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Thursday, July 13 2017

Sarah Nusser at Washington, D.C. science roundtable

Nusser joins other top university research officers to discuss the state of science

Iowa State University Vice President for Research Sarah Nusser joined other top higher education leaders in Washington, D.C., July 12 to discuss with national media the state of science and continued federal investment in research. The event, held at the National Press Club, was organized by the Association of American Universities and The Science Coalition.

trials of arabidopsis plants

Iowa State University plant scientists explore the balance between plant growth and drought response in latest publication

Iowa State University scientists are untangling the complex genetic mechanisms that control growth and stress response in plants. A recently published paper from the researchers identifies a group of proteins that may be of interest to plant breeders eager for crop varieties that will withstand dry conditions.

Katherine Rafferty standing near nurses station at Theilen Student Health Center

Care for chronically ill children may suffer when parents and doctors are at odds

Parents are often thrust into the role of advocate when their child is diagnosed with a chronic illness, but see it as their responsibility to ensure their child gets the best care. An Iowa State University researcher examines the challenges parents face communicating with their child's medical team. Katherine Rafferty says if those lines of communication breakdown, the child’s quality of care is likely to suffer.

Engineers win Energy Department grants to help develop a reliable, resilient power grid

Two Iowa State University electrical engineers have won Department of Energy grants to help improve the country's power grid. One project will develop real-time monitoring and modeling of modern power grids, including renewable energy sources, for better system control and reliability. The other project will address the challenges of adding high levels of intermittent power sources to the grid, mainly wind and solar power.

James McCalley describes his grid research during a project meeting.

Researchers study links across U.S. grids to move renewable energy and share capacity

With today’s production of wind energy in the prairie states and solar energy in the desert states, Iowa State University's James McCalley said there’s strong economic motivation to move power to and from the country's primary power grids. McCalley and his research team are working with researchers from national laboratories and the utility industry to study ways to tie the big eastern and western grids together.

Lab swims in pool for aquatic therapy

Post-surgery rehabilitation has gone to the dogs at ISU animal hospital

The canine rehabilitation center at Iowa State University offers cutting-edge equipment and expertise to help dogs recover from injury and surgery.

Amie Zarling on campus

New intervention program reduces domestic violence recidivism rates, Iowa State study finds

Most states mandate that domestic violence offenders complete some type of batterer intervention program, but the success rates are often quite low. That is why the results of a new method developed by an Iowa State University professor are so promising.