• 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:

  • Research in Brief: Health Care Access Pre- and Post-COVID

    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.

  • Student Spotlight: Jocelyn Roof

    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.

  • Criminology Curriculum Shifts to Address Racial Injustice

    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.

  • NADS Awarded Grant to Study Automated Driving in Rural Areas

    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. 

  • Bowman Appointed Endowed Chair in College of Education

    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.

  • Boehmke Receives National Science Foundation RAPID Grant

    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.

  • Boehmke Receives Excellence in Mentoring Award

    Friday, July 10th, 2020

    Fred Boehmke was named a co-recipient of the 2020 Excellence in Mentoring Award by the Society for Political Methodology.

  • Berg Awarded RAPID grant from National Science Foundation

    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.” 

  • Ronnenberg to Study Prevalence of Childcare Hardship in Iowa

    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.