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Archive: October 2019


P3 Program Introducing New Technology, Teamwork to the Classroom

By Caitlin Ware, Office of the Vice President for Research

Since its start in 2015, Iowa State University’s Predictive Plant Phenomics (P3) graduate program has focused on changing the narrative surrounding plant biology to increase crop productivity and meet industry demands for food and fuel. This semester, the program is kicking off a new initiative to bring what has been illustrated through textbooks and lectures…


Sundeep Vani joins Iowa State University as Chief Technology Officer for Biobased Products

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Office of the Vice President for Research

Sundeep Vani has joined Iowa State University to serve in the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Biobased Products, part of the State of Iowa’s Biosciences-based economic growth initiative. In his role as CTO, Vani will serve as a conduit between research and industry. He will work closely with both the Biobased…


ECpE professors receive $1 million NSF grant for data-driven vision of future power grids

By Sarah Hays, Iowa State University College of Engineering

Driving along the highway, most people have seen parts of the U.S. power grid in the form of tall, metal towers carrying power lines. These power lines are transmitting much of the electricity we use daily to power microwaves, refrigerators, washers, dryers and more. But with this vast amount of electricity and power, many components…


Iowa’s farmers – and American eaters – need a national discussion on transforming US agriculture

By The Conversation

Lisa Schulte Moore, professor of natural resource ecology and management, says agricultural challenges including soil degradation, water contamination, and flooding should be at the forefront of national conversation to ensure a sustainable future. She contends that if government officials, agricultural businesses, and farm, commodity, and environmental organizations unite around a transformative goal, it could  usher…


Agronomists detail the benefits of updating agricultural drainage infrastructure in new study

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Massive networks of drains, pipes and tiles that enable food production on much of the world’s most productive cropland are due for expansion and replacement to meet the demands of agricultural intensification and climate change. How that infrastructure is updated will have enormous consequences on food production and the environment, according to a new study….