On The Radio – University of Iowa professor appointed to USDA task force


University of Iowa associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering Charles Stanier has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. (Brynne Schweigel/CGRER)
University of Iowa associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering Charles Stanier has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. (Brynne Schweigel/CGRER)
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.

University of Iowa professor appointed to USDA task force


University of Iowa associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering Charles Stanier has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. (Brynne Schweigel/CGRER)
University of Iowa associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering Charles Stanier has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Air Quality Task Force. (Brynne Schweigel/CGRER)
Nick Fetty | January 28, 2016

University of Iowa associate professor of chemical and biochemical engineering Charles Stanier has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Air Quality Task Force (AAQTF).

Stanier – who is member of the UI’s Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and also an associate research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering – will serve a two-year on AAQTF beginning in 2016 and ending in 2018. AAQTF is composed of 35 members from 20 different states representing a wide range of fields from academia and government to agriculture and industry.

AAQTF aims to promote USDA research efforts and also identify cost-effective ways to improve air quality in the agricultural industry. Additionally, AAQTF aims to better coordinate activities and resources among USDA agencies and other federal partners including the Environmental Protection Agency.

“The Agricultural Air Quality Task Force is another example of USDA’s continued commitment to developing science-based solutions and conservation measures that not only reduce the agriculture industry’s environmental impact, but in many ways enhance our natural resources through improved agricultural practices,” said U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. “Bringing together a variety of perspectives and scientific insights to this task force will help reach solutions to resolve air quality challenges.”

Hongwei Xin, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University, served as an Iowa representative on AAQTF prior to Stanier’s appointment. Stanier along with Chris Peterson – who serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Farmers Union – are the two Iowa representatives currently on the task force.

AAQTF was formed by Congress in 1996 to address agricultural air quality issues.