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Tuesday, June 15 2021

  • What will happen to the COVID-19 plexiglass barriers? Iowa State students have ideas

    Iowa State students in an industrial design course partnered with Facilities Planning and Management to come up with innovative ways to reuse plexiglass barriers that were erected around campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Sensing what plants sense: Integrated framework helps scientists explain biology and predict crop performance

    Scientists have invested great time and effort into making connections between a crop’s genotype and its phenotype. But environmental conditions play a role as well. Iowa State University researchers untangle those complex interactions with the help of advanced data analytics in a newly published study.

  • University Innovation Alliance exceeds targets to help more students graduate

    The University Innovation Alliance, a national consortium of public research universities working to improve student success, has exceeded graduation targets set during former President Obama’s College Opportunity Summit. Iowa State, a founding member of the UIA, graduated an additional 9,014 students – a 37% increase overall, and a 169% increase in underrepresented students.

  • New evidence may change timeline for when people first arrived in North America

    An unexpected discovery by an Iowa State University researcher suggests that the first humans may have arrived in North America more than 30,000 years ago – nearly 20,000 years earlier than originally thought.

  • Researchers build structured, multi-part nanocrystals with super light-emitting properties

    Researchers have combined two or three types of nanoparticles to produce new materials with structures known as superlattices. In some instances, the structures display fundamental new properties such as superfluorescence. The researchers' discovery is reported in the journal Nature and featured on the current issue's cover.

  • Engineered defects in crystalline material boosts electrical performance

    Researchers have discovered that engineering one-dimensional line defects into certain materials can increase their electrical performance. Their findings have been published in the journal Science.

  • Advancing diversity and inclusion in business requires a common language, knowledge

    Despite a growing momentum for initiatives aimed at creating more diverse and inclusive work spaces, several barriers still exist that limit the success of these efforts. To implement meaningful change, a team of researchers says a holistic and systematic approach is needed to ensure practitioners, educators and researchers are all working from the same playbook. 

  • Pollinating insects can help soybean yields

    Insects can help soybean yields by carrying out more effective pollination, according to a recently published study conducted by an international team of scientists. The study suggests introducing pollinator habitat to soybean fields may lead to production benefits, in addition to environmental advantages.

  • Change Agent: Dipali Sashital

    In Dipali Sashital’s eyes, the thrill of discovering something new is the most exciting part of being of a scientist. Sashital explores the mechanisms of CRISPR-Cas systems, which allow for precise cutting and editing of an organism’s genes. These technologies have the potential for revolutionary advances in human health and agriculture.

  • Mapping Iowa’s soil topography

    An Iowa State University agronomist is developing new computer models of soil erosion and topography changes, requiring both innovative big-data technology as well as painstaking validation of soil measurements in the real world. The National Science Foundation recently awarded Bradley Miller an early career development grant to support the research.

  • 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.