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Tuesday, November 30 2021

  • Research finds link between sewing masks and well-being at start of pandemic

    Recently published research shows the home mask sewer movement at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic stemmed not only from altruism but also a desire for some level of control during an unprecedented time of uncertainty.

  • Bird study illustrates the interplay between disease transmission and behavior

    A new study that looks at an eye disease in house finches shows how behavior and disease pathology interact to contribute to the spread of a pathogen. The study appears in the academic journal Biology Letters.

  • Macrogrid study: Big value in connecting America’s eastern and western power grids

    A "macrogrid" that increases the electricity moving between America's Eastern and Western interconnections, two of the biggest power grids on the planet, would more than pay for itself, according to research papers published this summer and fall by the Interconnections Seam Study. An Iowa State research team developed computer models for the study.

  • After comparing 17.5 million strategies, researchers validate CDC’s vaccine rollout recommendation

    Researchers at Iowa State University evaluated 17.5 million possible strategies the CDC could have recommended for COVID-19 vaccine rollouts. While the researchers generally validate the CDC’s plan, they did highlight some improvements, which could inform future vaccination strategies.

  • ISU receives national recognition for supporting innovation, entrepreneurship across Iowa

    The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities recognized ISU’s ongoing efforts to support small businesses and innovators across Iowa with its 2021 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Place award.

  • Iowa State honors students learn disaster response during simulated tornado

    After nearly two years of pandemic response, Iowa State University emergency manager Clayton Oliver is bringing his knowledge of and experience in disaster response to ISU students in an honors seminar. The students applied what they have learned in a simulated tornado disaster at a university apartment.

  • Soil study shows why nitrous oxide emissions should factor into climate change mitigation

    A newly published study found that a range of agricultural soils produce nitrous oxide emissions in sufficient quantities to contribute to climate change. The researchers compared soils with various moisture content and found agricultural soils are capable of high nitrous oxide emissions across a wide range of environmental conditions.

  • Sitting more linked to increased feelings of depression, anxiety

    During the initial COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, a lot of people suddenly became more sedentary as they adhered to stay-at-home orders or opted to self-isolate. Recently published research found people who continued to spend a higher amount of time sitting in the weeks following were likely to have higher symptoms of depression. A closer investigation into this association could play a role in helping people improve their mental health.

  • Iowa State and Alliant Energy collaborate on solar farm

    Iowa State University and Alliant Energy will collaborate on a solar farm to be established on university land south of Ames. The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a request from Iowa State to proceed with the development of the solar farm and to enter into a lease agreement with Alliant Energy.

  • Iowa State, Illinois cybersecurity experts working to protect region’s infrastructure

    Cybersecurity experts from Iowa State University and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are working to build a coalition that will train and educate a workforce capable of defending critical infrastructure, including energy providers, from computer attacks. A two-year, $2 million grant from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity, a part of the National Security Agency, will support the project.

  • Change Agent: Lisa Schulte Moore

    Lisa Schulte Moore took some career risks while pursuing her vision of more sustainable agricultural systems, but it looks like the risks are paying off. Prairie strips, a conservation practice she and her colleagues have championed for over a decade, have been adopted in more than a dozen states. And in September, she received a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.

  • Grant will support work to improve PPE for health care workers

    A multidisciplinary team of researchers is working to improve the design, function and safety of personal protective equipment, or PPE, for health care workers. The team received a $1.8 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support the work, which will focus on developing biological self-decontaminating fabrics to protect against live pathogens.