Iowa State Biomedical Scientist Exploring the ‘key’ to new COVID-19 vaccine development

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

New variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus most likely will necessitate the development of more vaccine options in the years ahead, and a biomedical scientist at Iowa State University believes the “key” to that development lies in the way the virus binds to human cells. Michael Cho, a professor of biomedical sciences at Iowa State, is studying how…


Iowa State Research Community Recognized with University Honors

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

The Iowa State research community was well-represented in the university’s annual awards announced April 29 through Inside Iowa State. More than 70 Iowa State faculty and staff will be recognized this fall for winning one of the university’s annual awards. Included was a new award honoring interdisciplinary team research that recognizes a team of two…


U.S. Landmarks Bearing Racist and Colonial References are Renamed to Reflect Indigenous Values

By The Conversation

A creek running through the city of Ames in central Iowa was officially renamed from Squaw Creek to Ioway Creek in February 2021, after a yearlong process that involved local and federal agencies. The previous name is now considered an offensive reference to Native American women. The creek’s new name honors the original Indigenous inhabitants of the area, the Ioway…


New RIO Brings Global Perspective and Valuable Mix of Experiences to Role

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

When Iowa State University’s new – and first fulltime – research integrity officer (RIO), Dianah Ngonyama, learned about the job opening, she felt the position listing was written specifically for her. And why not? Ngonyama brings to the table a global background and broad range of compliance and regulatory experiences in both the public and…


We’re creating ‘humanized pigs’ in our ultraclean lab to study human illnesses and treatments

By The Conversation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires all new medicines to be tested in animals before use in people. Pigs make better medical research subjects than mice, because they are closer to humans in size, physiology and genetic makeup. In recent years, professor of animal science Christopher Tuggle and his team at Iowa State University have found a way to…


Nadilia Gomez joins Iowa State as Digital and Precision Agriculture CTO

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

Iowa State has filled its third and final chief technology officer position to support the State of Iowa’s ongoing Biobased-sciences economic growth initiative. Nadilia Gomez joins the university as the CTO for the Digital and Precision Agriculture research and innovation platform, bringing with her a valuable blend of industry, entrepreneurial and academic experience and insight….


Newly Published Paper Suggests Narratives can Help Science Counter Misinformation on Vaccines

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Narratives are a powerful tool that can help explain complex issues, but they can also serve as sources of misinformation, which presents a challenge as public health agencies work to educate people about COVID-19 vaccine. In a paper published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, author Michael Dahlstrom, a professor and director of…