Saturday, May 30 2020
New grant will help scientists advance human immune model in pigs
Scientists at Iowa State University are poised to take a significant step forward in human health by transferring a human immune system into pigs. The research was recently awarded a nearly $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop the technology over the next four years. The research could pave the way to new treatments for a wide range of health problems, from cancer to severe burns.
Patterns in crop data reveal new insight about plants and their environments
A new study unearthed patterns in datasets collected on rice plants across Asia that allowed researchers to develop a matrix to predict the traits of rice plants depending on their genetics and environment. The approach could lead to better predictability in crop production.
CARES Act, other funding sources help students complete spring semester
More than 7,000 Iowa State University students applied for assistance from the Office of Financial Aid due to hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The average grant is around $1,400.
Iowa State student, two alumni receive Fulbright awards
An Iowa State University student and two recent alumni have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2020-2021 academic year.
Iowa State faculty, staff work to help others as pandemic continues into summer
The spring semester at Iowa State University may be over, but work to help others during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t slowed down. Faculty and staff in the College of Design's model shop, the theatre department and Iowa 4-H are just a few of the many efforts currently underway.
Scientists use light to accelerate supercurrents, access forbidden light, quantum properties
Iowa State's Jigang Wang continues to explore using light waves to accelerate supercurrents to access the unique and potentially useful properties of the quantum world. His latest findings have just been published by the scientific journal Physical Review Letters.
Replacing time spent sitting with sleep or light activity may improve your mood
New research, published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that substituting prolonged sedentary time with sleep was associated with lower stress, better mood and lower body mass index (BMI), and substituting light physical activity was associated with improved mood and lower BMI across the next year.
Grant will help ISU scientists break new ground in gene editing
A new grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow Iowa State University scientists to continue to develop gene editing technologies to model human disease in zebrafish. The research aims to build new tools to determine which genes have therapeutic potential to treat human genetic diseases that affect the cardiovascular, immune and nervous systems.
Risk of gaming addiction increases for small, but significant number as teens become adults
Playing video games is not a problem for most teens, but those who develop symptoms of Gaming Disorder are more anxious, aggressive, depressed and shy, according to new research. The longitudinal study is one of the first to follow adolescents for an extended period of time to track changes in video game play and symptoms as they become young adults.
Supply chain challenges to remain as states start to reopen
An Iowa State supply chain expert expects to see some hiccups as states start to reopen and supply chains slowly rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. Scott Grawe says the uncertainty and unpredictability that led to shortages of toilet paper and cleaning supplies at the start of this pandemic will continue to disrupt supply chains.
ISU student is named Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholar, the first from Iowa
Nikita Kozak, senior in mechanical engineering from Waukee, is the first student from Iowa to be named a Stanford University Knight-Hennessy Scholar.
New analysis measures economic impact of Iowa industries
Agriculture and manufacturing are at the heart of Iowa’s economy, accounting for 38% of the state’s gross domestic product, according to a new economic analysis from Iowa State University. The report goes beyond traditional jobs and income data reported by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and measures all labor and supplies required to provide a commodity or service for export.
Engineers demonstrate next-generation solar cells can take the heat, maintain efficiency
Iowa State engineers have developed a next-generation solar cell that takes advantage of the promising elctro-optical properties of perovskite materials. They've made the materials much more stable at high temperatures and demonstrated a consistent, clean way to fabricate them into solar cells. Those could be important steps toward commercial production of new, low-cost, efficient, lightweight and flexible solar cells.
Altered final semester doesn’t stop graduating senior’s Cyclone spirit – or his dance moves
For someone as outgoing as Vincent Valeriano, the socially-distanced final semester of his adventure at Iowa State University has been difficult. The senior in marketing looks back fondly on his Cyclone experience, from showing prospective students around campus to mentoring fellow students to finding a love for swing dancing.
Finally a Cyclone: Student fulfills lifelong dream of earning BSN, graduating from Iowa State
This weekend, Dawn Hales will have achieved her twofold dream: She’ll be an Iowa State University alumna and she will finally have her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. At 63 years old, her formal education is finished, but she will “never stop learning.”
ISU student, previous ‘Voice’ contestant looks to future after graduation
EllieMae Millenkamp’s senior year at Iowa State University has been a whirlwind. It started with her singing on national TV. She returned to Iowa with a busy schedule of gigs, then the COVID-19 pandemic moved classes online and she went home to work on the dairy farm. Now, she’s looking toward graduation and her career.