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Genome on the cob

Iowa State scientists will play a major role in the $29.5 million, three-year project to sequence the corn genome, the most complex genome to be sequenced to date. Patrick Schnable, professor of agronomy and director of the Center for Plant Genomics, and Srinivas Aluru, professor of computer and electrical engineering, will lead Iowa State's effort to assemble the DNA sequence data. See story.

Covered bridge

Watching the bridges of Madison County

Engineers from Iowa State's Bridge Engineering Center have developed technology to monitor and protect the bridges of Madison County. Three layers of remote monitoring equipment will notify emergency crews of fires and suspicious activity at one of the famous bridges. See story.

Virtual fire

High-tech fire-safety training will use Iowa State's virtual reality facilities to put children in a computer-generated fire. It will be realistic. And it will be safe. See story.

Protecting turbines

Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory researchers won another prestigious R&D 100 Award. They've come up with a coating that allows turbines to handle the heat produced by jet engines. This is the 28th R&D 100 Award won by Iowa State researchers. See story.

The frontiers of NASA science

From finding spacecraft leaks to the latest in nanotechnology, Iowa State University scientists are working on 17 research projects for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. See Story.

Understanding Asian soybean rust

Martijn van de Mortel, a post-doctoral research associate in the department of plant pathology, spent five weeks in Brazil conducting an experiment in which he extracted genetic material from two varieties of soybeans infected with Asian soybean rust. The material will be used to study the molecular changes that occur in soybeans infected by the pathogen. See story.

Plants and chemotherapy drugs

Jackie Shanks, a professor of chemical engineering, is working to make garden plants better producers of two cancer drugs. She says plant scientists and chemical engineers can learn a lot by working together. See story.

The smell of farming

A high-tech instrument is helping Jacek Koziel find and characterize the compounds that cause livestock odor. He's hoping his findings will focus odor treatment on just a few compounds. See story.

Biosafe greenhouse

Iowa State's first high containment plant-growth facility was unveiled this fall. The 4,200 square-foot greenhouse will be used by scientists for experimental plants that require containment, such as plants engineered to enhance nutrition or to withstand environmental stress. The two-level building has four growth chambers in the basement that are 10 times the size of standard growth chambers. The cost was $2 million and paid with state funds.

Ted Heindel

Seeing into the flow

It looks something like a giant tree house. But Iowa State's $640,145 X-ray flow visualization facility has potential applications in the recycling, petroleum, chemical, paper and food processing industries. See story.