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Wednesday, July 26 2017

The importance of business succession for rural communities

The vitality of rural economies depends as much on maintaining existing small businesses as attracting new ones, said Iowa State University economic and small business experts. Even though resources are available to assist with business succession, several factors can complicate plans to sell or pass on the business to an heir.

miscanthus harvest

Iowa State named a partner in new Department of Energy bioenergy research center

Iowa State is a partner institution in a new, $104 million research center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Led by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the project will study the next generation of plant-based, sustainable, cost-effective biofuels and bioproducts.

Winning support for Iowa State research, discoveries

Manimaran Govindarasu, left, and Doug Jacobson have won grants to develop cyber security tools that can help protect the power grid.

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.

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.