Bernard Darfour: Increasing food security in Ghana through improving post-harvest storage

Before Bernard Darfour came to Iowa State University (ISU) for his PhD in Industrial and Agricultural Technology, he was working toward a Master’s degree in Radiation Processing at the University of Ghana and researching gamma rays. Gamma rays are produced by the most energy-intensive phenomena in our universe like supernova explosions and black holes. Gamma [Continue Reading…]

Andersen: Pit foaming continues to endanger pork producers

Pit foaming creates a dangerous environment for producers, said Dan Andersen, an ag engineer with Iowa State University. He said producers need to check pits often because conditions can change quickly. Andersen said three things are need to create foam — biogas, something to surround the bubble and something to stabilize the bubble. Feeding distillers grains is the [Continue Reading…]

Presidential research initiative builds, advances four big data research teams

The second round of awards from Iowa State University’s Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research will help build four big data research teams and launch major projects in digital agriculture and intelligent text analysis.

Zhaoyu Wang: Seizing the opportunity

Although Dr. Zhaoyu Wang did not plan to become a professor in power systems and renewable energy, he is grateful for the opportunities that have lead him to Iowa State University. “I only planned to stay in the U.S. for less than a year but I took this offer because I thought it was a [Continue Reading…]

Iowa State advances expertise for national highway research program

Iowa State University transportation engineering researchers build upon a national program that aims to improve highway safety and sustainability. Four research faculty members and their student teams were recently awarded four substantial projects from the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2). SHRP 2 combines resources from the National Research Council, the American Association of [Continue Reading…]

Professor hopes research will help patients, improve lives

Story originally published for Iowa State Daily by Katlyn Campbell A professor in chemical and biological engineering hopes one day to get her research FDA approved to help patients and improve lives. Surya Mallapragada earned her graduate degree from the India Institute of Technology Bombay, obtained her Ph.D. at Purdue University, had a short postdoc [Continue Reading…]

Nation’s premier site for water quality science drives progress

Scientists often take many roads that lead to progress. For Iowa State University’s water quality research, an important path has gone through Gilmore City, Iowa. A farm just outside the north-central Iowa town is home to Iowa State University’s Agriculture Drainage Research and Demonstration Site, a facility that has been working to further Iowa State [Continue Reading…]

Anderson named to National Academy of Inventors

Story originally published by The Ames Laboratory AMES, IA  – U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory senior metallurgist and Iowa State University adjunct professor in materials science and engineering Iver Anderson has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI Fellows Selection Committee credited Anderson for demonstrating a “highly prolific [Continue Reading…]

CIRAS’ metal printer— Pointing the way to new methods for making stuff

By Jeff Eckhoff, communications manager for the Center for Industrial Research and Service. The future of modern manufacturing is now being built in the basement of ISU’s Sukup Hall – one 40-micron-thick layer at a time. Iowa State University’s Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) has been up and running for roughly a month now [Continue Reading…]

Iowa Learning Farms January webinar: Iowa nutrient reduction strategy discussion

Iowa Learning Farms begins its sixth year of monthly webinars on Thursday, Jan. 21. John Lawrence, associate dean in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director for Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach at Iowa State University, and ILF program manager Jacqueline Comito will discuss conservation and the ISU Extension and Outreach role.

Climate concerns ignite search for next-gen energy

Emily Heaton says clean energy from the 12-foot tall miscanthus she grows at an Iowa State University farm can help cut the carbon that’s warming the planet. “I should be able to start my truck or turn on my lights at home, and it makes the air cleaner,” said Heaton.

Iowa scientists help drive energy transformation

Expecting a baby with the new year, Iowa State University engineering doctoral student Marty Haverly has been thinking a lot about the climate challenges future generations face. Haverly and his wife, Julie, a senior business analyst at the Ames-based biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group, think they have the opportunity to address those challenges head-on.