.
  • Damiano leads HRSA Midwest Oral Health Summit

    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

    PPC and Health Policy Research Program Director Pete Damiano was lead facilitator of the 2011 Midwest Oral Health Summit, which focused on developing public/private partnerships to address key oral health challenges in the states.
  • Older Adults at Greater Risk of Ending Up 'Housebroke'

    Monday, November 21st, 2011

    Does older always mean wiser? Not when it comes to the foreclosure crisis. Jerry Anthony, Director of the PPC Housing and Land Use program has found that the chance of being "housebroke" was higher if the oldest adult in a household was 65 or more.

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