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Tuesday, April 18 2023

  • Innovation at Work: Smarter farming with better data

    Advances in precision and digital agriculture created at Iowa State are focused more than ever on data, innovations that can boost yields and profits while improving sustainability. Often by building their own products or partnering with companies, ISU researchers give farmers tools for making better decisions.

  • Media advisory: ISU experts available as spring planting begins

    Corn and soybean planting should kick into high gear this week as Iowa farmers take advantage of favorable weather conditions. After two boom years for revenue, profit margins are expected to be tighter this year and well-timed rains will be key.

  • Virtual fitting rooms can be a double-edged sword

    Virtual fitting rooms can cut down on returns and nudge hesitant online shoppers to click the checkout button. But findings from a recently published study indicate the technology could backfire on retailers if they assume consumer interactions are uniformly positive. The authors provide several recommendations based on their research.

  • Innovation at Work: New approaches to housing could lead to more efficient homes

    Innovative minds across the Iowa State University campus are inventing, researching and perfecting new applications for emerging technologies that could change how homes are built and maintained. 3D construction printers, robotics and geogames are just a few of the high-tech possibilities under development to improve housing and construction.

  • Researchers use nanoparticles to target, treat inflammatory bowel diseases

    Iowa State researchers are designing nanoparticles to treat inflammatory bowel diseases such as such as Chron’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Key innovations are the design of self-assembling nanoparticles that carry drugs and naturally target inflamed colons. The nanoparticles could deliver relief to more than 3 million Americans who suffer from the diseases.


  • Iowa State set for a week of events celebrating the First Amendment

    A week of events beginning April 10 on the campus of Iowa State University will celebrate the First Amendment and the essential freedoms it enshrines. Events include a symposium, a free meal and art displays calling attention to the importance of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

  • Innovation at Work: Nearly four decades of study filling 46 lab notebooks – all for better batteries

    Steve Martin has dedicated nearly four decades of study, about 60 graduate theses, 46 lab notebooks and eight patents to the mission of inventing better batteries.

  • 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.