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University of Iowa Foundation News Release


March 1, 2011

Carver Trust grants will advance UI student and faculty research

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, of Muscatine, Iowa, recently awarded two grants to the University of Iowa that will advance student and faculty research efforts.

The grants, totaling $223,500, were made through the UI Foundation.

The UI Department of Chemistry was awarded $198,500 toward purchase of a high-resolution, high-sensitivity X-ray Diffractometer, which will enhance research efforts of graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of environmental, biomedical and materials chemistry.

"The capabilities of this new instrument will enable highly sensitive atomic structure determinations for a wide range of sample types," says Mark Arnold, Edwin B. Green professor in laser chemistry and chair of the Department of Chemistry, which is in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. "We are very excited about the ability to better understand chemical structure at the atomic level for a multitude of scientific questions."

The UI Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitative Science received a $25,000 award for a study of whole body heat stress in humans. Richard K. Shields, PT, Ph.D., professor and head of physical therapy and rehabilitation science, and his team are studying the benefits of exercise as related to increased body temperature. The research team developed a novel method to induce various doses of heat stress and measure changes at the molecular, cellular and cognitive level in humans.

"This gift from the Carver Charitable Trust will allow us to explore whether positive responses to heat stress are predictable through certain genetic predispositions," Shields notes. "The long-term goal of this project is to establish a feasible intervention for individuals who are unable to sustain regular exercise due to injury, disease or obesity."

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust is the largest private philanthropic foundation in the state of Iowa. It was created through the will of Roy J. Carver, a Muscatine industrialist and philanthropist, who died in 1981.

The UI acknowledges the UI Foundation as the preferred channel for private contributions that benefit all areas of the university. For more information about the UI Foundation, visit its website at

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, Iowa 52244-4550

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