• SPRI Students Recognized in OVPR's Dare to Discover Campaign

    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.

  • Gould Offers Public Course on Life

    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.

  • Research Highlight: A Legacy of Love During Troubled Times

    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.

  • Ekdale Awarded $1M Grant to Study Social Media Algorithms

    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.

  • Students Explore Policy Research in Inaugural SPRI Session

    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

  • Research Highlight: Seeing Childhood Through Rose-Tinted Glasses

    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.

  • Berg Featured on Ethical Perspectives on the News

    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.

  • Research in Brief: Water Policy in Health

    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.

  • Berg Hosts "Race and Policing in America" Panel

    Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

    On Friday, October 16, Mark Berg, director of the Crime and Justice Policy Research Program; and Ethan Rogers, assistant research scientist in the Crime and Justice Policy Research Program, participated in "Race and Policing," as part of the College of LIberal Arts and Sciences "Pursuing Racial Justice at the University of Iowa" theme year series for 2020-2021.

  • Tate and Secchi Lead Authors on 2020 Iowa Climate Statement

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020

    Eric Tate, faculty affiliate in the Environmental Policy Research Program, and Silvia Secchi, senior research fellow in the Environmental Policy Research Program, were lead authors on the 2020 Iowa Climate Statement, which drew parallels between the threats of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. The statement drew 230 signatures from across the state this year.

    The four major points in the statement are: