Category: Data-Driven Science


ISU Researchers Using Computer Simulations to Improve Clean Energy Generation

By Nick Fetty, Iowa State University College of Engineering

As the damaging effects of climate change become more apparent, researchers are studying ways to generate energy with minimal impact on the environment. Computer simulations could be the key to making this process more efficient. Shankar Subramaniam, a professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University (ISU), is the principal investigator (PI) on a project…


Study of ‘shrink-smart’ towns expanding to include curriculum, big data

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

An Iowa State University research project to understand how shrinking small towns maintain quality of life has received another major grant to expand the team’s work. The rural smart shrinkage project, led by Kimberly Zarecor, professor of architecture, received a three-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation – the largest federal grant ever awarded to…


New Initiative Connecting farmers to share agronomic data

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A new federally funded project led by Iowa State University researchers will help farmers share data relevant to their operations with one another and improve production. The Smart Integrated Farm Network for Rural Agricultural Communities (SIRAC) project recently received a three-year, nearly $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop technology that will…


Glaciologists’ Experiments Lead To Slip Law For Better Forecasts Of Glacier Speed, Sea-Level Rise

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Backed by experimental data from a laboratory machine that simulates the huge forces involved in glacier flow, glaciologists have written an equation that accounts for the motion of ice that rests on the soft, deformable ground underneath unusually fast-moving parts of ice sheets That equation – or “slip law” – is a tool that scientists…


Engineers developing machine-learning tools to quickly, cheaply design better solar cells

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Researchers are developing machine learning tools to help them flip the design script and accelerate technology development. They’re not interested in the traditional, incremental, costly way of running experiments, collecting data and applying those answers to technology designs. They want to start with the answer – in this case better solar cells – and use…


P3 Program Introducing New Technology, Teamwork to the Classroom

Plant Sensors Bringing Class Concepts to Life

By Caitlin Ware, Office of the Vice President for Research

Since its start in 2015, Iowa State University’s Predictive Plant Phenomics (P3) graduate program has focused on changing the narrative surrounding plant biology to increase crop productivity and meet industry demands for food and fuel. This semester, the program is kicking off a new initiative to bring what has been illustrated through textbooks and lectures…


ECpE professors receive $1 million NSF grant for data-driven vision of future power grids

By Sarah Hays, Iowa State University College of Engineering

Driving along the highway, most people have seen parts of the U.S. power grid in the form of tall, metal towers carrying power lines. These power lines are transmitting much of the electricity we use daily to power microwaves, refrigerators, washers, dryers and more. But with this vast amount of electricity and power, many components…


Connecting silos: Iowa State scientists call for unconventional collaboration in agriculture

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State University scientists have issued a call to action for researchers in a wide range of disciplines to turn their attention to some of the most pressing challenges facing agriculture. The unorthodox approach to collaboration could spark innovative new approaches to how farmers produce commodities and interact with the environment. Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, professor of genetics,…