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Newswise: New grant will help scientists advance human immune model in pigs
Released: 28-May-2020 12:45 PM EDT
New grant will help scientists advance human immune model in pigs
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Scientists at Iowa State University are poised to take a significant step forward in human health by transferring a human immune system into pigs. The research was recently awarded a nearly $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop the technology over the next four years. The research could pave the way to new treatments for a wide range of health problems, from cancer to severe burns.

Released: 27-May-2020 11:15 AM EDT
Patterns in crop data reveal new insight about plants and their environments
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A new study unearthed patterns in datasets collected on rice plants across Asia that allowed researchers to develop a matrix to predict the traits of rice plants depending on their genetics and environment. The approach could lead to better predictability in crop production.

Newswise: Replacing time spent sitting with sleep or light activity may improve your mood
Released: 19-May-2020 5:10 PM EDT
Replacing time spent sitting with sleep or light activity may improve your mood
Iowa State University

Moving more and sitting less was a challenge for many, even before states started issuing stay-at-home orders. Despite disruptions to our work and exercise routines, new research shows that making subtle changes at home may improve our mental health.

Newswise: Scientists use light to accelerate supercurrents, access forbidden light, quantum properties
Released: 19-May-2020 3:30 PM EDT
Scientists use light to accelerate supercurrents, access forbidden light, quantum properties
Iowa State University

Iowa State's Jigang Wang continues to explore using light waves to accelerate supercurrents to access the unique and potentially useful properties of the quantum world.

Newswise: Grant will help scientists break new ground in gene editing
Released: 18-May-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Grant will help scientists break new ground in gene editing
Iowa State University

A new grant from the National Institutes of Health will allow Iowa State University scientists to continue to develop gene editing technologies to model human disease in zebrafish. The research aims to build new tools to determine which genes have therapeutic potential to treat human genetic diseases that affect the cardiovascular, immune and nervous systems.

Newswise: Risk of gaming addiction increases for small, but significant number as teens become adults
Released: 13-May-2020 12:30 PM EDT
Risk of gaming addiction increases for small, but significant number as teens become adults
Iowa State University

Playing video games is not a problem for most teens, but those who develop symptoms of Gaming Disorder are more anxious, aggressive, depressed and shy, according to a new longitudinal study. Those symptoms increase as teens become adults.

Newswise: Supply chain challenges to remain as states start to reopen
Released: 12-May-2020 6:55 AM EDT
Supply chain challenges to remain as states start to reopen
Iowa State University

A supply chain expert expects some hiccups as states start to reopen and supply chains slowly rebound from the coronavirus pandemic. Scott Grawe says the uncertainty that led to shortages of toilet paper and cleaning supplies at the start of this pandemic will continue to disrupt supply chains.

Newswise: Engineers demonstrate next-generation solar cells can take the heat, maintain efficiency
Released: 4-May-2020 3:05 PM EDT
Engineers demonstrate next-generation solar cells can take the heat, maintain efficiency
Iowa State University

Iowa State engineers have developed a next-generation solar cell that takes advantage of the promising elctro-optical properties of perovskite materials.

Newswise: National center for forensic science wins federal renewal for another five years, $20 million
Released: 28-Apr-2020 4:15 PM EDT
National center for forensic science wins federal renewal for another five years, $20 million
Iowa State University

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has renewed support for the Center for Statistics and Applications in Forensic Evidence, adding five years and up to $20 million of support.

Newswise: Paul Canfield of ISU, Ames Laboratory elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Released: 23-Apr-2020 5:45 PM EDT
Paul Canfield of ISU, Ames Laboratory elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Iowa State University

Paul Canfield of Iowa State and the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He's a condensed matter physicist who designs and discovers materials and properties.

Newswise: Study: Visitor’s garden is improving prison visitation experience for all
Released: 20-Apr-2020 11:25 AM EDT
Study: Visitor’s garden is improving prison visitation experience for all
Iowa State University

New research shows that a visitor’s garden designed and built by Iowa State University students and incarcerated individuals at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women is helping to strengthen connections between the women and their children.

Newswise: Scientists developing portable viral tests for future pandemics
Released: 16-Apr-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Scientists developing portable viral tests for future pandemics
Iowa State University

Iowa State University researchers are developing a portable, inexpensive technology that could allow people to test for the presence of a virus or antibodies without having to go to a medical facility. The technology is still about a year away, but it could come in handy in the event of a resurgence of the coronavirus or for future pandemics.

