UNI public health professor Michelle Devlin

UNI public health professors help fight COVID-19

The impact UNI professors make isn’t just in the classroom, but also in the field. For several UNI public health professors, that has meant traveling to COVID-19 hotspots across the country, working to help keep some of the most vulnerable communities safe.
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How one UNI professor is helping guide pandemic ethics

Normally, Francis Degnin’s bioethics class would be spending the spring semester discussing hypothetical questions of ethics in the medical field. Instead, they’ve now found themselves discussing real life issues facing doctors and nurses around the globe, as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeps through nations and overwhelms health care systems. Degnin, an associate professor in the UNI Department of Philosophy and World Religions, is uniquely positioned to help in this scenario.
UNI professor Francis Degnin.

As pandemic intensifies, UNI professor helps guide healthcare ethics

The rapid global spread of COVID-19 has forced some health care providers to make gut-wrenching choices. In Italy, doctors had to decide which terminally-ill patients received ventilators. And in New York, there have been reports of patients unable to get lifesaving treatments.  
Phil Zuhlke Technology & Engineering Education Major and a student worker for Panther Products assembles face shields to donate

UNI helps coordinate local PPE production

With Cedar Valley hospitals, health clinics and nursing homes still in critical need of personal protective equipment, the University of Northern Iowa continues to be part of the supply effort. 
UNI graduate student Paige Mathews works in the athletic training area in the Human Performance Center.

With state's first master's degree program, UNI athletic training makes big impact

Paige Mathews always knew she wanted to help others. She was pursuing a nursing degree when she unexpectedly discovered her true calling while taking a prerequisite athletic training class. “I went in and I thought, ‘I’m just gonna’ go and tape some ankles and watch people on the sidelines. It’s gonna’ be so boring,’” said Mathews, now in her second year of graduate studies in UNI’s athletic training program. “Now, I’m still surprised every day of what athletic trainers can do.”
UNI leads groundbreaking study on yoga, Tai Chi as trauma therapy.

UNI leads groundbreaking study on yoga, Tai Chi as trauma therapy

Karen Mitchell had just experienced a series of unthinkable tragedies —  including the death of her partner of almost 20 years — and felt herself in a fugue state. Then she tried an increasingly popular form of yoga developed to help people recover from trauma. The class helped her start a path towards healing. “I think it has a lot to do with listening to your body. Your body will tell you the truth,” she said. 
UNI is providing equipment for hospitals to response to the coronavirus epidemic.

UNI helps manufacture Cedar Valley's pandemic response

Facing a dire shortage of protective gear for healthcare workers, hospitals in Iowa and across the country have turned to their communities for assistance. In the Cedar Valley, the University of Northern Iowa is helping answer that call. 
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UNI experts answer your coronavirus questions

We’re living in unprecedented times and, as our lifestyles drastically alter to slow the spread of coronavirus, we all have questions on how to adapt. In this feature, we’ll turn to UNI experts for jargon-free answers. Have a question you’d like to see answered? Please email us at How do I tell if I have a cold/flu vs coronavirus? Do only older people get sick?