Tuesday, July 13 2021
Iowa State sets $559.1 million external funding record, including federal COVID aid
Iowa State University attracted a record $559.1 million in external funding for fiscal year 2021, including $231.1 million in sponsored research funding and $90.2 million in federal COVID-19 relief funding. Research projects winning support last fiscal year included studies of rural broadband, ultra-precision agriculture, coronavirus testing and technology for individualized cancer treatments.
Iowa State STEM outreach programs join forces to expand reach across state
Seven years and 80,000 people later, Iowa State University’s design and STEM outreach program FLEx is expanding its reach even more to include undergraduate student role models who are traveling the state to inspire Iowa's K-12 youth.
Studying how microbiome affects immunity could improve vaccine effectiveness
A new grant will help Iowa State University researchers figure out how the microbiome, or all the microorganisms that live inside and on human systems, affects immunity and the effectiveness of vaccines. Not everyone responds to vaccines in identical ways, and the researchers will search for ways humans can adjust their microbiomes to optimize vaccine response.
Sleep-deprived individuals less forthcoming with information about criminal history
During the course of a criminal investigation, it is common for investigators to interview individuals who are exhausted and have had little sleep. While unavoidable in some cases, a new Iowa State University study found sleep disruption or deprivation may limit the amount of information provided during an interview.
Study: Environmental risks exacerbated for vulnerable populations in small towns
A new study of small Iowa towns found that vulnerable populations within those communities face significantly more public health risks than statewide averages.
Iowa State University and partners receive major National Science Foundation research grant to drive innovation in rural broadband connectivity
Funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, a consortium of industry partners, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the new regional testbed will focus on wireless research to enable high-throughput, universal and affordable rural broadband.
Iowa State physicist wins early career grant to study nuclear physics, quantum phenomena
The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Iowa State's Srimoyee Sen for an early career award that will help her study nuclear physics and quantum phenomena. The research could lead to the discovery of new quantum materials that could one day contribute to speedy quantum computing or other applications.
‘Mosquitoes SUCK!’ comic book explores a world without mosquitoes
A world without mosquitoes may sound appealing to anyone who has been a victim of the summertime pest, but a new comic book titled "Mosquitoes SUCK!" tells a story of the devastation and disruption to the ecosystem if the species was eliminated.