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Monday, July 17 2017

  • Iowa State external funding breaks half-billion dollars

    Iowa State University broke another record in FY 2017, receiving $503.6 million in external funding. This is the fourth record year in a row for funding that includes grants, contracts, gifts and cooperative agreements from federal, state and local governments, as well as from corporations, nonprofits and other universities for research, academic support, scholarships and fellowships and more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New Iowa State degree to advance skills of nurses, improve patient care

    The Iowa Board of Regents has approved plans for a new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Iowa State University. The RN-BSN is a continuation program designed for registered nurses – those working in the field as well as recent graduates of approved nursing programs – who want to earn their bachelor’s degree. The program will begin in fall 2018.

  • Mosquitoes and ticks: Iowa State University entomologist urges summertime awareness

    An Iowa State University entomologist is encouraging Iowans to take precautions to protect themselves this summer from mosquitoes and ticks, which may carry serious illnesses such as West Nile.

  • Look inside your own pantry or fridge to find the top culprit of food waste

    Did you know you throw out about 20 pounds of food every month? Nearly 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. goes to waste. Iowa State University experts have tips for reducing waste at home, and look at how the food service industry is working to do the same.