$20 million federal grant launches AI Institute for Resilient Agriculture

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

The latest artificial intelligence tools will allow researchers to develop digital twins of individual crop plants and entire farm fields, helping plant breeders improve crop varieties and farmers boost production. The researchers behind a new artificial intelligence research institute say their work can accelerate the productivity and sustainability of agriculture at a time when the…


Iowa State researchers find obesity impacts reproductive health, increases sensitivity to chemical exposures

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

Iowa State University scientists are finding evidence that obesity alters mammals’ reproductive systems in a variety of ways, including undermining natural abilities to resist and recover from exposures to chemical toxins. “It has been known for some time that obese women tend to have issues with fertility and related problems, such as earlier onset of…


Iowa State receives $231.1 million in external research funding in FY2021

Total External Funding for University Sets New Benchmark at $559.1 million

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

In Iowa, the vital role research plays – in keeping us healthy, in growing our economy, in maintaining our competitiveness in today’s global market, and in keeping our world sustainable for generations to come – has never been greater. So, it is significant that during the 2021 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2021, the…


Five Iowa State Researchers Receive NSF CAREER Awards

By Caitlin Ware, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

Five Iowa State University researchers have been selected to receive Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation during the 2021 fiscal and academic year, adding to the record-breaking number of university recipients last year. Considered to be the most prestigious award of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the CAREER program…


Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust Support Helps Expand Research Capabilities at Iowa State University

By Elaine Watkins-Miller, Iowa State University Foundation

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has committed $400,000 to help expand the microscopy capabilities at Iowa State University, aiding the university’s research in human and animal health, reliable food production and innovative bioenergy solutions and bioproducts. With the Carver Trust’s investment, the university’s Office of Biotechnology will be able to purchase…


Family Ties: Meet the Researching Hornbuckles

Iowa Cousins Pursue Similar Paths as Faculty Researchers at Iowa State and University of Iowa

By Stephen Pradarelli - Director of Strategic Communications, University of Iowa Office of the Vice President for Research

Brian Hornbuckle has an old photo of himself as a boy, talking—mouth wide—while cousin Keri Hornbuckle’s brother rests his chin on his fists, elbows on the table, looking exasperated. Brian grew up in Shenandoah, in the southwest corner of Iowa, while Keri, a decade his senior, grew up 260 miles away in Cedar Rapids. Because…