Released: 15-Apr-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Researchers develop models to track, forecast COVID-19
Iowa State University

A team of Iowa State University researchers has developed a mathematical model that reveals critical characteristics about COVID-19—such as how contagious the virus is and how rapidly it spreads through populations.

Newswise: Study gauges insecticide effects on monarch butterflies
Released: 9-Apr-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Study gauges insecticide effects on monarch butterflies
Iowa State University

A newly published study sheds light on how insecticides commonly applied to crops affect monarch caterpillars. Conservation efforts to protect monarch butterfly populations depend on planting milkweed on agricultural land, but doing so may put caterpillars in close proximity to harmful insecticides.

Newswise: Behind-the-scenes academic support gives students a boost during atypical semester
Released: 8-Apr-2020 11:10 AM EDT
Behind-the-scenes academic support gives students a boost during atypical semester
Iowa State University

Beyond the logistical issues of migrating more than 6,000 courses online for the remainder of the spring semester, Iowa State University has also responded with academic support for students navigating this new learning environment.

Newswise: Engineer uses metal-oxide nanomaterials deposited on cloth to wipe out microbes
Released: 7-Apr-2020 5:05 PM EDT
Engineer uses metal-oxide nanomaterials deposited on cloth to wipe out microbes
Iowa State University

Sonal Padalkar, an Iowa State mechanical engineer, is studying how metal-oxide nanomaterials can be deposited on cloth and paper for use as an antimicrobial agent.

Newswise: Glaciologists’ experiments lead to slip law for better forecasts of glacier speed, sea-level rise
Released: 2-Apr-2020 4:00 PM EDT
Glaciologists’ experiments lead to slip law for better forecasts of glacier speed, sea-level rise
Iowa State University

Backed by a decade of experiments that simulate the huge forces involved in glacier sliding, glaciologists have written a "slip law" that can be used in computer models of glacier movement and sea-level rise.

Newswise: Iowa State students 3D-printing face shields for Iowa hospitals
Released: 1-Apr-2020 10:00 AM EDT
Iowa State students 3D-printing face shields for Iowa hospitals
Iowa State University

Hospitals are in desperate need of personal protective equipment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. An Iowa State University team, in partnership with Alliant Energy, has found a way to help by manufacturing and distributing face shields to Iowa hospitals.

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Released: 25-Mar-2020 4:20 PM EDT
Solving a 50-year-old puzzle in signal processing, part two:
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Two Iowa State engineers, who announced the solution to a 50-year-old puzzle in signal processing last fall, have followed up with more research results. The engineers say their new algorithm is more useful and just as fast as the one previously used.

Newswise: Iowa State faculty get creative as courses move online for remainder of spring semester
Released: 25-Mar-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Iowa State faculty get creative as courses move online for remainder of spring semester
Iowa State University

Iowa State faculty are getting creative and innovative as they have shifted their coursework online for the remainder of the spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Calculus is now coming through YouTube videos and demonstrations. A 3D printer allows printmaking students to create at home.

Newswise: New test measures corn nitrogen needs with greater accuracy
Released: 9-Mar-2020 4:35 PM EDT
New test measures corn nitrogen needs with greater accuracy
Iowa State University

A recently published study analyzed a combination of soil tests to gauge corn nitrogen needs more accurately than the standard chemical tests that have been in use for roughly 50 years. The research could result in economic benefits to farmers and improved environmental quality.

Newswise: Geologists determine early Earth was a ‘water world’ by studying exposed ocean crust
Released: 2-Mar-2020 11:50 AM EST
Geologists determine early Earth was a ‘water world’ by studying exposed ocean crust
Iowa State University

Geologists studied exposed, 3.2-billion-year-old ocean crust in Australia and used that rock data to build a quantitative, inverse model of ancient seawater. The model indicates the early Earth could have been a "water world" with submerged continents.

Newswise: Book tackles questions parents have about media violence
Released: 24-Feb-2020 9:40 AM EST
Book tackles questions parents have about media violence
Iowa State University

Making sense of all the research and debate over media’s risks and benefits can be overwhelming for many parents trying to decide what’s best for their child. That’s why Iowa State researchers wrote a book to present the research in a way that helps parents make informed decisions.

