Tuesday, July 31 2018
Iowa State University scientists examine perennial grass as an option for flood-prone land
Iowa State University researchers have received a grant to study how well the perennial grass miscanthus performs in low-lying areas of agricultural fields that are prone to flooding. The research has the potential to identify more efficient uses of such land while also providing environmental benefits.
CYstarters program wraps up, but relationships and work continue
After an intense 10 weeks, members of the 2018 CYstarters cohort are ready to show off their progress. While the summer accelerator is coming to an end, the work will continue for many of the startups.
Iowa State University researchers experiment with integrating chickens into vegetable production
ISU researchers are exploring how the integration of chickens into vegetable crop rotations may spark environmental and economic benefits for growers. The research involves experiments at the ISU Horticulture Research Station.
Iowa State University will lead new, national institute to fight antimicrobial resistance
Iowa State will lead a national institute to address a global public health concern. The new Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education builds upon an existing partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Iowa, Mayo Clinic and many other researchers, educators, clinicians and extension personnel. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges announced the institute, which stems from a recommendation by a joint AAVMC/APLU task force. The Institute for Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Education will be housed at Iowa State and funded by ISU and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Despite negative consequences, benevolent sexism helps in search for mate
Some women may like it when a man opens the door on a first date or offers to pay the bill at dinner, while others may find the gestures insulting. New research provides an alternative explanation as to why some women respond positively.
Joint Iowa, Iowa State research teams win seed grants to launch bioscience projects
The research offices at Iowa State University and the University of Iowa have awarded five seed grants to help researchers on the two campuses collaborate and build joint bioscience projects. This year's first round of grants will support development and studies of a skin-monitoring device, a molecular view of the immune system, magnetic stimulation of the brain to improve mental health, understanding the role of an Alzheimer's disease-related pathway on epilepsy and diagnostic tests and treatments to fight Lassa virus in Africa.
ISU lecturer incorporates three ecosystems into sculpture for Jester Park Nature Center
Reinaldo Correa, architecture lecturer, is constructing “Whispers of Nature,” a 12-foot-tall, tree-like sculpture for the new Jester Park Nature Center in Granger. Correa was inspired by the prairie, woodlands and wetlands within Jester Park combined with the new nature center’s mission of conservation, education and outdoor recreation.
Iowa State alumna finds startup success from CYstarters program
Megan Sweere is now working full-time on the startup business she founded two years ago as a senior at Iowa State. She says it never would have happened without CYstarters, a 10-week summer accelerator for student startups run out of the ISU Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship.
Iowa State study: air pollution negatively associated with U.S. national park visitation
Poor air quality may influence how many visitors travel to U.S. national parks, according to a new study. The researchers matched air pollution data to monthly park visitation statistics at 33 of the most heavily visited national parks and found that visitation responds most to ozone during months with poor air quality.
Iowa State attracts record in external funding for fourth year in a row
Iowa State University attracted a record $509.2 million in external funding for fiscal year 2018. That's a $5.6 million jump from the previous year's $503.6 million. The latest fiscal year's total includes $245.8 million to support research projects across campus.
CyBIZ Lab expands to offer graduate students industry experience
Many Iowa State University graduate students follow the path toward academia, but a number of students pursue careers in business and industry. That is why Iowa State’s CyBIZ Lab and Graduate College are expanding opportunities for graduate students to work on short-term projects with businesses and nonprofit organizations.
New Catt Center director appointed
Iowa State University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has named Karen M. Kedrowski as director of the Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics. Kedrowski will succeed Dianne Bystrom, who will retire in August after serving as the Catt Center’s director for 22 years.