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 environmental problems. This includes using plants to extract harmful contaminants from soil and groundwater. Jerry and his students have done research on phytoremediation for more than two decades.

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.

Iowa hopes for increased participation in National Walk to School Day


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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, 41 percent of students walked or biked to school. In 2001, that percentage was down to 13.

This is bad news for both children’s health, and the health of our environment.

Read more from The Gazette here.

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.

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UI’s Cory Forbes helps foster K-12 science


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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 how to better educate America’s youth in the sciences.

This is where Cory Forbes comes in. Forbes is an assistant professor of science education at the University of Iowa (UI) and a Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER) member. Since arriving at UI in 2009, Forbes has led a series of research projects aimed at finding more affective ways to teach and foster learning of the sciences for elementary and middle school students.

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Kinnick Stadium recycling improved during second home game


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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 have gone to the landfill.

During the second home game volunteers collected more than three tons of recyclables, and diverted 57 percent of the waste from the landfill.

Read more here.

 

On the Radio: Alliant chooses natural gas over coal


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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 fire power plant to building a natural gas plant in Marshalltown.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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