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Tuesday, June 16 2020

  • Chemists developing paper-strip urine test for at-home/office/clinic COVID-19 evaluation

    Robbyn Anand and her students are developing a paper-strip urine test to detect the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The tests are based on Anand's expertise in electrokinetics, using electric fields to concentrate, separate, isolate and manipulate charged particles. A grant from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement is supporting the project.

     

  • Engineers work to keep power lines and bridge cables steady when windstorms blow

    Iowa State engineers are doing wind-tunnel tests and computer simulations to understand and predict how the cables that carry power or support bridges will react to high winds. The goal is to prevent them from dangerously whirling in the wind, causing cables or structures to catastrophically fail.

  • Fall semester will start early at Iowa State

    Iowa State University’s fall semester will start a week early and wrap up the day before Thanksgiving. In a letter today to the campus community, President Wendy Wintersteen announced several initiatives including changes to the academic calendar as well as plans for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, class size and delivery and occupancy rates for the residence halls to limit the spread of illness on campus.

  • Link between liver and heart disease could lead to new therapeutics

    A newly published study of flies found that protecting liver function also preserves heart health. The research could lead to new therapeutic approaches in human health and illuminate the role of understudied organelles known as peroxisomes. 

  • Artist’s illustrations create ‘visual headlines’ about pandemic

    Miriam Martincic, assistant teaching professor of graphic design at Iowa State University, is creating a series of illustrations about the COVID-19 pandemic. Her work includes drawings about social distancing, honoring health care workers and showing how the transition online feels for teachers.

  • Progress toward gender balance, but more work needed

    Cities and counties across the state continue to work toward achieving gender balance on commissions and boards, according to a new report from the Catt Center for Women and Politics. While the report shows progress at both levels, Iowa State's Kelly Winfrey says there is still work to be done.

  • Iowa State makes list of top 100 universities for U.S. patents issued in 2019

    The Iowa State University Research Foundation, Inc., which processes and holds patents tied to Iowa State research, has made the annual list of top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. patents during a calendar year for the fifth time since 2013, when the rankings began.

  • 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.