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Diagnosing Parkinson’s disease with skin samples could lead to earlier detection

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

New research shows a simple skin test can accurately identify Parkinson’s disease, demonstrating for the first time the feasibility of the method. Currently diagnosed by clinical signs and symptoms but only definitively diagnosed at autopsy, Parkinson’s disease is commonly misdiagnosed early in the disease course, complicating clinical trials of potential treatments. The study, published in the…


Iowa State University Scientists Advance Plant Breeding for Organic Industry

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

A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will support Iowa State scientists and collaborators as they develop improved seed corn tailored to the needs of the rapidly growing organic industry. The lead investigator for the four-year, $1,996,500 grant is USDA Agricultural Research Service research geneticist…


Iowa State engineer aids $9 million project to manufacture biobased electronics

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Researchers will use a new advanced manufacturing grant to develop technologies that use plant-based inks to print low-cost, biodegradable and recyclable electronics for sensors and batteries. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded a five-year, $9.15 million grant to support the project and its team of researchers from the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the University of…


Research Day Activities Kick Off With October Presentation From Science Comedian Brian Malow

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

We’ve all earned a little humorous escape from the trials and challenges of 2020, so the Research Day Planning Committee is pleased to host science comedian Brian Malow for a virtual presentation, Rational Comedy for an Irrational Planet, Friday, October 30, 2020, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Malow is a standup comedian with a…


Adherence to new document formatting requirements critical for successful NSF proposal submission

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

Iowa State University’s College and Grants Hub pre-award support units urge investigators preparing proposals for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to pay close attention to the new requirements regarding the formatting of biographical sketches and current and pending support documents. Effective October 5, 2020, NSF began enforcing the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF…


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…


Iowa State University Researchers Investigate Ag Supply Chain Resiliency

By Nathan Cook, Iowa State University Center for Agricultural and Rural Development

A new grant will allow Iowa State University researchers to study how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the U.S. food supply chain with the goal of finding short- and long-term solutions to increase resiliency against future disruptions. Keri Jacobs, an associate professor of economics at Iowa State, said that the pandemic led to major disruptions…


Astronomers model, determine how disk galaxies evolve so smoothly

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Computer simulations are showing astrophysicists how massive clumps of gas within galaxies scatter some stars from their orbits, eventually creating the smooth, exponential fade in the brightness of many galaxy disks. Researchers from Iowa State University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and IBM Research have advanced studies they started nearly 10 years ago. They originally focused…