Newswise: It’s a crime, but for meth cooks it’s also a job
Released: 20-Feb-2020 8:00 AM EST
It’s a crime, but for meth cooks it’s also a job
Iowa State University

The motivation to start cooking meth is often driven by addiction, but a new study takes a closer look at the reasons cooks engage in this criminal behavior and come to see it as a job. Researchers say the work offers insight that can help with the development of prevention and rehabilitation efforts.

Newswise: Chemists use mass spectrometry tools to determine age of fingerprints
Released: 19-Feb-2020 2:55 PM EST
Chemists use mass spectrometry tools to determine age of fingerprints
Iowa State University

Chemists at Iowa State may have solved a puzzle of forensic science: How do you determine the age of a fingerprint? The chemists used mass spectrometry tools to analyze fingerprints and found clues in the fatty oils within the prints. And that could help tie a suspect to a crime scene.

Newswise: Power of photojournalism seen in early 20th century exposé on Chicago meat industry
Released: 18-Feb-2020 11:40 AM EST
Power of photojournalism seen in early 20th century exposé on Chicago meat industry
Iowa State University

A 1905 story not only prompted massive reforms in U.S. food and public health policy and inspired Upton Sinclair’s widely popular novel “The Jungle.” It was also one of the first examples of the power of photojournalism, as uncovered in a recent Iowa State University study.

Newswise: Initiative takes advantage of existing data to solve community problems
Released: 17-Feb-2020 6:05 PM EST
Initiative takes advantage of existing data to solve community problems
Iowa State University

Solutions to some of the problems Iowa communities are facing may be found in the data towns and cities already collect, but lack the resources to access and analyze. Iowa State University researchers are lending their expertise to help communities tap into that information.

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Released: 12-Feb-2020 9:55 AM EST
Pursuing Ph.D., Ecuadorian immigrant works to improve lives of immigrants through policy
Iowa State University

Twenty years after leaving Ecuador during its economic crisis, Maria Alcívar-Zúñiga learned she had received a prestigious national award recognizing her leadership, academic accomplishments and community work empowering Latinx youth and families in Iowa. Next stop: finishing her dissertation at Iowa State University.

Newswise: Heat trapped in urban areas tricks trees into thinking spring has arrived earlier
Released: 10-Feb-2020 4:05 PM EST
Heat trapped in urban areas tricks trees into thinking spring has arrived earlier
Iowa State University

Satellite data of 85 U.S. cities shows plants begin turning green earlier in the spring in urban areas than in surrounding rural areas. It’s a symptom of the way cities trap heat, a phenomenon known as the “heat-island effect,” according to a recently published study.

Newswise: Astronomers reveal rare double nucleus in nearby ‘Cocoon Galaxy’
Released: 5-Feb-2020 2:45 PM EST
Astronomers reveal rare double nucleus in nearby ‘Cocoon Galaxy’
Iowa State University

Iowa State astronomers have revealed that a well-known, nearby galaxy has a rare double-nucleus structure. Their paper reporting the discovery is now online and has been accepted for publication by the Astrophysical Journal.

Released: 30-Jan-2020 3:35 PM EST
Outcomes published following Iowa State workshop discussing land use, infrastructure issues within Mississippi River watershed
Iowa State University

A new network of researchers and community officials is working to find solutions to some of the biggest challenges within the Mississippi River watershed.

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28-Jan-2020 2:30 PM EST
Stability pushes Sanders to top of ISU/Civiqs poll; caucus interest building
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Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading the Iowa State University/Civiqs poll for the first time in the five months of polling leading up to the Iowa caucuses. Maintaining a stable base and picking up supporters from other candidates have contributed to his surge.

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Released: 27-Jan-2020 12:55 PM EST
Iowa caucus-goers rely on variety of sources to make decision
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Iowans have had ample opportunities to meet the Democratic presidential candidates, but likely caucus-goers say this access is not their most important source of information, according to a new Iowa State University survey.

Newswise: Major NSF-sponsored grant will help researchers discover ways to improve urban sustainability
Released: 22-Jan-2020 12:10 PM EST
Major NSF-sponsored grant will help researchers discover ways to improve urban sustainability
Iowa State University

A new $2.5 million grant will help an interdisciplinary team of researchers analyze innovative approaches to improving urban sustainability. The team will study various approaches to bolstering local food production in Des Moines and the surrounding area and how those approaches could affect nutrition, waste and environmental impacts.

