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Monday, April 3 2023

  • Four Iowa State University students land prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

    The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate scholarship in mathematics, natural sciences and engineering in the United States. The scholarships are awarded by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation to encourage outstanding undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM research.

  • “Exquisite” sabertooth skull offers clues about Ice Age predator

    The recent discovery of a complete sabertooth cat skull from southwest Iowa provides the first evidence of this animal in the state. It also offers clues about an iconic Ice Age predator before the species went extinct roughly 12-13,000 years ago. Researchers believe the skull belonged to a subadult male that may have preyed on giant ground sloths.

  • ISU graphic design professor illustrates for some of the biggest names in the publishing world – but it took some perseverance

    Miriam Martincic’s illustrations have appeared in many high-profile publications, from The New York Times to Scientific American. But she had to persevere through her share of rejection to reach this point, and now she teaches what she’s learned to ISU design students.

  • Innovation at Work: Safer food, cleaner water

    At Iowa State, scientists are working to boost chicken gut health to help reduce salmonella infections in poultry and people. Others are honing faster, affordable methods for detecting foodborne pathogens and harnessing algae to treat wastewater. Their work highlights some of the ways ISU is developing patented technologies to make food safer and water cleaner.

  • After hitting rural areas harder, inflation’s ongoing impact evens out

    Inflation took a bigger bite of rural household budgets throughout much of 2022, but its effects were similar in rural and urban areas by the end of the year, according to a report by an Iowa State University professor. Two years of rising prices have shrunk discretionary income in rural households to less than $500 a month.  

  • Track great Allyson Felix to discuss adversity, motherhood and innovation during ISU lecture

    Allyson Felix, the most decorated American track-and-field Olympian of all time, will share stories of adversity, triumph, advocacy and her innovative approach to entrepreneurship during an upcoming presentation at Iowa State University on March 27.

  • Innovation at Work: Culture of collaboration fosters big ideas, new technologies, impactful solutions

    Innovation is a collaborative process, which is why Iowa State has built an ecosystem of support and resources to develop ideas into new products or technologies.

  • The dark figure of crime

    A world-renowned criminologist at Iowa State lays out evidence in a new book that Ted Bundy’s criminal career was far lengthier and deadlier than the official record. He says the story of Bundy reflects the unsolved murder epidemic in the U.S. and offers solutions to reduce the backlog of cold cases.

  • Study compares NGO communication around migration

    A new study compares the communication strategies of NGOs working on migration issues in two neighboring countries, Turkey and Bulgaria. The research findings highlight how the specific political and cultural context of a country affects an organization’s messaging.

  • Understanding what makes senior towns in Iowa “smart”

    Researchers are looking to small towns in Iowa to understand how some support aging in place better than others. Their findings could help communities plan for the future and preserve a high quality of life for all residents.

  • With NASA grant, ISU agronomist seeking to spot crop stress from space

    A research team led by Iowa State University agronomy professor Brian Hornbuckle is studying how to use satellite-based sensors to remotely detect daily changes in water content and temperature of plants in fields across the Corn Belt, a system that could act as an early warning system for crop stress.