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Archive: August 2018


Office of the Vice President for Research announces PIRI, PIRS grant recipients

By Paula Van Brocklin, Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research at Iowa State University has announced two awardees for the 2018 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Initiative (PIRI) and two recipients for the spring 2018 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grant Program (PIRS). The grant winners are principal investigators of interdisciplinary research teams aiming to make ground-breaking discoveries that address…


Rare-earth magnet recycling tech wins innovation award

By Laura Millsaps, Ames Laboratory Communications

An acid-free dissolution rare-earth magnet recycling process has earned a 2018 Notable Technology Development Award from the Federal Laboratories Consortium (FLC). Researchers at the Critical Materials Institute (CMI) and Ames Laboratory invented a magnet recycling process in which magnets are dissolved in water-based solutions, recovering more than 99 percent purity rare earth elements. Cobalt is…


Iowa State University scientists study how malaria parasites take over human red blood cells

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

The parasites that cause malaria make themselves at home inside a host’s red blood cells. Iowa State University’s Josh Beck, assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine, has shown in a pair of newly published articles just how that process works. This new understanding could help to identify new ways to…


Iowa State University scientist helps to develop rice plants to neutralize HIV transmission

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

An international research group, which included Iowa State’s Raziel Antonio-Ordonez, a postdoctoral researcher in agronomy, has proven that three proteins that can help prevent the spread of HIV can be expressed in transgenic rice plants. Using plants as a production platform could provide a cost-effective means of producing prophylactics, particularly in the developing world.


CSAFE receives prestigious award from the American Statistical Association

By Paula Van Brocklin, Office of the Vice President for Research

If the world of statistics had Academy Awards, then the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence (CSAFE), based at Iowa State University, would have just earned an Oscar. CSAFE received the prestigious Statistical Partnerships Among Academe, Industry and Government (SPAIG) Award on July 30 at a special presentation in Vancouver, British Columbia. The…