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Archived Feature Stories—2013

NDSU Animal Scientist Studies Early Gestation
The very beginnings of life fascinate NDSU animal scientist Kim Vonnahme. Raised in west central Iowa, where her family ran a feedlot operation, the associate professor of animal sciences has become a recognized expert in understanding how animals grow and develop.

Valspar Foundation and NDSU Announce Coatings Scholarships and Student Research Program
The Valspar Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of paints and coatings, and North Dakota State University (NDSU) today announced two new scholarship programs to provide opportunities for students studying coatings and polymeric materials at NDSU.

Bats Discover Surround Sound: Nature’s Horn in the Midst of Jungle Helps Bats Communicate
A new study by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo, USA and the Universidad de Costa Rica shows that the furled leaves of Heliconia and Calathea plants where Spix’s disc-winged bats make their home actually help to amplify and transmit the social calls of the bats.

Computer Simulations Help Predict Winner in Solar Power Battle
Researchers at North Dakota State University and the University of South Dakota are using computer simulations to determine whether quantum dots or nanowires would make better solar collectors for the development of future solar panels.

Chuck Hoge Named Interim Executive Director of NDSU Research and Technology Park
Long-time board member Chuck Hoge has been named interim executive director of the NDSU Research and Technology Park.

NDSU Researchers Find a Key That May Help Combat E. coli
A substance linked to mood enhancement could be a key to combating bacteria that can cause a serious foodborne illness, according to a study by researchers at North Dakota State University, Fargo.

North Dakota State University and Cogi® Announce Partnership Aimed at Developing Innovative New Software Applications and Creating Jobs
The new R&D partnership between Cogi® and NDSU, Fargo, comes through the university’s State of North Dakota-funded Center of Excellence in Sensors, Communications, and Controls (COE-CSCC).

North Dakota Leaders Promote UAS Assets in Washington, D.C.
North Dakota unmanned aerial systems (UAS) leaders and North Dakota State University representatives will be in Washington, D.C., on Thurs., Sept. 19 to attend the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus Science and Technology Fair to be held in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer.

Bobcat Signs New $600,000 R&D Partnership Agreement With NDSU
Bobcat Company has pledged its continued support of research and development activities conducted in tandem with nearby North Dakota State University (NDSU), Fargo, at NDSU’s Technology Incubator, where Bobcat is an anchor tenant.

NDSU Senior Works With Researchers to Find Answers to Asthma
As NDSU senior TJ Peterson learns about interactions between the outside world and the lung, he’s hopeful his efforts will someday contribute to a breakthrough that will help the estimated 18.9 million Americans who suffer from asthma.

NDSU Physics Student Makes Quantum Dots Discovery
NDSU physics and math undergraduate student Austin Usselman has found a way to bring some harmony to the predicament. His research could help make solar cells and other electronic devices more efficient.

Doctoral Student Studies Effects of Clean Water in Remote Kenya
Tara Rava Zolnikov, an NDSU Graduate School Doctoral Dissertation Fellow of developmental science, has witnessed up close how water can bring families closer, enrich a person’s quality of life and bring newfound economic advantages for many in some remote villages in Kenya. When the water flows, so do the opportunities.

September Science Café Focuses on Mysterious Honeybee Illness
A mysterious illness is wiping out a significant percentage of honeybee colonies in the United States. An NDSU scientist will explain why this is happening and outline the challenges of restoring colony health.

NDSU Undergraduate Research Takes Student's Love for Birds to New Heights
Gulls are a familiar sight during seaside strolls, but one NDSU student finds them fascinating and has made the birds the central subject of her undergraduate research

NDSU Research Plays Role on North Dakota's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Team
North Dakota’s two major research universities are expected to play key roles as the state competes to become one of six Federal Aviation Administration test sites for unmanned aerial vehicles and systems to be named by the end of the year.

North Dakota and South Dakota EPSCoR Awarded Grant to Establish DakotaBioCon
Four universities in North Dakota and South Dakota have been awarded a $6 million grant to establish the Dakota Bioprocessing Consortium (DakotaBioCon) and conduct collaborative research.

Workshop Provides Tools for "Communicating Science Ninjas"
Training to become “communicating science ninjas” provided tools to more than 100 researchers and graduate students attending the event “Science: Becoming the Messenger” held June 26-27 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fargo.

Dr. Kelly Rusch Named Vice President for Research and Creative Activity at NDSU
Kelly A. Rusch, Ph.D., professor, researcher and former administrator at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, has been hired as vice president for research and creative activity at North Dakota State University, Fargo.

NDSU Study Coaxes Clays to Make Human Bone
Confounding clays of the Red River Valley that cause structures to shift and buckle could actually hold the key to building better bones in humans, according to a North Dakota State University research team.

NDSU Professors Receive National Science Foundation CAREER Awards
Two major national awards received by North Dakota State University professors will bring a combined $1.6 million to biochemistry and to plant pathology research programs at NDSU, Fargo, and provide additional research opportunities for students.

Small, With Power-Packed Potential: New Process to Make Nanospheres Developed at NDSU
A patent-pending technology to produce nanospheres developed by a research team at North Dakota State University, Fargo, could enable advances across multiple industries, including electronics, manufacturing, and biomedical sectors.

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