In January 2016, the Office of Research and Economic Development launched a Dare to Discover campaign showcasing researchers, scholars, and creators from across the University of Iowa, including a series of banners throughout downtown Iowa City. Here you can learn the stories behind the personal faces of discovery and creativity.

Ali Al-Jumaili

Ali Al-Jumaili

Enhances medication safety

Ph.D. student, Pharmaceutical Socioeconomics

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Rawa Alammari

Rawa Alammari

Preserves teeth

Ph.D. student, Oral Science

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DaVida Anderson

DaVida Anderson

Advocates for diverse perspectives

Ph.D. candidate, Higher Education and Student Affairs

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Noah Anderson

Noah Anderson

Analyzes Greek texts

Undergraduate student, Computer Science, Classical Languages

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Preston Anderson

Preston Anderson

Helps patients breathe easier

Undergraduate student, Biochemistry, Human Physiology Majors

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Ashley Arkfeld

Ashley Arkfeld

Optimizes scholarship allocations

Undergraduate student, Business Analytics and Information Systems, Marketing

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Maeve Bittle

Maeve Bittle

Samples Iowa's air quality

Undergraduate student, Environmental Engineering

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Morgan Bobb

Morgan Bobb

Tracks childhood trauma care

MD/Ph.D. student, Epidemiology

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Dana Boesen

Dana Boesen

Measures indoor air toxins

Undergraduate student, Mechanical Engineering

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Brandon Butcher

Brandon Butcher

Tells stories with data

Ph.D. student, Biostatistics

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Liam Crawford

Liam Crawford

Builds learning apps for kids

Undergraduate student, Computer Science, Philosophy

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Emily Malcolm Cushing

Emily Malcolm Cushing

Investigates fat metabolism

Ph.D. student, Biochemistry

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Anh-Vu Do

Anh-Vu Do

Engineers tissue

Ph.D. student, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Lucas Bon Durant

Lucas Bon Durant

Seeks new treatments for diabetes

Ph.D. student, Molecular Medicine

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Kareem Ebeid

Kareem Ebeid

Targets endometrial cancer

Ph.D. student, Pharmaceutics

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Sara El-Hattab

Sara El-Hattab

Fights muscular dystrophy

Undergraduate student, Chemical Engineering

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Sadie Elliott

Sadie Elliott

Explores Jupiter's aurora

Ph.D. student, Physics and Astronomy Ph.D.

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Eric Emmons

Eric Emmons

Studies cognitive dysfunction

Ph.D. student, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

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Shehroze Farooqi

Shehroze Farooqi

Battles cybercrime

Ph.D. student, Computer Science

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Kayla Faust

Kayla Faust

Promotes farm safety

Ph.D. student, Occupational and Environmental Health

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Will Fuelberth

Will Fuelberth

Builds small satellites

Undergraduate student, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics

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Yun Garrison

Yun Garrison

Uncovers barriers to success

Ph.D. student, Counseling Psychology

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Sarah Gerard

Sarah Gerard

Images lung cancer

Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering

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Callie Ginapp

Callie Ginapp

Investigates causes of SIDS

Undergraduate student, Neurobiology

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Brittany Givens

Brittany Givens

Edits cancer DNA

Ph.D. student, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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Alejandra Gonzalez

