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Examples of sponsored funding at work at Iowa State

ISU's Center for Transportation, Research and Education (CTRE)

CTRE received $8.6 million in contract and grant funding in FY 2004 to conduct projects that benefit Iowa and the nation. Nearly 150 projects are under way, providing work and learning opportunities for more than 70 graduate student researchers, 25 faculty members and 35 professional staff.

One example of CTRE's work includes development of a GPS-based computer application in law enforcement vehicles to accurately locate vehicle crashes. The application was first developed as part of the Iowa Department of Transportation's Traffic and Criminal Software package, and was later adapted for New York, Florida, Georgia, Delaware and South Dakota. Additional states are interested.

A sample of other completed projects includes the potential for coordinating public transit and school buses, identifying high-crash locations in Iowa, and identifying a safe route (using GPS techniques) for an Iowa Mississippi River bike trail.

CTRE's affiliated centers conduct research to improve the quality and lower the cost of highways. Examples include research on smoother and quieter concrete pavements, automated condition monitoring of bridges, and techniques to stabilize soils under highways.

CTRE's extensive technology transfer program includes workshops and seminars for more than 2,500 state, county and city transportation workers annually.

For more information: Steve Andrle, director, Center for Transportation Research and Education, (515) 294-8103; ;

Geological and Atmospheric Sciences

Cinzia Cervato, assistant professor of geological and atmospheric sciences, leads a National Science Foundation project known as CHRONOS, which means "time" in Greek. Funding for the institutions involved in CHRONOS totals more than $2.2 million in the first two years of the project.

Cervato is developing a network of databases and visualization and analytical tools that will help put Earth history in sequence. The network will contain information related to the evolution and diversity of life, climate change, geochemical cycles, geodynamical processes and other aspects of the Earth system.

"By putting events into sequence, we will be able to see how life evolved, how the climate changed, how the ice sheets grew and then melted away," Cervato said.

In addition to Iowa State, other participating institutions include the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, the U.S. Geological Survey, Purdue University and the San Diego Super Computer Center. The multi-institution collaborative project will eventually involve scientists from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, MIT, Texas A&M University and several international institutions and scientific groups.

For more information: Cinzia Cervato, (515) 294-7583 or

Information Assurance Center

More than two dozen faculty members from six academic departments work together in ISU's Information Assurance Center, a national leader in computer security education.

The Information Assurance Center attracted $758,000 in external funding in FY 2004. Projects of interest include:

  • National Science Foundation Scholarships for Service This program supports students working in information assurance. Each year, 10 undergraduates and 10 graduate students will receive two-year fellowships to study at Iowa State. Program participants will take courses in information assurance as part of their regular degree requirements. In addition, all scholarship recipients will become part of a cohort group and participate in academic and social activities throughout the year. The scholarship requires a service commitment, consisting of a paid summer internship and one year of paid employment at a federal agency.
  • Internet-Scale Event and Attack Generation Environment (ISEAGE) Thanks to a nearly $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, Iowa State is establishing the nation's first-of-its-kind cyber defense laboratory. ISEAGE is a virtual Internet laboratory, which will allow researchers to test defense systems in an actual environment where real attacks can be used.

For more information: Doug Jacobson, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of the Information Assurance Center, (515) 294-8307

Jim Davis, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; director of Academic Information Technologies and ISU chief information officer, (515) 294-0323;

Center for Research on Dietary Botanical Supplements

Iowa State received $2.7 million last year from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study echinacea and St. John's wort for their efficacy in treating and preventing infections. Researchers at the center will identify the chemical components in the two plants that cause an effect on humans or other living organisms. By identifying the chemicals responsible for specific health and medicinal effects, it will be possible to standardize and label supplements based on their actual chemical content.

The center is located at Iowa State and links ISU and University of Iowa scientists in multidisciplinary research. The total NIH grant is $6 million over a period of five years.

For more information: Diane Birt, Mary B. Welch Distinguished Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences; chair, Food Science and Human Nutrition; and director, Center for Research on Dietary Botanical Supplements; (515) 294-3011