Nick Fetty | February 22, 2016
This week’s On The Radio segment looks at University of Iowa associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering Charles Stanier, his research, and his recent appointment to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Air Quality Task Force.
Transcript: University of Iowa professor appointed to USDA task force
A University of Iowa professor has been appointed to a federal task force on agricultural air quality.
This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.
Last month, Prof. Charles Stanier – an associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering – was appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. The task force promotes science-based solutions to resolve air quality challenges.
Many aspects of Prof. Stanier’s research and outreach focus on Midwestern air quality. His work can be characterized as having a distinct regional focus, with projects based in central Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa City, the Quad Cities, Dubuque, and Lake Michigan. His methods involve developing and improving computer simulations of air quality to examine the contributions of urban, natural, and agricultural pollution sources to regional air pollutants. His work on greenhouse gases, particularly reactive nitrogen species, also intersects with the work of the Task Force.
STANIER: “I’m really excited to join the task force both to contribute based on what we’ve learned in our research and to be exposed to all of the different research topics that are coming through the task force. The work of the task force is focused on greenhouse gases, on air quality for agricultural workers, on farms and production facilities, and then the impact that those facilities have on the wider community and regional air.”
Dr. Stanier is one of two Iowa delegates on the task force, with the other being Chris Peterson who serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Farmers Union.
For more information about Dr. Stanier and the Agricultural Air Quality Task Force, visit iowa-environmental-focus-dot-org.
From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.