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Federal Investment in Agricultural Research Essential: Iowa State University Part of Effort Telling Stories of Discovery

By College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

A new effort to boost federal investment in agricultural research launched April 18, 2018, in Washington, D.C., bringing together Iowa State University with 15 other public and private universities. The initiative, FedByScience, timed with the release of the 2018 House Farm Bill, focuses on demonstrating to the public and policymakers the many ways that USDA-funded…

Research to improve pronunciation training

Iowa State University research improves pronunciation training

By College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

A new language learning software program developed by linguistics researchers at Iowa State University may improve the process for language learners to distinguish sound pairs. The new software automatically detects which sounds are difficult for the learner to distinguish through a pretest, then creates training exercises for distinguishing those sounds. The software determines when the learner…


Iowa State’s College of Engineering produces record number of NSF CAREER award winners in 2018

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

As a Research 1 university and member of the Association of American Universities, Iowa State University has long been considered a pre-eminent research institution, setting high standards both regionally and nationally for scientific and scholarly breakthroughs. And based on Iowa State’s substantial number of recent National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Program recipients, the foundation seems…


Plant Sciences Institute names nine faculty to second cohort

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

After reviewing dozens of applications, Iowa State University’s Plant Sciences Institute (PSI) has named nine faculty members to the second cohort of PSI Faculty Scholars. Faculty selected represent three of the university’s eight colleges – Agriculture and Life Sciences, Engineering, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. The PSI Scholars program identifies, supports and empowers talented Iowa…


Iowa State announces recipients of fall 2017 PIRS research seed grants

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

Four vastly different research projects — from tracking the economic rebound of smaller cities to understanding the role of trust in science communications — have been selected to receive funding in Iowa State University’s fall 2017 Presidential Interdisciplinary Research Seed (PIRS) Grant Program. PIRS supports the initial development of new interdisciplinary research with the potential…


Risk factors for youth violence should guide policy in response to mass shootings

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

An international committee of experts on aggression and youth violence issued a report urging policymakers to consider the research before arming schoolteachers or implementing other measures in response to the latest school shootings. Two Iowa State researchers stress that multiple risk factors contribute to violent acts, but too often policymakers, media and the public focus on…