Plans are underway for 2019 Iowa State Research Day

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

After only two years, Iowa State Research Day, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR), is quickly becoming tradition among the university’s researchers. So it’s not too early for those involved with research and scholarship to mark their calendars for the third annual Research Day, set for March 28, 2019, in the Memorial Union. More details will be provided in future OVPR communications.

“Research Day affords great opportunity for all researchers across all disciplines to forge new relationships, explore novel ideas and start new projects,” said Guru Rao, associate vice president for research.

2018 Research Day recap

Nearly 400 Iowa State faculty, staff and students attended the OVPR’s second annual Iowa State Research Day on March 27.

Attendees packed the large Sun Room in the Memorial Union as biochemist and National Academy of Sciences member Gregory Petsko kicked off the day’s events with his keynote address, “Science and the Arts/Humanities: A Marriage Made in Heaven.” Petsko argued that scientists and humanists working together generates superior creativity and innovation. Watch Petsko’s keynote address here.

Following Petsko’s talk, research day attendees perused more than 80 poster presentations and creative expressions, learning about the latest research projects taking place across campus.  Additionally, more than 20 campus researchers discussed their latest projects in four-minute Lightning Talk presentations. The event proved so popular, attendance was often standing-room only. Click here to view the Lightning Talks.  Also, Iowa State faculty and post-docs shared their personal research stories during Story Collider-inspired presentations, often citing how the path to new discoveries isn’t always a smooth one. Listen to their stories online.

“I am thrilled with the engagement that occurred among Iowa State faculty, staff and students during Research Day,” said Sarah Nusser, vice president for research. “It was obvious that researchers from across campus were making new connections. Keynote speaker Gregory Petsko’s talk gave researchers an excellent platform on which to build bridges across the arts and humanities, social sciences and other fields.”