University of Iowa News

Why Having Cell Phone Conversations While Driving Is Risky

It’s generally acknowledged that talking on a cell phone impedes driving ability. But new research from the University of Iowa is showing how even a simple conversation can affect the brain’s ability to focus on the roadway. UI researchers used …

University of Iowa to Settle Sports Bias Lawsuits for $6.5M

The University of Iowa will pay $6.5 million to settle high-profile discrimination lawsuits filed by former athletic administrator Jane Meyer and her partner, former women’s field hockey coach Tracey Griesbaum, according to settlements released on May 19. Iowa will pay …

University of Iowa Cites Copyright Law to Block Flood Video Use

University of Iowa is citing a copyright law to block the use of the university’s footage of a 2008 flood for an upcoming documentary. Doug Krejci, who is trying to gather materials for a documentary about eastern Iowa during the …

A Guide to New Car Safety Technologies

With automakers offering an increasing array of safety technologies, drivers sometimes find themselves struggling to stay up to speed with the systems in their cars. Some of the devices have been around a decade or more but have only become …

Court: Iowa Universities Can’t Be Sued for Unpaid Insurance Fees

Iowa’s three public universities cannot be sued for allegedly refusing to pay their share into a state program that subsidizes insurance for Iowa residents who have health risks, the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled. The program, known as the …

FEMA Won’t Require Additional Flood Insurance for U. of Iowa

The University of Iowa says the Federal Emergency Management Agency will not require the school to purchase additional flood insurance after all. UI vice president of finance and operations Doug True said the news “is a very big deal and …

Insurance Chief Asks FEMA to Waive Flood Coverage Rule for U Iowa

Iowa’s top insurance regulator is backing the University of Iowa in a dispute with the federal government over how much insurance the campus must carry after rebuilding from the 2008 flood. Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart has asked the Federal Emergency …

Accounting Method May Expose Firms to Shareholder Suits: Study

Disgruntled shareholders are more likely to sue firms that use principles-based accounting standards instead of rules-based standards, according to a recent study by a University of Iowa accounting researcher. The study by Richard Mergenthaler, assistant professor of accounting in the …

FEMA to Help Replace University of Iowa Buildings

After months of lobbying and pressure from Iowa’s governor, congressional delegation and others, the federal government said the University of Iowa will get nearly $84 million to replace a flood damaged auditorium and arts and music facilities. The Federal Emergency …

Duplicate Regulation Drives Up Commercial Premiums, Says Iowa Researcher

Buyers of commercial liability insurance pay as much as 31 percent more in insurer compliance costs if their insurance company has to comply with regulations from multiple states instead of just a single regulator, according to new research by a …