News Releases

Size of monarch overwintering population underscores continued need for conservation in the Midwest and North America

February 26th, 2021
AMES, Iowa — The World Wildlife Fund, Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas and the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve released the 2020-2021 overwintering monarch population report on Feb. 25, 2021. Adult monarch butterflies covered...

Iowa State University Department of Animal Science announces gifts of equipment for the Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Facility

February 25th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Department of Animal Science has received several gifts to operationalize the pedigree room in the...

Iowa State researchers study effects of cellulosic feedstocks for ethanol production

February 25th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – A new Iowa State University study considers an increase of growing cellulosic feedstocks for ethanol production and the effect it could have on land use and water quality, specifically nitrogen loss, in the Mississippi Atchafalaya...

Thompson awarded for uprooting traditional learning and replanting it online

February 23rd, 2021
Grant Thompson standing by evergreen tree, talking to students
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Grant Thompson, assistant professor of horticulture, developed a comprehensive virtual learning option for his plant identification course. Students were able to learn in-...

Iowa State Beef Teaching Farm manager Bruene recognized for cow-calf BQA award

February 15th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – David Bruene, manager of the Beef Teaching Farm at Iowa State University, was recently awarded the 2020 Cow-Calf Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) award from the Iowa Beef...

Researchers find losses of nutrients, greenhouse gases from poorly drained depressions higher than predicted

February 11th, 2021
wet spot in farm field with cloudy sky above
AMES, Iowa — With the help of an innovative new monitoring system, Iowa State researchers looking at nitrogen and phosphorus losses to water and the atmosphere are able to pinpoint nutrient fluxes better than many previous studies. In the process...

New minor prepares students to address diverse health issues around the world

February 3rd, 2021
Betsy Matos speaking with two male students in her Global Health Disparities class.
Students interested in a career in human health will benefit from the new global health minor being offered at Iowa State University. Betsy Matos, assistant teaching professor of...

Iowa State Student Selected for NIH Fellowship to Expand the Druggable Human Genome

January 27th, 2021
Warren Rouse headshot
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University graduate student Warren Rouse has been selected to receive a prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein...

Students, faculty find success in first offering of winter session

January 22nd, 2021
Virginia Hanson
With an extended winter break, some Iowa State University students took advantage of the opportunity to get ahead on credits by taking a winter session course. More than 140 students enrolled in the six...

New online graduate certificate program offered in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology

January 19th, 2021
Noe Gomez
Many students studying within the biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology department at Iowa State University will further their education after receiving their bachelor’s degree. While graduate school is an option, the department also...

CALS faculty, staff, students recognized for exceptional efforts during COVID-19

January 15th, 2021
A number of faculty, staff and students from within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recently earned recognition by Iowa State University for their exceptional efforts to respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  A...

Harris named new chair of Iowa State University Departments of Plant Pathology, Microbiology and Entomology

December 16th, 2020
Steven Harris
AMES, Iowa – Steven Harris will be the next chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology and the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University effective by April 1. The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management will...

Iowa State Researchers Find Overexpression of a Soybean Gene Might Lead to Resistance Against Major Pathogens

December 14th, 2020
Headshot of professor Bhattacharyya
AMES, IA -- Any number of different soybean pests can derail a good season. Soybean farmers in Iowa know how devastating they can be, with some causing millions in losses each year. A new study by a research team led by Madan Bhattacharyya,...

Castro Awarded George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award

December 8th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Javelis Marín Castro, a student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, has been selected to receive the George Washington Carver Spirit of Innovation and Service Award. Marín Castro, from Humacao...

Iowa State Researchers Find Antibody Response to Vaccination Helps Predict Swine Reproductive Success

December 7th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Measuring antibody response to a commonly used vaccination against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, or PRRSV, could better predict swine reproductive success than common genetic selection strategies, according to...

Iowa State University Welcomes National Thanksgiving Turkey at Public Open House Dec. 5

December 4th, 2020
Video and images of the turkeys and official welcome remarks are available upon request. AMES, Iowa – The Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University is holding a public open house on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m....

Angela Shaw Receives Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research

November 23rd, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research to Angela Shaw, associate professor in food science and human nutrition and extension...

Iowa State University Department of Animal Science Announces Artz Chair for Faculty Excellence in Animal Science

November 23rd, 2020
Professor with a computer in campus office
Iowa State University Department of Animal Science Announces Artz Chair for Faculty Excellence in Animal Science AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Department of Animal Science is pleased to announce that...

Iowa State University to be home to the 2020 National Thanksgiving Turkey

November 18th, 2020
Ron and Susie Kardel holding baby turkeys
AMES, Iowa – For the first time, Iowa State University will serve as the home of the official National Thanksgiving Turkey following next week’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation at the White House. The official Thanksgiving Turkey and...

Iowa State Researchers Find Biochar Mitigates Manure-related Odors and Emissions

November 17th, 2020
AMES, IA – A new study from Iowa State University shows that carbon-rich biochar could be used to mitigate many odors and potentially toxic volatile organic compounds emitted from swine manure. “The results of this study and related research...

Which Small Towns Attract Start-ups and Why

November 2nd, 2020
Picture of downtown, Carroll, Iowa
AMES, Iowa – While many small rural towns face economic distress, some manage to overcome the odds to succeed in attracting new firms and job opportunities. It’s well-known that small rural towns often face economic distress. Along with losses...

Iowa Egg Council pledges additional support to the Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm at Iowa State University

October 26th, 2020
Educational infographic showing a large, white chicken head and text
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Egg Council has pledged an additional $150,000 to the Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm at Iowa State University. “Iowa is the...

Gift from Tyson Foods supports Beef Up Iowa with Processing at Iowa State University

October 19th, 2020
Group of people representing Tyson Foods and the Beef Up Iowa program, pictured holding a large check
AMES, Iowa - A gift from Tyson Foods will provide 80,000 meals* to food insecure Iowans through Beef Up Iowa. The Beef Up Iowa program is a partnership among Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa Food...

Iowa State University Scientists Advance Plant Breeding for Organic Industry

October 15th, 2020
Two scientists in fall corn field
A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will support Iowa State scientists and collaborators as they develop improved seed corn tailored to the needs of the rapidly...

Capacity building grants to underscore seed systems development and ag biotech innovation in the Philippines and Africa

October 13th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center (SSC) has been awarded two back-to-back grants to strengthen the capacities of national seed and biosafety authorities in the Philippines and Africa.   The Center will lead a grant from...