Thursday, July 29 2021
$20 million federal grant launches AI institute for better crops, agricultural production
The researchers behind a new artificial intelligence institute say their work can accelerate the productivity and sustainability of agriculture. The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture are supporting the researchers’ idea with a five-year, $20 million grant to establish an AI Institute for Resilient Agriculture based at Iowa State.
New study sheds light on function of sex chromosomes in turtles
A new study led by an Iowa State University scientist sheds light on how organisms have evolved to address imbalances in sex chromosomes. The study looks at a species of softshell turtle, but the results could help to illuminate an important evolutionary process in many species. The research centers on a process known as sex chromosome dosage compensation.
A wild hair: Using hair to gauge stress response in pigs
Researchers at Iowa State University aim to use hair samples from pigs to identify genetics related to stress response. The effort could help produce pigs that lead less stressful lives and are more productive. And it all starts with a quick haircut.
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.