Category: Knowledge & Discovery


Iowa State Study Linking Diversity at Performing Arts Nonprofits With Marketing, Funding, Location

By Rachel Cramer, Iowa State University News Service

While arts and cultural organizations across the U.S. have increasingly prioritized diversifying their customer base, many struggle to know if their efforts are moving the needle. Findings from a new study, published in the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, may be able to help. The researchers tracked changes in the racial makeup and income…


Physicists Use Quantum Simulation Tools to Study, Understand Exotic State of Matter

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Thomas Iadecola worked his way through the title of the latest research paper that includes his theoretical and analytical work, patiently explaining digital quantum simulation, Floquet systems and symmetry-protected topological phases. Then he offered explanations of nonequilibrium systems, time crystals, 2T periodicity and the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics. Iadecola’s corner of quantum condensed matter…


Light Pollution is Disrupting the Seasonal Rhythms of Plants and Trees, Lengthening Pollen Season in U.S. Cities

By Yuyu Zhou, The Conversation

City lights that blaze all night are profoundly disrupting urban plants’ phenology – shifting when their buds open in the spring and when their leaves change colors and drop in the fall. New research coauthored by Iowa State University Associate Professor of Environmental Science Yuyu Zhou shows how nighttime lights are lengthening the growing season…


Iowa State Receives Record $284.2 Million in External Research Funding in FY2022

University Sets New Milestones for Both Federal and Non-Federal Research Funding

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

The Iowa State research enterprise received $284.2 million in external sponsored research funding for the 2022 fiscal year that closed on June 30, 2022, a new record for the university. This total included $198.2 million in federal research funding and $86 million in non-federal research support, both new university benchmarks in their respective categories. The…


Who trusts gene-edited foods? New Iowa State University study gauges public acceptance

By Rachel Cramer, Iowa State University News Service

Through CRISPR and other gene-editing technologies, researchers and developers are poised to bring dozens – if not hundreds – of new products to grocery stores: mushrooms with longer shelf lives, drought-resistant corn and bananas impervious to a fungus threatening the global supply. A few, including a soybean variety that produces a healthier cooking oil, are…


Theoretical calculations predicted by Iowa State Researcher now-confirmed tetraneutron, an exotic state of matter

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

James Vary has been waiting for nuclear physics experiments to confirm the reality of a “tetraneutron” that he and his colleagues theorized, predicted and first announced during a presentation in the summer of 2014, followed by a research paper in the fall of 2016. “Whenever we present a theory, we always have to say we’re…


Iowa State Study shows how artificial light affects seasonal rhythms of plants in U.S. cities

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

A new study led by Iowa State University researchers shows how artificial light has affected the natural seasonal processes of plants in urban regions of the United States. The study, published in the peer-reviewed academic journal PNAS Nexus, demonstrates how urbanization affects the natural world, resulting in noticeable changes for humans, said Yuyu Zhou, associate professor of…


Startups near state lines gravitate toward side with lower property tax, according to Iowa State Study

By Rachel Cramer, Iowa State University News Service

Researchers at Iowa State University found significantly different state tax rates affect where new businesses set up shop near state lines. Their study published in the journal Small Business Economics shows the fourth greatest distortion in the U.S. is between Iowa and its northwest neighbor. “The probability of starting up on one side of the border versus…