Monthly Archives: October 2012

Map: Iowa counties’ average indoor radon levels


I’ve put together a map that shows the average indoor radon level of every county in Iowa. Click on the image above to access the map. The green color on the map indicates that the county has an average indoor … Continue reading

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CGRER Research Focus – Nicholas Petrich


Nicholas Petrich, a graduate student in the University of Iowa’s Environmental Engineering department, discusses his research on determining concentrations of PCBs in the air. For more CGRER Research Focus videos, check out our Youtube Channel.

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On the Radio: Genetically modified crops affect monarch butterfly populations


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode discusses the effects genetically modified crops on monarch butterflies. Monarch butterfly populations are declining.  Some research suggests that genetically modified crops may be partially responsible. This is … Continue reading

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ISU assistant professor works to turn leftover harvest material into biomass


Laura Jarboe, an Iowa State University assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, is working on developing a way to turn leftover material from farmers’ harvests into biomass. These materials include corn stover and waterway switchgrass. The biomass can then … Continue reading

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Photos: prairie at Hickory Hill Park


Here are some photos of a native prairie site at Iowa City’s Hickory Hill Park. For more photos of the park, click here.

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CGRER Research Focus – Pallavi Marrapu


Pallavi Marrapu, a research assistant in the University of Iowa’s Chemical and Biochemical Engineering department, discusses her work forecasting air quality in Delhi. For more CGRER Research Focus videos, check out our Youtube Channel.

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UNI student starts curbside recycling business


Brian Hoyer, a junior at the University of Northern Iowa, has started his own curbside recycling business in Cedar Falls. The business is called Recycles Rite, and it’s the only curbside recycling service in Cedar Falls. More than 450 household … Continue reading

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Volunteers help get rid of invasive trees in Iowa City prairie


A rarely recognized victim of the 2008 floods is the Waterworks Prairie Park in Iowa City. The floodwaters carried the seeds of willow and cottonwood trees to the prairie. With these trees around, it’s impossible to do the burning or … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Tailgating impacts environment at UI


Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode discusses the effects of tailgating on Iowa City’s air pollution. Tailgating is a beloved game-day tradition in Iowa City, but it can have a significant environmental … Continue reading

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CGRER Research Focus – Ali Varmaghani


Ali Varmaghani, a Phd Student in the University of Iowa’s Civil and Enviornmental Engineering Department, discusses his research on evaporation. For more CGRER Research Focus videos, check out our Youtube Channel.

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