Archive: August 2017


Integrated framework helps scientists explain biology and predict crop performance

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Scientists have invested great time and effort into making connections between a plant’s genotype, or its genetic makeup, and its phenotype, or the plant’s observable traits. Understanding a plant’s genome helps plant biologists predict how that plant will perform in the real world, which can be useful for breeding crop varieties that will produce high…


Two projects awarded 2021 PIRI grants

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

Two multidisciplinary research initiatives – one to establish Iowa State as a national leader in promoting and enabling a rural innovation economy and the other on positioning the university as a leading research institution in Translational AI (artificial intelligence) – have been awarded 2021 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (PIRI) grants. The two were selected from…


Andy J. King receives National Cancer Institute grant to study colon cancer screening messaging

By Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication

Andy J. King, assistant professor in Iowa State University’s Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, was awarded a grant in the amount of $396,908 from the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute (NCI) to study communication related to colon cancer screening (CRCS). King will lead a team of researchers from Iowa State, Cornell University and New…


Researchers build structured, multi-part nanocrystals with super light-emitting properties

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Researchers have developed new types of materials that combines two or three types of nanoparticles into structures that display fundamental new properties such as superfluorescence. “The whole goal of this research is to make new materials with new properties and/or exotic new structures,” said Alex Travesset, an Iowa State University professor of physics and astronomy and an…


Vision for ultra-precision agriculture includes machine-learning enabled sensing, modeling, robots tending crops

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

A gardener hoping for a crop of the juiciest summer tomatoes might tend to each and every plant in a plot. But a farmer working to feed the world? Researchers believe that may be possible. They’re applying and integrating layers of technologies – including sensors, machine learning, artificial intelligence, high-throughput phenotyping platforms such as drones…


Engineered defects in crystalline material boosts electrical performance

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Materials engineers don’t like to see line defects in functional materials. The structural flaws along a one-dimensional line of atoms generally degrades performance of electrical materials. So, as a research paper published today by the journal Science reports, these linear defects, or dislocations, “are usually avoided at all costs.” But sometimes, a team of researchers from Europe, Iowa State…