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Friday, April 30 2021

  • Vision for ultra-precision agriculture includes machine-learning enabled sensing, modeling, robots tending crops

    Rather than tending fields by the hundreds of acres, farmers could one day tend each and every plant with the help of machine learning, robots and other technologies. A five-year, $7 million grant from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture will help researchers develop such a cyber-physical system. The project is led by researchers from Iowa State University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

  • Iowa State, city of Ames partner to reduce nutrient runoff, improve recreation

    A partnership with the city of Ames is giving Iowa State University students an opportunity to propose the redesign of an area of the city with the goals of reducing nutrient runoff and improving recreation.

  • Skroot Laboratory Inc. spins off from Iowa State research, helps labs make medicine

    Nigel Reuel and a team of his students have developed technology that helps laboratories use cell factories to produce cell- and protein-based therapies, industrial enzymes and small molecules. A startup -- Skroot Laboratory, Inc. -- is selling the technology from its incubator space in the Roy J. Carver Co-Lab on campus.

  • Iowa State students selected as Boren Fellows

    Two Iowa State University graduate students are winners of the Boren Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year.

  • Two Iowa State students earn Fulbright awards

    Two Iowa State University students have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2021-2022 academic year. They will study in Germany and Spain.

  • Change Agent: Jessica Ward

    Jessica Ward has danced on some big stages and studied wild lions in Botswana. She knew from an early age she wanted to be a veterinarian, and now she works to expand the use of ultrasound technology at the ISU College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • How do you plan a mass vaccination clinic? Iowa State students are working on it.

    Starting this week, Iowa State University’s COVID-19 vaccination plan ramps up as all adult students qualify and a mass vaccination clinic takes over State Gym’s three basketball courts. But it’s not as simple as setting up booths and having vaccines ready. That’s where industrial engineering students come in.

  • A new guide for communicating plant science

    A new publication offers a comprehensive guide to help plant scientists communicate their work to the world. An Iowa State University scientist who contributed to the multi-institutional effort says it’s critical that plant scientists emphasize outreach to make sure plant science is able to meet the demands of climate change and population growth.


  • Narratives can help science counter misinformation on vaccines

    As public health agencies ramp up efforts to educate people about the COVID-19 vaccines, narratives can be a powerful tool. In a paper published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ISU's Michael Dahlstrom examined how narratives or storytelling can help counter misinformation and provide a connection between science and the human experience. 

  • New research: Pandemic-related anxiety associated with women drinking more

    In a new Iowa State University study, nearly two-thirds of female participants reported drinking more since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, including increases in daily drinking, drinking earlier in the day, and binge drinking.

  • Meats Laboratory eyes expanded programming after pandemic shutdown

    The pandemic forced the ISU Meats Laboratory to limit many of its usual operations for several months last year, but the laboratory has found innovative new ways to feed Iowans and continue its mission. Now, the laboratory is gradually returning to normal operations and even planning to expand its programming.

  • Update on boating accident review

    Iowa State University and the Crew Club at Iowa State are continuing to work with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources in its ongoing investigation of the boating accident on March 28, at Little Wall Lake in Hamilton County. The university is also developing the framework for its review of university and sport club policies and procedures. As part of that process, USRowing will conduct a safety review specific to the day of the accident and of safety policies and practices for the Crew Club.

  • Media Advisory: ISU experts available to comment on spring planting

    Higher market prices, drought in some stretches of Iowa and the lingering effects of last year’s derecho storm all could shape this year’s planting season. Iowa State University ag experts are available for interviews with news media on many of the angles that will shape the agricultural world in 2021.

  • Agricultural and biosystems engineering graduate program ranked among the best

    Iowa State's graduate program in agricultural and biosystems engineering is ranked second in the country, according to the latest rankings of graduate programs published by U.S. News and World Report magazine. Iowa State's engineering and business schools also ranked within the top 26 of public universities and another eight engineering departments ranked among the top 25 public programs.

  • 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.