Thursday, February 4th, 2021
The PPC, in collaboration with the Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduate, is offering funding for UI faculty who would like to hire undergraduate students to assist with their policy relevant research.
Friday, January 29th, 2021
Research in Brief is a monthly series that highlights the policy research work of the Public Policy Center. In this month's episode, assistant research scientist Ethan Rogers, of the Crime and Justice Policy Research Program, talks about his work of examining the effects of COVID-19 on Iowa prison populations.
Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
Two PPC SPRI students were highlighted in the Office of the Vice President for Research's (OVPR) annual "Dare to Discover" campaign.
Tuesday, January 5th, 2021
Visiting associate professor David Gould has adapted his popular "Life Design" course to UI alumni and the public, January 6 - 27.
Friday, December 18th, 2020
A study by Mark Berg, director of the Crime and Justice Policy Research Program, and colleagues found that respondents who grew up in adverse social environments have an elevated risk of long-term cardiovascular disease. The study also showed that warm, supportive parenting during childhood resulted in fewer adverse health effects, and that warm, supportive parenthood during adulthood does not buffer the long-term health effects of childhood adversity.
Thursday, December 10th, 2020
Brian Ekdale, 2020 summer scholar-in-residence, and now senior faculty affiliate in the Media, Policy, and Public Opinion Research Program, was awarded a $1million grant from the Minerva Research Initiative to continue his research on social media algorithms and extremism.
His work examines how social media algorithms reinforce personal biases, and in some cases lead to extremism. Ekdale presented a virtual lunch and learn on the topic on December 1, as part of his summer scholar agreement. It can be viewed here.
Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
26 students participated in the inaugural Summer Policy Research Institute (SPRI), a six- to eight-week program for undergraduate and graduate students interested in policy research
Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
A study by Mark Berg, director of the Crime and Justice Policy Research Program, and colleagues found that respondents tend to recall negative childhood events less often as adults than they do as children. Even if not recalled in adulthood, however, childhood adversities still predict lower quality cardiovascular health.
Thursday, November 5th, 2020
Mark Berg, director of the Crime and Justice Policy Research Program, appeared on Ethical Perspectives on the News to discuss, "Crime in America - How Bad is it?" on Sunday, November 1. Berg, along with moderator Alan Diehl and Cedar Rapids Chief of Police Wayne Jerman, discussed how the public's perspective of crime rates do not match up with the actual statistics.
Thursday, October 29th, 2020
Research in Brief is a monthly series that highlights the policy research work of the Public Policy Center. In this month's episode, director of the Environmental Policy Research Program, David Cwiertny, talks about his work in water quality policy and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted his work.