In January 2016, the Office of the Vice President for Research 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.

Tim Acri

Tim Acri

Regenerates bone

Ph.D. student, Pharmacy, Translational Therapeutics

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Leah Barshinger

Leah Barshinger

Protects kids' teeth

Doctor of Dental Surgery student

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Hannah Campbell

Hannah Campbell

Prevents cell death

Ph.D. student, Biochemistry

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Maggie Carolan

Maggie Carolan

Purifies drinking water

Ph.D. student, Sustainable Water Development

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Kristen Chmielewski

Kristen Chmielewski

Explores disability history

Ph.D. student, Schools, Culture and Society Program

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Jesse Cochran

Jesse Cochran

Prevents heart failure

Undergraduate student, Biology, Chemistry, and Biochemistry

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Logan Drake

Logan Drake

Improves school experiences

Undergraduate student, Economics, Philosophy, and Ethics and Public Policy

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Alejandra Escoto

Alejandra Escoto

Examines Latinx health

Graduate student, Community and Behavioral Health

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Gwyneth Forsythe

Gwyneth Forsythe

Uncovers untold stories

Undergraduate student, Theatre Arts, History

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Humberto González

Humberto González

Engineers clean water

Master’s student, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Amina Grant

Amina Grant

Investigates lead levels

Ph.D. student, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Alexis Hansen

Alexis Hansen

Examines airway pathogens

Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering

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Donté Hayes

Donté Hayes

Interprets tradition and symbology

M.F.A student, Dimensional Practice in Ceramics

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Isaac Jensen

Isaac Jensen

Tracks natural killer cells

Ph.D. student, Immunology

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Jordan Kohlmeyer

Jordan Kohlmeyer

Fights cancer

Ph.D. student, Molecular Medicine

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Melissa Lauer

Melissa Lauer

Writes about lost legacies

Undergraduate student, English and Creative Writing, Studio Art

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Xinyi Li

Xinyi Li

Tracks urban traffic

Undergraduate student, Business Analytics and Information Systems, Finance

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Charles Martin-Stanley II

Charles Martin-Stanley II

Exposes racial barriers

Ph.D. student, Higher Education and Student Affairs Program

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Erin Mobley

Erin Mobley

Evaluates access to cancer care

Ph.D. student, Health Services and Policy

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Lynn Nakad

Lynn Nakad

Uses virtual reality for pain

Ph.D. student, Nursing

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Marco Nino

Marco Nino

Analyzes the brain

Undergraduate student, Biomedical Engineering

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Hyungrae Noh

Hyungrae Noh

Detects consciousness

Ph.D. student, Philosophy

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Elijah Olivas

Elijah Olivas

Strengthens health systems

Graduate student, Community and Behavioral Health

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Marie Ozanne

Marie Ozanne

Analyzes tropical disease

Ph.D. student, Biostatistics

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James Park

James Park

Investigates our genome

Doctor of Dental Surgery student

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Isabella Penniston

Isabella Penniston

Evaluates telehealth

Undergraduate student, Nursing

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Ojas Pradhan

Ojas Pradhan

Designs lung therapies

Undergraduate student, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science

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Guowei Qi

Guowei Qi

Simulates genetic mutations

Undergraduate student, Biochemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science

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Juliana Quarterman

Juliana Quarterman

Improves bone implants

Ph.D. student, Pharmaceutics

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Bryan Range

Bryan Range

Studies mass trauma

Ph.D. student, Couple and Family Therapy

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Michael Redmond

Michael Redmond

Predicts flight delays

Ph.D. student, Management Sciences

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Sara Reed

Sara Reed

Explores autonomous deliveries

Ph.D. student, Applied Mathematical and Computational Sciences

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Ryan Reis

Ryan Reis

Disrupts tumor growth

Undergraduate student, Biomedical Sciences

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Grace Ryan

Grace Ryan

Increases vaccinations

Ph.D. student, Community and Behavioral Health

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Amir Asgharzadeh Shishavan

Amir Asgharzadeh Shishavan

Advances solar power

Ph.D. student, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Tori Troesch

Tori Troesch

Surveys clubfoot treatments

M.D. Student

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Nora Tucker

Nora Tucker

Studies child development

Undergraduate student, Psychology

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Johanna Uthoff

Johanna Uthoff

Uses A.I. to assess cancer

Ph.D. student, Biomedical Engineering

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Brittany Williams

Brittany Williams

Examines vision

Ph.D. student, Neuroscience

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Arthur Wold

Arthur Wold

Excavates Iowa's history

Undergraduate student, Anthropology, Math

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Enes Yıldırım

Enes Yıldırım

Aids disaster recovery

Ph.D. student, Hydraulics and Water Resources

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Kelly Yom

Kelly Yom

Enhances surgery prep

M.D. Student

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