Alejandra Gonzalez

Examines health disparities

Ph.D. student, Nursing

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Carla Gonzalez

Carla Gonzalez

Enriches latina/o education

Ph.D. student, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

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Jessica Gregson

Jessica Gregson

Exposes how we fight the flu

Ph.D. student, Microbiology

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Hannah Gulick

Hannah Gulick

Builds instruments for space

Undergraduate student, Physics and Astronomy, English and Creative Writing

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Alyssa Hahn

Alyssa Hahn

Finds genetic causes of disease

Ph.D. student, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics

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Nima Hamidi

Nima Hamidi

Uses computation to understand music

Graduate student, Computer Science

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Lance Heady

Lance Heady

Investigates neurological treatments

Undergraduate student, Biochemistry, Neurobiology

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Sharon Idiga

Sharon Idiga

Combats sugar cravings

Ph.D. student, Molecular Medicine

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Jacob Isbell

Jacob Isbell

Observes galactic collisions

Undergraduate student, Physics and Astronomy

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Behnoush Khorsand

Behnoush Khorsand

Heals broken bones

Ph.D. student, Pharmaceutical Science and Translational Therapeutics

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Anya Kim

Anya Kim

Protects cells during stroke

Undergraduate student, Biology, Spanish

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Kyle Kinney

Kyle Kinney

Seeks to stop staph

Ph.D. student, Microbiology

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Emily Kroska

Emily Kroska

Enhances psychological care

Ph.D. student, Clinical Psychology

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Stephen Kruse

Stephen Kruse

Seeks to understand epilepsy

Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering

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Erin Lane

Erin Lane

Empowers school counselors

Ph.D. student, Counselor Education and Supervision

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Yunyi Li

Yunyi Li

Uses data to predict crime

Undergraduate student, Business Analytics

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Brandon MacDougall

Brandon MacDougall

Promotes urban biodiversity

Ph.D. student, Geographical and Sustainability Sciences

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Rey Franqui Machin

Rey Franqui Machin

Examines drug-resistant cancers

Ph.D. student, Molecular Medicine

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Sophia Mallaro

Sophia Mallaro

Innovates in virtual reality

Undergraduate student, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Mikaela Mallin

Mikaela Mallin

Studies melanoma and movement

Undergraduate student, Biomedical Science, Dance

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Kirstin Manges

Kirstin Manges

Keeps patients safe

Ph.D. student, Nursing

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Caitlin Marley

Caitlin Marley

Brings Latin into the 21st Century

Ph.D. student, Classics

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Russell M Martin

Russell M Martin

Analyzes potential seizure meds

Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering

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Dustin May

Dustin May

Tests Iowa's drinking water

Ph.D. student, Human Toxicology

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Allison Momany

Allison Momany

Examines prenatal risk factors

Ph.D. student, Clinical Psychology

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Jorge Moreno

Jorge Moreno

Explores how species survive

Undergraduate student, Biology

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Angela Olvera

Angela Olvera

Analyzes mitochondrial stress

Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering

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Chioma Onuigbo

Chioma Onuigbo

Explores alcohol-behavior links

Undergraduate student, Psychology, Health and Human Physiology

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Lalita Oonthonpan

Lalita Oonthonpan

Studies cell health

Ph.D. student, Biochemistry

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Katherine Perschbacher

Katherine Perschbacher

Prevents preeclampsia

Ph.D. student, Molecular Medicine

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Rachel Schroeder

Rachel Schroeder

Examines prenatal stress

Ph.D. student, Neuroscience

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Yusuf Sermet

Yusuf Sermet

Deploys artificial intelligence

Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Clarissa Shaw

Clarissa Shaw

Improves elder care

Ph.D. student, Nursing

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Ernane Souza

Ernane Souza

Develops new anticoagulants

Ph.D. student, Medicinal Chemistry

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Jennifer Sukalski

Jennifer Sukalski

Identifies barriers to dental care

Ph.D. student, Oral Sciences

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Frida Teran

Frida Teran

Evaluates dietary therapies

Ph.D. student, Medical Scientist Training Program, Neuroscience

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Winnie Uluocha

Winnie Uluocha

Explores implicit bias

Dual program student: J.D. and Masters of Health Administration

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Kody Waldstein

Kody Waldstein

Links viruses with inflammation

Ph.D. student, Immunology

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Kari Weaver

Kari Weaver

Examines privilege

Ph.D. student, Higher Education and Student Affairs

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Jeremy Williams

Jeremy Williams

Serves student veterans

Ph.D. student, Higher Education and Student Affairs

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