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:
Thursday, October 1st, 2020
Research in Brief will highlight our PPC researchers' work in this series of brief videos. In this episode, director Pete Damiano talks about his work on access to health insurance.
Friday, September 25th, 2020
Jocelyn Roof (she/her) is a fourth-year student originally from Waterloo, IA studying political science and sociology. Jocelyn has been an intern at the PPC since 2018, and serves as the executive director and founder of Hawk The Vote, a campus-wide nonpartisan initiative to get students registered, educated, and turned out to vote. Jocelyn began working at the PPC within the Social and Education Policy Program with the Equity Implemented Partnership, and then worked with Dr. Pete Damiano on initiatives related to K-12 civics education.
Thursday, September 10th, 2020
The recent deaths of George Floyd and other Black Americans at the hands of police have prompted changes in the curriculum of the criminology program at the University of Iowa. Associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, and director of the PPC's Crime and Justice Policy Research Program, said that the curriculum this semester will reflect national conversations about race and law enforcement. Several courses have added new sections on issues of racism and outcomes in the justice system.
Monday, August 24th, 2020
The University of Iowa’s National Advanced Driving Simulator was awarded a $7 million grant in September 2019 to research the safe integration of automated driving systems. UI’s program was chosen as one of eight projects across the country that gathers data and insights about self-driving technologies and how to safely bring them to streets and highways. The U.S. Department of Transportation, which awarded the grant, received 73 project proposals for funding.
Thursday, July 30th, 2020
Nicholas Bowman, senior research fellow in the Social and Education Policy Research Program, has been selected as the new Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education in the UI College of Education. He will begin the position Aug. 19.
Wednesday, July 29th, 2020
Fred Boehmke, director of the Iowa Social Science Research Center, and senior research fellow in residence in the Politics and Policy Research Program, received a RAPID grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his project entitled, “The Diffusion of State Policy Responses to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.” The $37,528 grant will provide support through April 2021 to study the topic.
Friday, July 10th, 2020
Fred Boehmke was named a co-recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Mentoring Award by the Society for Political Methodology.
Thursday, July 2nd, 2020
Mark Berg was awarded an NSF grant for his project, “Resiliency and Vulnerability to COVID-19 in Rural Communities: Health and Socioeconomic Well-Being in the Context of Ethnic Diversity.”
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020
Megan Ronnenberg, a doctoral student in Social Work, will work on her project, Childcare Hardship in Iowa, as a summer scholar. Childcare hardship occurs when a caregiver's choice of childcare is constrained by cost or availability in their community. The goal of Ronnenberg's project is to describe the prevalence of childcare hardship in Iowa, identify groups at higher risk, and to create and disseminate a policy brief and journal article on her results.