2021 News & Featured Stories Archive

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Iowa State University researchers discover new approach to fight Salmonella in poultry

December 16th, 2021
AMES, Iowa — Researchers in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University have discovered an innovative approach to fight bacteria and their antimicrobial resistance in poultry by exploiting linkages between the gut...

Planning grant sows seeds for future urban tree diversity

December 6th, 2021
Two street scenes with trees. On the left, trees leafed out in green. On the right, trees with leaves denuded.
An Iowa State University researcher is leading a national USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) planning grant to dig up the dirt on low tree diversity in urban areas. Only six species comprise the majority of trees planted along...

Researchers work to make spray application more cost-effective, sustainable for apple growers

December 3rd, 2021
Rows of apple trees. Tractor-pulled airblast sprayer traveling between the rows of trees.
AMES, Iowa - Spraying pesticides in apple orchards can prove beneficial in the fight against harmful pests and diseases. The question is what is the best method and timing of spraying in order to make the most impact with the least negative...

Iowa State University partners with Mary Greeley Medical Center to provide advanced nursing education

November 18th, 2021
New partnership will offer paid tuition for the hospital’s registered nurses AMES, IA — Iowa State University has announced a new partnership with the Mary Greeley Medical Center that will advance the profession of nursing in both the community...

Watershed game app developed by Iowa State reaching wide audience as platform for fun, learning

November 18th, 2021
PEWI computer app homepage screen
AMES, Iowa — It’s a computer game for teenagers. It’s a web-based learning application for college ag and natural resource classes. It’s a training tool for professional conservation planners. It’s PEWI! People in Ecosystems Watershed...

Amy Kaleita named chair of the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

November 15th, 2021
Amy Kaleita
AMES, Iowa – Amy Kaleita has been named chair of the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE) at Iowa State University. Kaleita currently serves as the department interim chair and her permanent appointment will officially begin...

National USDA Multistate Excellence in Research Award recognizes Iowa State soil scientist

November 15th, 2021
AMES, Iowa — Robert Horton, who holds the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professorship in Agriculture and Life Sciences in agronomy at Iowa State University, is one of the senior scientists recognized by USDA with its national Multistate...

Pipeline study shows soil compaction and crop yield impacts in construction right-of-way

November 11th, 2021
Four researchers line up in front of Iowa State ABE building
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University study looking at the impacts of soil disturbance and early remediation practices from construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline finds significant soil compaction and gradual recovery of crop yield in the...

Iowa State and Alliant Energy collaborate on solar farm

November 4th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University and Alliant Energy will collaborate on a solar farm to be established on university land south of Ames. The Iowa Board of Regents has approved a request from Iowa...

Latham Hi-Tech Seeds Partners with the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

November 4th, 2021
Soybeans on curving stalks with blue sky in background
AMES, Iowa — Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, located in Alexander, Iowa, has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Latham Seeds provides financial support to the center and will have a...

Open house for 2020 National Thanksgiving Turkey at Iowa State University

November 3rd, 2021
Cy, Iowa State University's mascot, stands next to the 2020 National Thanksgiving turkeys, Corn and Cob
AMES, Iowa – For the past year and first time in school history, Iowa State University has served as the home of the official 2020 National Thanksgiving Turkey following last year’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the White House....

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, friends honored with 2021 awards

October 22nd, 2021
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa State University Alumni Association presented awards at the annual...

Building from the ground up: Construction of new feed mill tower complete

October 21st, 2021
Construction crews work on building the cement feed tower at the Kent Corporation Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex site at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa – The large concrete structure that quite literally rose out of the ground near the intersection of Highway 30 and State Avenue Ames’s west side generated quite a buzz in conversations and on social media earlier this fall. To answer...

New study calls for mitigation, monitoring of common grease-proofing food packaging chemicals

October 19th, 2021
Keith Vorst sitting on a stool in a laboratory.
AMES, Iowa – Chemicals used to “grease proof” everything from food packaging to carpets have built up in the environment for decades and contaminate ecosystems across the globe, and a new study is calling for a better understanding of the risks...

Iowa Soybean Research Center funds four Iowa State research projects

October 13th, 2021
banner graphic with headshots of six researchers, their names and departments
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Soybean Research Center recently awarded funding for four soybean research projects at Iowa State University, the largest level of funding invested in a single year by the ISRC since its inception in 2014. The center’s...

Mutual interests in agricultural collaboration focus of U.S. – China policy paper by Iowa State University economist

October 12th, 2021
Wendong Zhang and former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in front of PPT projection
AMES, Iowa — The relationship between the United States and China may be at its lowest point in recent history, but both countries continue to need each other to achieve strategic goals in agriculture, food production and food security. This...

Innvictis/Simplot partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

October 11th, 2021
Soybeans ready to harvest backlit by morning light
AMES, Iowa — Innvictis Seed Solutions distributed by Simplot Grower Solutions has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Innvictis/Simplot provides financial support to the center and...

New research studying economics of water quality on lake recreation focuses on rural, lower-income Iowans

September 30th, 2021
Two children holding fish with lake backdrop
AMES, Iowa — A new study underway by economists at Iowa State University aims to better understand nutrient impacts through the lens of local recreation and tourism, with a focus on assessing the economic impacts of water quality improvement on...

Boury receives national microbiology teaching award

September 29th, 2021
Nancy Boury standing in classroom with backdrop of chairs and chalkboard
AMES, Iowa - The American Society for Microbiology, or ASM, recently presented Nancy Boury with its 2022 Carski Award for Undergraduate Education. This award is a part of the organization’s 2022 Awards and Prize Program and recognizes leading...

Distillers Grains Technology Council to host October research symposium in Louisville

September 29th, 2021
Louisville, Kentucky, skyline at night reflecting on water
AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council, administered at Iowa State University, will cover the latest research for industries that produce and use distillers grains at its 25th annual symposium, Oct. 25-26, 2021, in Louisville,...

Iowa State's Schulte Moore named 2021 MacArthur Fellow

September 28th, 2021
Lisa Schulte Moore, professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University, standing with her arms crossed in a grassy field.
AMES, Iowa – Lisa Schulte Moore, a professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University, has been named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow. The prestigious awards, sometimes called “genius...

Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day set for Oct. 12, followed by virtual option Oct. 19

September 27th, 2021
Large gathering of people interacting with each other at various booths during the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is excited to resume its annual, on-campus career day on Oct. 12. The in-person event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lied Recreation Center, 518 Beach Road...

Iowa State University professor appointed to President’s Science and Technology Advisors

September 22nd, 2021
Cathie Woteki
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University professor has been appointed to a White House advisory group on science and technology. Catherine Woteki, a professor of...

Iowa State University, USDA research article named best paper of 2021 by Journal of Environmental Quality

September 21st, 2021
AMES, Iowa — A research article by Iowa State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists has received the 2021 Best Paper Award from the “Journal of Environmental Quality.”...

Iowa State University and University of Hawai’i researchers receive collaborative award to improve maize genetic diversity

September 20th, 2021
AMES, Iowa - Improved, practical crop breeding tools are essential to meet the increasing global demands for sustainable food production, made more urgent by the unpredictable stresses driven by a changing climate. To help meet this need, the...