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Archive: April 2019

04.29.2019

Iowa State receives $450,000 for crucial role in $3.6 million solar research project

By Sarah Hays, College of Engineering

Iowa State University’s Mehl Professor Manimaran Govindarasu, department of electrical and computer engineering (ECpE), is playing a critical part in a research project that has awarded Arizona State University (ASU) with $3.6 million. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Tech Office (SETO) awarded ASU the project to boost advancements to solar energy. Iowa State’s role is…

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04.25.2019

Research sheds light on genomic features that make plants good candidates for domestication

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

New research compiled by Iowa State University scientists, in conjunction with researchers from the University of Georgia, Cornell University and the University of Minnesota, details how the process of domestication affected the genomes of corn and soybeans. The study looked at sections of crop genomes and compared them to the genomes of ancestor species. The…

04.22.2019

Iowa State geotechnical engineer studied failed levees, researches potential solutions

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Cassandra Rutherford, an Iowa State geotechnical engineer, has inspected failed levees along Midwestern rivers. Now she’s working with other engineers to develop technologies that could improve levee performance. Those technologies include using electricity to inspect levees for internal defects and using “biocementation” to strengthen the soil surface of earthen levees.

04.18.2019

Patricia Thiel of Iowa State, Ames Laboratory elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Patricia Thiel of Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The election recognizes Thiel’s work in surface chemistry. The academy was established in 1780 and recognizes achievement in academia, business, government and public affairs. Its members have included Benjamin Franklin,…

04.17.2019

Iowa State University Part of Innovative Consortium to Reduce Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste

By Ed Adcock, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Food loss and waste is a global problem that negatively impacts the bottom line of businesses and farmers, wastes limited resources and damages the environment. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR), The Rockefeller Foundation and Iowa State University today launched the Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction at the 2019 Iowa International Outreach…

04.16.2019

New research from an Iowa State University scientist identifies microbes that may reduce allergy-like reactions to some ripened cheeses

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A small percentage of humans suffers allergy-like reactions to certain varieties of ripened cheese due to histamine, a byproduct of the prolonged fermentation process. Stephan Schmitz-Esser, associate professor of animal science at Iowa State University, is studying bacterial strains that could reduce histamine, allowing susceptible diners to enjoy the cheese without unpleasant side effects.