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September 01, 2016
  • Students gathered around a display booth talking with booth attendants.CCUR and BCRF attend Iowa State's National Bioenergy Day event
  • ISU Startup Factory and Vermeer Corporation event features three companies assisted by CCUR and BCRF
  • CB2 exhibits at world's biggest plastics trade fair
  • Grewell selected to serve on Biotechnology Council
  • Colonna and Glatz co-author paper on new rapid screening technique for assessing toxicity in biosurfactants
  • Grants Awarded to CCUR and BCRF Affiliates
July 01, 2016

Image of a bridge over a river with a building in the background.Iowa State University-Cedar Rapids Partnership completed its first year of assisting Cedar Rapids companies in August. The program leverages the resources of Iowa State to assist Cedar Rapids in its drive to expand the local and regional economy.

July 01, 2016

Image of a door sign with a room number on it that reads 1597.Iowa State University Economic Development and Industry Relations recently announced the first cohort of entrepreneurs for the ISU Startup Factory. Three of these companies have been receiving assistance from the Center for Crops Utilization Research and the BioCentury Research Farm.

July 01, 2016

Person posing for a picture in front of a display of Quaker Oats branded cereals.The Iowa State University-Cedar Rapids Partnership helped create internship positions for two Iowa State undergraduates this summer. Jessica Schaumburg, a senior in food science and human nutrition, interned at Quaker Oats and Erin Wagner, a senior in agricultural business, interned at BIS Commodities.

July 01, 2016

Image of a sign for the BioCentury Research FarmAt Iowa State University’s BioCentury Research Farm, a line-up of biomass and alternative energy projects has facility manager Andy Suby excited about moving from bench-scale research into pilot plants and commercial scale processing, as well as and cellulosic work to support the POET plant in Emmetsburg and the DuPont plant in Nevada is just part of the story.

July 01, 2016

Two scientists standing near equipment in a lab.A number of off-campus clients brought projects to the CCUR pilot plants, ISU faculty and students used the pilot plants for research projects and CCUR purchased a new pilot-scale homogenizer.

July 01, 2016

Two people applying biochar to a sorghum plot.Two types of biochar were applied to a mini sorghum field plot in the BioCentury Research Farm Plant Demonstration Plots, the Biofuels Science and Sustainability Tour stopped at the BCRF to learn about various research projects and BCRF student employees developed a new QR code system to track the BCRF's biomass feedstock supply.

July 01, 2016

Image of grain binsWith the goal of providing information and training on grain handling and storage safety, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has produced a series of online learning modules. Developed through the Iowa Grain Quality Initiative, the no-cost learning modules can be used to train employees on current best practices.

July 01, 2016
  • Workshop to Focus on the Use of Ultrasonics in the Food Processing Industry
  • Iowa Quality Dairy Products Contest Takes Place at Iowa State
  • 2016 ASABE Meeting Recap
  • Grants Awarded to CCUR and BCRF Affiliates
June 27, 2016

With the goal of providing information and training on grain handling and storage safety, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has produced a series of online learning modules.

May 01, 2016

Group of people in suits posing for a picture outdoors.The BioCentury Research Farm has announced the selection of nine members to its newly formed advisory board. The council is made up of representatives from industry and Iowa State University and will provide guidance on the direction of the BCRF.

May 01, 2016

Two people posing for a picture with one holding an award.Center for Crops Utilization Research staff and affiliated students attended the 2016 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference held June 6-8 in St. Louis, Mo. Nine students entered the CUTC's Gary Lamie Student Poster Competition. Graduate student Lei Fang won first place for his poster, "Use Surfactant and Hydrolyzing Enzymes to Improve Oil Partition and Recovery in Dry-Grind Corn Fermentation."

May 01, 2016

Image of a blue tractor planting switchgrass in a field.The BioCentury Research Farm received soil removal equipment donated by DuPont. The equipment, valued at approximately $219,000, will expand the BCRF's current biomass preparation and conditioning capabilities. The BCRF continued to provide support to various on- and off-campus clients. Corn, soybeans, switchgrass and oats were planted in the Plant Zoo.

May 01, 2016
  • Keener will be Named Fellow, CCUR Affiliates will Receive Awards At 2016 ASABE Meeting
  • Jane Receives 2016 Order of the Knoll Faculty and Staff Award
  • Thuo Develops Micro-sized, Liquid-metal Particles for Heat-free Soldering
  • Grants Awarded to CCUR and BCRF Affiliates
April 25, 2016

CCUR affiliate Martin Thuo, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, has led development of liquid-metal particles that can be used for heat-free soldering and other applications.

April 18, 2016

Pamela White’s four decades of service at Iowa State University have helped the world to define what it means to be a human scientist.

March 01, 2016

Field of green turfgrass with orange markers in a grid pattern painted on the grassCCUR affiliates David Grewell and James Schrader lead a team investigating the use of soy-based materials as a source of nitrogen in a fully biorenewable, slow-release fertilizer. Their goal was to develop a biobased turfgrass fertilizer that could perform as well as traditional synthetic fertilizers, while improving environmental sustainability.

March 01, 2016

Person presenting a poster while another evaluates.The Center for Crops Utilization Research and the BioCentury Research Farm held their second affiliate meeting on April 7 in the CCUR Technology Transfer Theatre. About 40 faculty, students and staff participated in the seminar and poster session.

March 01, 2016

Scientist in a lab holding a sample.CCUR affiliate Byron Brehm-Stecher received the College of Human Sciences’ Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award at a reception held April 21. The award recognized his work on advancing the knowledge related to the detection and control of pathogenic microbes within the food chain.

March 01, 2016

Scientist using a viscometer to measure the viscosity of a hydrated guar sample.A new project hopes to improve guar gum processing in the United States, a number of student groups used the pilot plant equipment for class projects and CCUR affiliates Kurt Rosentrater and Stephanie Clark continued to use the pilot plants for their research projects.

March 01, 2016

Person turning a valve on equipment.The Bio-Polymers Processing Facility hired a plant manager and also prepared for start-up this spring, a new industry client used the 500-liter fermentor to grow a single-cell microbe and red oak was prepared using the fully automated belt dryer and hammermill.

March 01, 2016
  • Wang Named Fellow by American Oil Chemists Society
  • 20th Annual Distillers Grains Symposium is May 18-19
  • Fox Helps Judge Annual State Science and Technology Fair of Iowa
  • CCUR and BCRF Affiliated Faculty Receive Promotions
  • Harris Vaccines Named Life Sciences/Biotech Company of the Year
  • Grants Awarded to CCUR and BCRF Affiliates
February 24, 2016

From Des Moines Register. Two Iowa State University scientists believe algae can help cut costs for hundreds of small Iowa towns that face up to $1 billion to upgrade their wastewater treatment to meet tougher clean water standards. Article features CCUR's Darren Jarboe, Martin Gross and Zhiyou Wen.

February 16, 2016

From Cedar Rapids Gazette. Cedar Rapids Gazette guest columnist Jeffery Pomeranz, Cedar Rapids City Manager, talks about the ISU-Cedar Rapids partnership and the ongoing interactions between CCUR's David Freeman, program liaison, and Cedar Rapids bioprocessing companies.

February 09, 2016

From Slate. CCUR director Kevin Keener is quoted in a recent Slate article about trace-back technology in the food industry.

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