• ISRC Director Organizes ISA Meeting

    Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

    The University of Iowa hosted a ISA meeting that brought 110 scholars from 30 different countries to campus to discuss various topics related to social stratification and mobility from August 9-12th.
  • Carlson Director of Environmental Policy Research Program

    Friday, August 5th, 2011

    Jonathan Carlson is joining the Public Policy Center as the Director of the Environmental Policy Reserch Program. His research focuses on international environmental law and policy.

  • Study Finds Fertilizer Contributes to Global Warming

    Friday, August 5th, 2011

    The source of one-third of nitrous oxide (a greenhouse gas that also destroys stratospheric ozone) in our atmosphere is unknown. A recent article coauthored by PPC Environmental researcher, Scott Spak, in Environmental Science & Technology may help to fill this gap. The team of UI researchers found that atmospheric N2O may be formed from the decomposition of ammonium nitrate, which is used as fertilizer and also found in secondary atmospheric particle pollution.

  • 2010-2011 Annual Report

    Friday, August 5th, 2011

    The PPC has released on the web its Annual Report for FY 2010-2011. Highlights of the year include the establishment of an Environmental Policy Research Program, award of a Commonwealth Fund grant to use Iowa as a model to study the implications of the Health Care Reform law on safety-net providers, and the HF Program marking its fifth year of data collection in naturalistic teen driving research. View the report

  • Spak Named to NASA Science Team

    Friday, August 5th, 2011

    Scott Spak has been named to the NASA Air Quality Applied Science Team.
  • 2011 IDD Report Released

    Friday, August 5th, 2011

    The Health Policy Program has released on the web, "Use of Preventative Services by Children and Adults with IDD: Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009." The report is one in a series that responds to a mandate from the Iowa legislature to determine whether the physical and dental health needs of recipients of medical assistance who are persons with intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD) were being regularly and fully addressed.

  • McGehee Interviewed on NPR

    Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

    PPC Human Factors Program Director Dan McGehee spoke with NPR's John Hockenberry about the dangers of what Hockenberry calls the "texting problem." Hockenberry suggests texting should be considered equivalent to drunk driving, since the risks are comparable.
  • Scott Spak to Join PPC

    Thursday, June 9th, 2011

    Scott Spak will join the Public Policy Center's Environmental Research Program on August 1st. His research focuses on understanding connections between complex environmental systems, and their changes in technology, policy, land use, and society.
  • ISRC Director Leicht Discusses the Vanishing Middle Class

    Monday, June 6th, 2011

    Kevin Leicht joined Heather McGhee in a discussion of why the American dream is slipping away for middle class Americans and if it's possible to get it back on an NPR podcast.
  • PPC Wins Commonwealth Fund Grant

    Monday, June 6th, 2011

    The Public Policy Center will examine the effect of the health care reform law on the health care safety net for uninsured, Medicaid and other vulnerable patients in Iowa.