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Thursday, January 21 2021

  • Collaboration with Homeland Security focuses on detecting biothreats

    Researchers at Iowa State University are developing a portable sensor platform capable of detecting numerous biothreats, such as the coronavirus and other toxic agents. The research team has entered a collaborative agreement with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security worth as much as $2.5 million over five years to develop the technology, which would be a far more portable and flexible method for detecting biothreats than most current techniques.

  • By the numbers: Campus efforts to manage the pandemic

    COVID-19 data from the fall semester tell a story of the tremendous effort to manage the pandemic on campus. Iowa State University’s public health team and several employee volunteers provided testing, case management and contact tracing to help limit the spread of infection. The university’s emergency operations team supported these efforts in many ways.

  • Light-controlled Higgs modes found in superconductors; potential sensor, computing uses

    Iowa State's Jigang Wang and a team of researchers have discovered a short-lived form of the famous Higgs boson -- subject of a groundbreaking search at the Large Hadron Collider -- within an iron-based superconductor. This Higgs mode can be accessed and controlled by laser light flashing on the superconductor at trillions of pulses per second.

  • Online celebrations will honor MLK Jr. in January, February

    Iowa State University and the Ames community will continue annual celebrations of the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. through virtual events in January and February.

  • Iowans advise NASA on which satellites should stay in orbit

    Iowans are helping to shape the future of NASA’s satellite missions. Faculty from Iowa State and Iowa were among 13 scientists selected to serve on a congressionally mandated panel to advise NASA on which satellite missions should continue and which should be grounded.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.