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11.19.2019

Gov. Kim Reynolds proclaims November 2019 Iowa One Health Month

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Office of the Vice President for Research

On Friday, Nov. 15, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a proclamation declaring November 2019 Iowa One Health Month. The purpose of the proclamation is to support, strengthen and expand One Health-related efforts in Iowa and to increase awareness of One Health principles to improve human health, veterinary health, agriculture and land stewardship. One Health is defined…

07.31.2019

Researchers develop novel process to study how trees affect building temperatures and air flow

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State researchers have developed a model to test how shading and air flow can improve indoor temperatures during the sweltering heat of Midwest summers. The new research, conducted by Sustainable Cities – a research group led by Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture – shows the effects of tree shading and evapotranspiration on building temperatures during extreme…

07.15.2019

Iowa State sets new record for external research funding in FY2019

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Office of the Vice President for Research

$260.9 million tops previous record of $252.5 million in FY2016 Iowa State University closed the 2019 fiscal year achieving a new record for external research funding – $260.9 million. This surpasses the previous milestone of $252.5 million established in FY2016, reaffirming the university’s long-standing position as a leading land-grant research institution. Iowa State set new…

06.17.2019

Antioxidant puts up fight, but loses battle against toxic protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

New research may explain why an antioxidant that protects the brain is also associated with deterioration in areas susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. The antioxidant, superoxide dismutase or SOD1, improves cognition, but an Iowa State University research team found SOD1’s protective benefits dramatically weaken when levels of tau proteins – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease –…

06.14.2019

Iowa State’s Geetu Tuteja selected for Pew Scholars Biomedical Research Program

By Annette Hacker, Iowa State University News Service

Geetu Tuteja, assistant professor in Iowa State University’s department of genetics, development and cell biology, has been selected to join the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. She is the first Iowa State researcher to receive this honor. Tuteja is one of 22 promising scientists nationwide selected by the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts to…

06.12.2019

New economic study shows combination of SNAP and WIC improves food security

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

Forty million Americans, including 6.5 million children, are food insecure. Given the extent of food insecurity, a team of Iowa State University economists developed a methodology to analyze potential redundancies between two food assistance programs — SNAP and WIC. Their research shows that participating in both programs compared to SNAP alone increases food security by at…