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09.24.2020 Featured Article

Iowa State names Dorhout as next vice president for research

By Rob Schweers, Iowa State University Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost

Peter K. Dorhout from Kansas State University has been named vice president for research (VPR) at Iowa State University. Dorhout, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and former president of the American Chemical Society, currently serves as VPR and professor of chemistry at Kansas State. He will begin his tenure…


Researchers to study effects of landlord decisions during pandemic

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

Numerous studies have examined tenants’ issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. The same can’t be said for landlords. An Iowa State University research team wants to change that. A $60,000 rapid response grant from the National Science Foundation will allow the team to study how landlord decision-making has contributed to rental housing instability during the pandemic….


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…


Iowa State University Leads New Project to Build ‘Genome to Phenome’ Research Community Across Crops and Livestock

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

A new federal grant will support an Iowa State University-led effort to spur development of a “genome to phenome” infrastructure for scientific collaboration across crops and livestock. The three-year, $960,000 project will provide guidance and lay the groundwork for a larger federal Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute…


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…


OVPR Launches New FY21 Bioscience Research Seed Grants

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

The Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is introducing two new research seed grants for the 2021 fiscal year to support university-industry collaboration in the Digital and Precision Agriculture and Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics bioscience platforms. The Iowa Economic Development Authority and Governor Kim Reynolds have identified four bioscience platforms as…


New study on migration success reinforces need for monarch butterfly milkweed habitat

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A recently published analysis of data on tagged monarch butterflies migrating from the United States to Mexico emphasizes the importance of creating new habitat to ensure the future of the species’ iconic migratory pattern. The study, published this month in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, drew on data collected on 1.4 million monarch…


Engineers use heat-free technology to make metallic replicas of a rose’s surface texture

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Nature has worked for eons to perfect surface textures that protect, hide and otherwise help all kinds of creatures survive. There’s the shiny, light-scattering texture of blue morpho butterfly wings, the rough, drag-reducing texture of shark skin and the sticky, yet water-repelling texture of rose petals. But how to use those natural textures and properties…