Category: Healthy Lives


New study calls for mitigation, monitoring of common grease-proofing food packaging chemicals

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Chemicals used to “grease proof” everything from food packaging to carpets have built up in the environment for decades and contaminate ecosystems across the globe, and a new study is calling for a better understanding of the risks posed by these chemicals. The study, published in the academic journal Trends in Food Science & Technology, collects…


Developing a skilled workforce in rural Iowa using advanced learning technologies

By Nick Fetty, Iowa State University College of Engineering

A team of interdisciplinary researchers at Iowa State University will study ways that they can utilize digital teaching technologies to effectively develop a robust workforce that will serve Iowa’s rural communities. This one-year, $150,000 pilot study is supported by the National Science Foundation and will be led by Eliot Winer, professor of mechanical engineering. Other researchers on this…


Iowa State University team will expand high-tech toolbox to help identify promising conservation practices

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A team led by Iowa State University researchers will expand and revamp an electronic toolbox designed to help farmers and landowners identify the conservation practices best suited for their land. The team received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to add to and expand the Agricultural Conservation…


National Science Foundation supports plant development research, learning opportunities

By Ann Robinson, Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

With support from a new National Science Foundation grant, two Iowa State University researchers are exploring fundamental, yet-unanswered questions about how hormones regulate cell wall properties during plant development. In the process, they plan to engage college students and foster an appreciation for plants among Iowa’s youngest learners. The three-year, $985,450 award for the project,…


Iowa State Researchers Receive 2021 Bridging the Divide Grant to Address Disaster Response

New Damage Assessment Platform Will Utilize Crowdsourcing for Community Resilience

By Caitlin Ware, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

The damage natural disasters like tornadoes and floods inflict is often immediate. But a community’s ability to successfully rebound from the impacts of these disasters is tied directly to its ability to assess damage just as quickly and efficiently in order to restore the functionality of civil infrastructures. A team of Iowa State University researchers…


Studying Mosquito Immune Cells Could Improve Understanding of Disease Transmission

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A new study that details mosquito immune cells could shed light on the insect immune system and how mosquitoes transmit parasites that cause malaria. A new study, published recently in the peer-reviewed scientific journal eLife, identifies several new forms of mosquito immune cells, providing new clarity into the mosquito immune system. Immune cells play a central…


New study details enzyme that allows coronavirus to resist antiviral medications

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has demonstrated a stubborn ability to resist most nucleoside antiviral treatments, but a new study led by an Iowa State University scientist could help to overcome the virus’s defenses. The study, published recently in the peer-reviewed journal Science, details the structure of a critical enzyme present in SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that…