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11.20.2020 Featured Article

Iowa State Research Days 2021 Registration Now Open

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

After a one-year pandemic-related hiatus, Iowa State University’s annual Research Day event will return in spring 2021 as Research Days, a multi-day, multi-platform virtual program. Back for its fourth year, the event — hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research — will once again invite university researchers and scholars to collaborate across…


Returning the ‘three sisters’ – corn, beans and squash – to Native American farms nourishes people, land and cultures

By The Conversation

Historians know that turkey and corn were part of the first Thanksgiving, when Wampanoag peoples shared a harvest meal with the pilgrims of Plymouth plantation in Massachusetts. And traditional Native American farming practices tell us that squash and beans likely were part of that 1621 dinner too. For centuries before Europeans reached North America, many…


Michael Roof joins Iowa State as CTO for Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics biosciences platform

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

Michael Roof has joined Iowa State University to serve as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics research and innovation platform, which supports the state of Iowa’s biosciences-based economic growth initiative. In his role as CTO, Roof will lead efforts to identify and accelerate development of new technologies and innovations with strong commercial…


Crop diversification can improve environmental outcomes without sacrificing yields

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A new study shows diversifying agricultural systems beyond a narrow selection of crops leads to a range of ecosystem improvements while also maintaining or improving yields. But a professor of agronomy at Iowa State University who co-authored the study said some marketing and agricultural policy considerations will have to change for farmers to adopt diversification…


Iowa awards $2 million CARES Act grant to universities to study COVID-19 nanovaccine

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

A $2 million grant of federal CARES Act funding distributed by the state of Iowa will support university research of a nanovaccine to protect against COVID-19 infections. The project will build on previous research and existing patents by Iowa State University and University of Iowa researchers affiliated with the Nanovaccine Institute based at Iowa State. The fast-track project is…


Iowa State’s C-CHANGE hosts virtual conference exploring a biogas value chain

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

More than 200 innovators, researchers, government officials, farmers and thought leaders from across North America joined in a lively discussion regarding the potential of renewable natural gas during the October 19, 2020, C-CHANGE Conference, “Why are we missing the boat on biogas?” This inaugural conference of Iowa State University’s Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally…


Making health a central part of identity may improve mask compliance, other healthy behaviors

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Virtually everyone agrees it’s good to be healthy, but fewer people think of their health as a central part of their identity. New research from Iowa State University shows that encouraging people to think of health as an essential part of themselves also encourages healthier behaviors, including adherence to physical distancing and mask guidelines during…