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Wednesday, October 13 2021

  • Researchers engineer hardier microbes to improve bioproduction of fuels, chemicals

    Researchers led by Iowa State University's Laura Jarboe are working to improve bioproduction of fuels and chemicals by finding enzymes that can withstand the heat and acidity used to lower industrial fermentation costs. The project is supported by a three-year, $969,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • Survey highlights pandemic’s effects on mental and physical health in rural Iowa

    Recently published survey data reveal how the pandemic has affected Iowa’s rural communities differently. The survey, led by an ISU rural sociologist, asked thousands of Iowans to gauge how the pandemic has impacted their physical and mental health.

  • From feeding to nourishing: World Food Prize laureate delivering Norman Borlaug lecture

    The 2021 World Food Prize laureate, Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted, will deliver this year’s Norman Borlaug lecture at Iowa State University. Thilsted will present “Aquatic Foods for Nourishing Nations” at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. 

  • New grant will help ISU researchers break new ground with perennial cover crops

    Iowa State University scientists are leading a multi-institutional effort to reimagine cover crops by using perennial groundcovers. They hope the effort will lead to wider adoption of perennial groundcovers in order to protect the environment and benefit crop production. The researchers recently received a $10 million grant to support their work.

  • Researchers developing new genetic lines for organic corn production

    Iowa State University scientists are leading an effort to improve efficiency and genetics in organic corn production. Most seeds bred for growing corn are suited to conventional agricultural systems, not organic. The researchers will create proof-of-concept corn varieties specifically for organic production, a fast-growing sector of the agricultural world.

  • Pappajohn Center celebrates 25 years of helping students develop entrepreneurial mindset

    Isaac Bradford always planned to start a business after he graduated from Iowa State University, but after connecting with the Pappajohn Center for Entrepreneurship he realized now was the time to launch his startup.

  • 2020 graduates return to celebrate their degrees

    Iowa State University graduates who did not have an opportunity to walk across the stage due to the COVID-19 pandemic will return to campus Saturday, Oct. 9, for a special commencement celebration. 

  • Iowa State dedicates new Student Innovation Center

    Iowa State University recently dedicated its new Student Innovation Center, a highly flexible, technology-rich campus hub for project-based learning, entrepreneurship and multidisciplinary collaboration. The facility provides space for students, faculty and staff to share ideas, experiment and create new products.

  • Iowa State University team will expand high-tech toolbox to help identify promising conservation practices

    A new federal grant will help Iowa State University researchers expand and update an electronic tool that identifies watershed conservation practices best suited to particular agricultural fields. The Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework relies on data concerning field boundaries, land use and soil conditions to help guide decisions on how to improve water quality.

  • Iowa State’s Schulte Moore named 2021 MacArthur Fellow

    Iowa State University's Lisa Schulte Moore has been named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow for her groundbreaking research as a landscape ecologist building more sustainable and resilient agricultural systems. The prestigious awards, sometimes called “genius grants,” identify scientists, artists, entrepreneurs and others who have demonstrated exceptional creativity and who show promise for important future advances.

  • Researchers explain how nanomaterial aids antibody response, study it as antibody factory

    Iowa State researchers affiliated with the Nanovaccine Institute based on campus have explained how a nanomaterial initiates antibody production by the immune system's B cells. The technique could be used to turn B cells into factories that provide antibodies for diagnostic tests or treatments. That, according to a research paper, makes the nanomaterial platform "a highly versatile tool in the development of multiple countermeasures against emerging and reemerging infectious diseases.”

  • C.G. “Turk” and Joyce Therkildsen donate new Iowa State University Industrial Engineering Building

    C.G. “Turk” and Joyce A. McEwen Therkildsen have provided a $42 million gift commitment to Iowa State University’s Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering for a new facility that will provide technologically enhanced learning and research laboratory spaces.

  • Preliminary summary of crew club post-accident reviews

    Iowa State University commissioned two reviews following the tragic boating accident on March 28, 2021, at Little Wall Lake. This summary provides an overview of the two reports.