Newswise: Students, Iowa State police join forces to design new police gear
Released: 21-Jan-2020 3:05 PM EST
Students, Iowa State police join forces to design new police gear
Iowa State University

Iowa State University industrial design students are collaborating with the ISU Police Department to examine the issues police officers face with their uniforms, gear and vehicles – and what designers can do to help solve those problems.

Newswise: Diverse cropping systems don’t increase carbon storage compared to corn-soybean rotations
Released: 16-Jan-2020 2:05 PM EST
Diverse cropping systems don’t increase carbon storage compared to corn-soybean rotations
Iowa State University

Diversified crop rotations protect water quality and have other environmental benefits, but recent experiments show that farms can’t rely on such rotations to improve carbon storage in the soil. The findings contradict widely held expectations that the extensive root systems of perennials and cover crops would deposit carbon in soils.

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14-Jan-2020 5:30 PM EST
Innovative mindset takes Iowa State student on the ride of his life
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Charlie Wickham loved roller coasters as a child – but he didn’t want to ride them. He finally hopped on one at 10 years old. Now a senior in mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, Wickham has ridden 250 roller coasters around the world, and his knack for designing rides and networking has given him a front-row seat to the amusement park industry.

Newswise: Engineers develop “chameleon metals” that change surfaces in response to heat
Released: 13-Jan-2020 8:00 AM EST
Engineers develop “chameleon metals” that change surfaces in response to heat
Iowa State University

Martin Thuo and his research group have found a way to use heat to predictably and precisely change the surface structure of a particle of liquid metal. It's like a chameleon changing skin color in response to its environment. And so Thuo and his team are calling the technology "chameleon metals."

Newswise: Study to examine biomarkers, economic factors that may increase risk for cognitive decline
Released: 9-Jan-2020 10:30 AM EST
Study to examine biomarkers, economic factors that may increase risk for cognitive decline
Iowa State University

An image of your retina may help determine your risk for Alzheimer’s disease even before other symptoms are detectable. Iowa State researchers will use the retinal images, cognitive measurements and economic data to determine if this information can identify risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Newswise: Study of cardiac muscles in flies might help you keep your heart young
Released: 7-Jan-2020 9:30 AM EST
Study of cardiac muscles in flies might help you keep your heart young
Iowa State University

Iowa State University scientists restored the function of heart muscles in aging fruit flies, according to a newly published study. The genetic complex identified in the research could lead to new treatments for heart disease in humans.

Newswise: Researchers Create Nanoscale Sensors to Better See How High Pressure Affects Materials
Released: 6-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
Researchers Create Nanoscale Sensors to Better See How High Pressure Affects Materials
Iowa State University

Researchers have developed new nanoscale technology to image and measure more of the stresses and strains on materials under high pressures.

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Released: 19-Dec-2019 6:00 AM EST
Stability at the top, growing opposition to Bloomberg, Steyer
Iowa State University

The top tier of Democratic presidential candidates remains relatively unchanged in the latest Iowa State University/Civiqs poll, and the second tier candidates show no signs of a breakthrough.

Newswise: Changes in the immune system explain why belly fat is bad for thinking
Released: 17-Dec-2019 12:55 PM EST
Changes in the immune system explain why belly fat is bad for thinking
Iowa State University

Iowa State researchers have found for the first time that less muscle and more body fat may affect our thinking as we age, and changes in parts of the immune system could be responsible.

Newswise: Study shows integrated organic crop and livestock production systems can conform to food safety standards
Released: 17-Dec-2019 11:10 AM EST
Study shows integrated organic crop and livestock production systems can conform to food safety standards
Iowa State University

The integration of crop and livestock production on organic farms doesn’t appear to pose substantial food safety risks and could yield benefits for producers, according to a study involving Iowa State University scientists. The experiments involved three sites in the Midwest on which acres were rotated between organic crop and livestock production.

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13-Dec-2019 4:50 PM EST
Fascination with flying: Refugee camp math whiz turns into Iowa State aerospace engineering all-star
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The Rwandan genocide forced Kwizera Imani and his family to spend nine years in a refugee camp. There, Imani fell in love with school, math in particular. Imani is now a senior in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University, and he’s graduating this weekend with five internships under his belt and a new adventure: a job at Collins Aerospace.


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