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Iowa State University Research Day 2020: Packed With Both New and Familiar Activities

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By Paula Van Brocklin, Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Iowa State University Research Day 2020 is slated for March 25, and if you have attended or presented at past Research Day events, you’ll find all the familiar activities you’ve come to expect and enjoy. Additionally, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is featuring new and enhanced ways for campus researchers and…


Major NSF-sponsored grant will help researchers discover ways to improve urban sustainability

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Dense urban areas use up more energy, water and food resources than they can produce themselves, forcing them to rely on external sources. But a team of researchers is imagining bold new ways to make Midwestern cities more self-reliant. The Sustainable Cities Research Team recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop…


Iowa State University Awards Seed Grants Supporting Bioscience-Focused Research Initiatives

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

Faster transfer of new discoveries and technologies from the university lab bench to the commercial marketplace is a linchpin for driving real economic growth for Iowa in the biosciences. Iowa State University is helping fuel this engine through bioscience-based research seed grants made possible by funding allocated by the Iowa Legislature. The Office of the…


ISU researchers pave the way to make prairie strips eligible option for federal conservation program

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

U.S. farmers will be able to collect federal conservation payments for installing prairie strips on their land, and Iowa State University researchers helped bridge the gap between the latest science and federal policy. The 2018 Farm Bill, approved by Congress and signed into law December 2018, for the first time named prairie strips, or the strategic…


Study examines biomarkers, economic factors that may increase risk for cognitive decline

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

An image of your retina may help Iowa State University researchers determine your risk for Alzheimer’s disease even before other symptoms are detectable. Numerous studies have shown the inner layer of the retina is thinner in people with Alzheimer’s disease. But what if a noninvasive scan could spot changes to the retina before diagnosis and…


Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust supports Iowa State University program for K-12 teachers

By Elaine Watkins-Miller, Iowa State University Foundation

The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has committed $253,248 to support Iowa State University’s Research Experiences for Teachers program. The program, which provides middle and high school teachers hands-on research experiences with career scientists at Iowa State in the summer, will expand to include professional development during the academic year. “The Roy…


Researchers create nanoscale sensors to better see how high pressure affects materials

Second Science Paper Within a Month for Levitas

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures. As the researchers reported in the journal Science, that matters because, “Pressure alters the physical, chemical and electronic properties of matter.” Understanding those changes could lead to new materials or new phases of matter for…