Research Centers

CLAS Research Centers

Roy J. Carver Center for Genomics, Department of Biology — Our mission is to promote the understanding of molecular, cellular, and population level processes through the integrated analysis of genes and genomes, expression proviles, and functional and structural cellular properties.

Center for Criminology and Socio-legal Studies, Department of Sociology — Interdisciplinary forum for research and training in the areas of crime, law, mental health, corrections, and social control.

Center for Ethnic Sudies and the Arts, Department of American Studies — The first research center in the nation to focus solely on creative expression as an important cultural component of ethnic communities and their heritage. Studying the distinctive yet synthetic relationships among minority communities and the arts, the Center for Ethnic Studies and the Arts supports both those who specialize in individual ethnic studies areas and those who wish to learn more about how cultural diversity defines and enriches the arts.

Center for New Music, School of Music — Functions as a laboratory and performance extension of the School’s composition area and as a repertory ensemble for the creation and presentation of new music. The Center for New Music, a performance organization devoted to the late 20th- and early 21st-century repertoire, is the focus of contemporary composition and performance at The University of Iowa. The Center, like the internationally renowned Writers' Workshop, embodies the institution's commitment to the vital role of the creative arts at the frontiers of human experience.

Center for the Study of Group Processes, Department of Sociology — Promotes theory-based, scientific research on group processes.

Child Language Research Center, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders — Sponsors collaborative research in the causes and outcomes of developmental speech and language disorders.

Institute for Cinema and Culture, Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature — Sponsors major film retrospectives, proseminars, and national film conferences on a broad spectrum of film matters. Serves as a bank of information on film and film materials for faculty and students.

DELTA Center, Department of Psychology — Brings together researchers who seek to understand processes that underlie development and learning from neurons to neighborhoods, acknowledging that the brain, mind, body, physical environment, social relationships, and large-scale social systems are all intertwined.

Iowa Depression and Clinical Research Center, Department of Psychology — In collaboration with researchers in the Department of Psychiatry, develops mechanisms for assessing and treating depression in pregnant and post-partum women and examines the long-term outcomes for mothers and their children.

National Resource Center on Family Centered Practice, School of Social Work — Promotes family-centered, culturally responsive practice across human service systems through research.

Disproportionate Minority Confinement Research Center — Assists the State of Iowa’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Council in implementing the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act’s Disproportionate Minority Confinement requirement.

Latino Institute — Provides opportunities for education and training, research and evaluation, and information dissemination, both nationally and internationally, related to Latina/Latino families and communities.

National Center for Voice and Speech, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology — An interdisciplinary, multi-site team of investigators dedicated to studying the powers, limitations, and enhancement of human voice and speech.

Optical Science and Technology Center — Promotes research efforts and fosters cross-disciplinary interactions in areas of basic and applied optical science.

W. M. Keck Dynamic Image Analysis Facility, Department of Biology — Provides the most advanced two- and three-dimensional dynamic image analysis systems for examining, analyzing, and reconstructing the dynamics of organisms, tissues, cells, and subcellular compartments.

Research Centers in the Office of International Programs

International programs and centers include Center for Asian and Pacific Studies; Center for Human Rights; Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Confucius Institute; and Institute for Cinema and Culture.

Other Centers with CLAS Engagement

Iowa Social Science Research Center — Within the Public Policy Center, the ISSRC is a resource for interdisciplinary social science research on The University of Iowa campus.

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute — An interdisciplinary center involving faculty in CLAS, Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, and Public Health, focused on issues related to applications and implications of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing — Fosters education and training, research and scholarship, and wide-ranging technology transfer activities involving biocatalysis and bioprocessing.

Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research — Promotes interdisciplinary research efforts that focus on the multiple aspects of global and environmental change.

Obermann Center