Iowa State researchers describe copper-induced misfolding of prion proteins

3D Paper Based Microbial Fuel Cell Gives Decent Output Power With Zero Current Consumption

Hanna: Top causes for mechanical corn yield loss

Harvest equipment can have a lot to do with how much yield loss you experience. Being attentive to both equipment and field conditions is critical in minimizing yield loss. Research shows during harvest, 60% of yield loss typically occurs at the corn head, according to Iowa State University Extension agricultural engineer Mark Hanna.

AR not just for Pokemon Go!

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII), a UI LABS collaboration, today announced that it has issued seven national applied research, development, and demonstration awards. These projects address several digital manufacturing and design topics, including augmented reality for use on manufacturing shop floors and on wearable and mobile devices.

Iowa State external funding reaches a record $425.8 million in fiscal year 2016

Iowa State University set another record for external funding, attracting $425.8 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30. A big part of the record year was unprecedented funding of $252.5 million to support research projects. Those projects include work in data-driven science, resilience of plants and animals in response to climate change, next-generation education programs and advanced manufacturing.

Making smart phones a tool for diabetics: CBE’s Rollins is working to make it happen

For Iowa State chemical and biological engineering professor Derrick Rollins, a diagnosis of type II diabetes was a life-changing experience – but in one way you might not expect. In addition to the customary lifestyle changes that go along with such a diagnosis, Rollins has used his personal situation to launch a major research project [Continue Reading…]

Cetin chairs ASHRAE conference seminars

Iowa State University’s (ISU) Kristen Cetin is pairing with international researchers to share the latest in residential smart building devices. The assistant professor in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering (CCEE) just returned to ISU from chairing two seminars at the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) 2016 Annual [Continue Reading…]

Chemical and Biological Engineering’s Wenzhen Li receives Bailey Award

Wenzhen Li, Richard Seagrave Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, will receive Bailey Research Career Development Award funding. His work in solar-assisted biomass processing, “Solar Photo Electrolysis of Biorenewable Feedstock to Higher-Valued Chemicals over Non-Precious Dual-Layer Catalysts,” will be supported. The award is presented annually to senior Iowa State faculty who [Continue Reading…]

Promoted associate professors teach “cutting edge” engineering in ISU CCEE Department

Professors have multiple responsibilities. That’s how Iowa State Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering’s (CCEE) Simon Laflamme describes his work. “I think there are two distinct jobs that we do—teaching and research,” Laflamme said. “These are very different.” This July, Laflamme and fellow CCEE Department Professor Jeramy Ashlock earned promotions from assistant to associate [Continue Reading…]

Helmers: Soil erosion can wash out profits

Cover crops, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program wetlands, saturated buffers and bioreactors all successfully reduce nitrates, said Matt Helmers, Iowa State Extension ag engineer. The Nashua research farm has replicated subsurface drainage plots to evaluate the performance of various in-field management practices. It also has one of the first bioreactors built in Iowa. “It’s possible to meet our [Continue Reading…]

Darr: How today’s farmers got a head-start on tomorrow’s tech

“In a day and age when you get excited about what’s happening with autonomous vehicles and folks like Google are making strides, we’re proud that agriculture has been using it in food production in the US for going on two decades now,” said Matt Darr, an associate professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Agriculture [Continue Reading…]

Shaw awarded SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship

Santosh Shaw, a PhD student in materials science and engineering, was recently awarded a 2016 Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. Shaw was recognized for his potential contributions to the field of optics, photonics, or other light-based science. Working with MSE Assistant Professor Ludovico Cademartiri, Shaw’s research [Continue Reading…]