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Thursday, November 30 2023

  • Researchers advance 'placenta-on-a-chip' with sensing, imaging technology

    Nicole Hashemi and her students have been working for years to develop a "placenta-on-a-chip" that models how medicines, nutrients and other substances are passed from mother to fetus. A new, three-year, $350,000 National Science Foundation Mid-Career Advancement grant will allow Hashemi’s group to integrate sensors to the device, test personalized medicine and explore commercialization.


  • Making a difference, belonging drives rural festival volunteers and bolsters community development

    New research suggests people are more likely to volunteer for festivals and support rural community development if they have a strong sense of psychological ownership. This is bolstered when they perceive an event as personally important and relevant, feel needed and find social connection with other volunteers and attendees.

  • Summer of studying baboons can open doors for Iowa State students

    An Iowa State University professor is helping make immersive animal behavior research more accessible for students. With funding from a three-year federal grant, students selected for the program run by Corinna Most are paid to study olive baboons for eight weeks in Kenya, getting hands-on experience that’s valued in the field but difficult to acquire.

  • With light and shadows, Iowa State production brings children’s classic to life

    ISU Theatre presents “The Velveteen Rabbit,” a new stage adaptation of Margery William's classic children's book about a stuffed toy that yearns to be real. The production features original music, shadow puppets and a small acting ensemble.

  • Despite eventful campaign month, ISU/Civiqs poll finds little change among GOP voters

    The third wave of results from the Iowa State University/Civiqs poll shows Former President Donald Trump remains in the lead, followed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and former U.N. Ambassador and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

  • Iowa State recognized for spurring innovation, talent and economic wellbeing

    Iowa State received the top Innovation and Economic Prosperity University Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. The university also ranked first in Iowa in The Princeton Review’s 2024 annual survey of undergraduate schools for entrepreneurship studies.

  • ISU students make Cyclone gameday experience accessible to fans everywhere with virtual reality

    So real, you’ll swear you’re running shoulder to shoulder with the Cyclone football team. An Iowa State University student has founded a company that uses virtual reality technology to make fans feel like they’re on the field and in the middle of the action. The company is offering Cyclone fans light cardboard VR headsets that are affordable and as simple to use as scanning a QR code. 

  • ISU researchers hunt for hard-to-spot genetic links to improve crop and livestock breeding

    Advanced statistical analysis can help mine the expanding volumes of data collected by crop and livestock breeders for hard-to-spot relationships between genetic code and complex traits that matter. An interdisciplinary research team at Iowa State University will use a three-year, $1.1 million federal grant to comb through existing data sets in a hunt for previously unseen links that will make the food supply more productive and resilient.

  • Iowa State students embrace new major’s combination of medical, engineering studies

    Iowa State's new major in biomedical engineering quickly attracted 50 students, who are now learning the basics of the medical and engineering worlds. The new program is designed, in part, to meet the interests of students and employers while increasing the synergy between Iowa State's research strengths and academic programs.