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Saturday, August 18 2018

  • Iowa State University scientist helps to develop rice plants to neutralize HIV transmission

    An international research group, which included an ISU scientist, has proven that three proteins that can help prevent the spread of HIV can be expressed in rice plants. Using plants as a production platform could provide a cost-effective means of producing prophylactics, particularly in the developing world.

  • Breaking down the barriers of human-computer communication

    Many of us regularly ask our smartphones for directions or to play music without giving much thought to the technology that makes it all possible – we just want a quick, accurate response to our voice commands. With more businesses using artificial intelligence to engage with consumers, the industry is working to make those interactions more human-like. An Iowa State researcher is contributing to that effort by improving how machines, such as smartphones and computers, understand and generate language.

  • Biomedical scientist receives Department of Defense grant to study how metal exposure affects Parkinson’s symptoms

    ISU biomedical scientists are examining how exposure to the metals manganese and vanadium may contribute to Parkinson’s disease. The research was supported recently by a nearly $1 million grant from the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity.

  • Seismologist works to determine the limit of ground accelerations during earthquakes

    Iowa State's Igor Beresnev has worked summers and weekends to find the answer to a very old question in seismology. Yes, he says, there is a limit to ground accelerations during an earthquake.

  • Startup businesses find success, plan for future after CYstarters

    CYstarters may have ended, but the work continues for the 15 startup businesses founded by Iowa State University students and recent alumni.

  • Hydration strategy key as high school athletes begin practice

    The first week of high school sports practices is a particularly vulnerable time for athletes, says an Iowa State University assistant professor of kinesiology. James Lang studies how environmental stresses, such as heat, affect how our bodies regulate internal temperature. Lang says being proactive about hydration, rather than reactive, is important to keep athletes safe.

  • Grooms named dean of Iowa State veterinary college

    Dan Grooms, professor and chair of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Michigan State University, has been appointed the next Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University. Grooms is an expert in bovine infectious diseases. He joined Michigan State in 1997 and was promoted to his current position in 2014. He will begin at Iowa State on October 1.

  • University exhibit encourages Iowans to ‘think outside the square’ at Iowa State Fair

    University Marketing partnered with the College of Design for Iowa State’s fair exhibit in the Varied Industries Building: “Think Outside the Square: Design That’s Shaping Iowa’s Future.” The massive pavilion created by design students, faculty and staff features 3,200 3D-printed joints, 400 cardinal and gold LED lights and 400 mirrors.

  • 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.