Wednesday, January 6 2021
COVID-19 model compares effectiveness of vaccine and mitigation strategies
Predicting the spread of COVID-19 using standard statistical models has its challenges, which is why two Iowa State University researchers developed a network-based approach to look at the impact of specific policies and vaccination strategies throughout the many stages of the pandemic.
President Wintersteen statement on Cyclone football season
President Wintersteen congratulates Coach Campbell and the Cyclone football team for a remarkable season and tremendous Fiesta Bowl victory.
Researchers measure, model desalination membranes to maximize flow, clean more water
Researchers -- including engineers from Iowa State University -- have used transmission electron microscopy and 3D computational modeling to quantify and visualize why some desalination membranes work better than others. Their work is featured on the cover of the Jan. 1, 2021, issue of the journal Science.
2020 Year in Review
The COVID-19 pandemic certainly dominated the headlines this year, but looking back on 2020 there are several good stories and accomplishments to share.
New curriculum guides communities on engaging with youth
An Iowa State University project to involve Des Moines youth in discussions of what their communities need has turned into an easy-to-use curriculum for communities anywhere to implement. The Design Dialogues curriculum is now available for free and for all through ISU Extension and Outreach.
ISU experts available to answer questions about vaccine safety, history, resistance
The Food and Drug Administration granted emergency use authorization for the first of several COVID-19 vaccines seeking its approval. As distribution begins, Iowa State University experts are available to comment on the safety of the vaccine, the history of such rollouts and the reason some people may refuse to get vaccinated.
Report: U.S. trails other countries in building macro grids for moving, sharing electricity
Countries around the world are way ahead of the United States in building "macro grids" capable of moving electricity across grids or regions, according to a new report by an Iowa State engineer and a former doctoral student. The major benefits of macro grids include cost-reductions, economic development, improved reliability, enhanced adaptability, higher use of renewable energy such as wind power and lower costs for reducing emissions.
COVID-19 weekly snapshot
The following information is a supplement to the university's COVID-19 Public Health Data weekly updates. It is intended to provide a brief snapshot of the data and trends identified by Iowa State's public health team.