Monthly Archives: September 2012

Audio: UI’s Jerry Schnoor discusses phytoremediation


Jerry Schnoor is a Professor in the University of Iowa’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department. He is also the co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER). Phytoremediation refers to the process of using plants to mitigate … Continue reading

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CGRER Research Focus – Betsy Stone


Betsy Stone, and assistant professor in the University of Iowa’s Chemistry department, discusses her research tracking air pollution in Iowa City. For more CGRER Research Focus videos, check out our Youtube channel.

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Iowa hopes for increased participation in National Walk to School Day


National Walk to School Day is next Wednesday, and schools across Iowa are encouraged to participate. Last year, 72 schools participated in Iowa. People involved in the program hope that number increases to over 100 this year. Back in 1969, … Continue reading

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CGRER Research Focus – Brittany Huhmann


Brittany Huhmann, a graduate research assistant in the University of Iowa’s Civil and Environmental Engineering department, details her research on how arsenic gets released in groundwater. For more CGRER Research Focus videos, check out our Youtube channel.

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UI’s Cory Forbes helps foster K-12 science


In the 2007 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS), which assesses 4th-8th graders around the world, the United States ranked 11th in the science category. These kinds of results have both caused concern and spurred new research about … Continue reading

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Kinnick Stadium recycling improved during second home game


The University of Iowa’s recycling efforts at Kinnick Stadium increased between the football team’s first and second home games. During the first game volunteers collected more than two tons of recyclables, and diverted 40 percent of the waste that would … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Alliant chooses natural gas over coal


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode highlights Alliant Energy’s decision to build a natural gas plant in Marshalltown, Iowa. Influenced by environmental concerns, Alliant Energy has changed their focus from building a coal … Continue reading

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Penned deer operations face criticism for CWD spread


In the wake of seven deer testing positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Iowa, critics are condemning penned deer operations. These penned deer operations are places where hunters can pay to hunt deer that are within a confined area. … Continue reading

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Man-made cave might protect bats from white-nose syndrome


As we’ve reported before, bat populations around North America have been devastated by a deadly fungus know as white-nose syndrome. In June, the fungus was detected at the Maquoketa Caves in Iowa. To help the bats, The Nature Conservancy has … Continue reading

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New biodiesel terminal opens in Des Moines


A new biodiesel terminal has opened in Des Moines. This is Iowa’s second biodiesel terminal; the other one is located in Clear Lake. The terminal is owned by Tulsa-based petroleum pipeline company Magellan Midstream Partners, and cost $2.5 million. This … Continue reading

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