Map showing drought conditions in the western United States in 2020

Does Less Pollution Mean Less Precipitation?

IIHR researchers Wei Zhang and Gabriele Villarini (IIHR director) have published research linking urban sprawl to an increase in rainfall and flooding during Hurricane Harvey.
Ibrahim Demir at his computer.

Demir Wins Microsoft’s ‘AI for Earth’ Grant

The Iowa Flood Center's Ibrahim Demir has been awarded a grant from Microsoft as part of its “AI for Earth” program.
Marian Muste poses with textbooks.

Muste Publishes Hydraulics Textbook

With contributions from some of the world’s leading hydraulics experts, IIHR Research Engineer Marian Muste has co-authored a two-volume textbook about experimental hydraulics.
Professional headshot of Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Gabriele Villarini, who was recently appointed director of IIHR.

Villarini to Serve as IIHR Director

Meet Gabriele Villarini, the new director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering.
Female faculty member, Ananya Sen Gupta, sits at her desk.

A Mindful Future

WSI member Ananya Sen Gupta takes a computational approach to understanding how toxins and pathogens in the environment relate to each other.
Cover of Sugar Creek Chronicles book and a photo of author Connie Mutel in the woods with her dog

Sugar Creek Chronicle: Still Making a Difference

Interest in Connie Mutel's A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland is still vibrant. Requests for public presentations about climate change and the book continue to roll in.
YouTube screen grab of James Buchholz.

Research Summaries in 90 Seconds or Less!

Four members of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering’s research staff participated in the Communicating Ideas Workshop and recorded short video clips explaining their research.
The Big Data Hackathon logo.

2017 Big Data Hackathon

This September, the University of Iowa will host the 2017 Midwest Big Data Hackathon, a two-day, non-stop software development competition.
Head shot of IIHR Director Larry Weber.

Weber to Step Down as IIHR Director

Larry Weber has announced that he will step down as director of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering. Gabriele Villarini will serve as interim director.
Several men in a canoe pull a muddy tire out of a river.

Getting Muddy with Friends

IIHR and Iowa Flood Center staff and students participated in Project AWARE, an annual week-long canoe-based river clean-up project, to help clean the Upper Cedar River for a day.
Summer camp students present their poster to IIHR staff member.

Exploring Engineering and Health Science

A summer academic program at the University of Iowa encouraged middle-school students to dream big of a life in the sciences, and provided a week of education in engineering and health science from University of Iowa faculty, staff, and students.
Eric Tate sitting at a desk, facing and smiling at the camera.

Measuring Flood Vulnerability

Eric Tate's work with IIHR focuses on measuring social vulnerability to floods by building demographic indicators.
Aerial shot of Morgan Creek Oxbow.

Oxbow Restorations Benefit Habitat, Ecosystem

Oxbow restorations provide wildlife habitat for creatures that like these quiet backwaters, and they also process nutrients. And they’re surprisingly affordable.
Head shot of Forrest Holly.

In Memoriam: Forrest M. Holly Jr.

It is with great sadness that we share the news of Forrest M. Holly's death on May 22, 2017.
Luiza Notini stands in front of a miscanthus field, smiling and facing the camera.

New Sustainable Water Development Grad Program

The Sustainable Water Development (SWD) Graduate Program in civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa will offer a revolutionary new approach to engineering education.
Sean Seelau, a senior mechanical engineering student, will be the first to graduate with a certificate in Naval Hydrodynamics at the UI.

First Graduate With Naval Hydrodynamics Certificate

This May, senior mechanical engineering student Sean Seelau will be the first student to receive a certificate in Naval Hydrodynamics from the University of Iowa.
Photo of Ricardo Mantilla Gutierrez on a bridge.

Predicting Floods with Computer Simulations

IIHR's Ricardo Mantilla is the principal architect of the Iowa Flood Center's flood prediction model, HLM-Async.
Gabriele Villarini on a scooter.

Villarini Wins Young Investigator Award

IIHR’s Gregory LeFevre won the University of Iowa Office of the Vice President’s Early Career Scholar of the Year Award.
Craig Just sits at a chair in his lab.

Craig Just Wins Teaching Sustainability Award

The Institute of Industrial Engineers Sustainable Development Division has awarded Craig Just the 2017 Excellence in Teaching Sustainability Award.
Lou and Mae Landweber posing with V.C. Patel.

UI Legacy of Iowa Engineering Inducts Landweber

The UI Legacy of Iowa Engineering recently inducted IIHR's beloved Lou Landweber, and it is a fitting moment for a remembrance of our friend and colleague.
Paul Liu stands next to a model of Scorpy.

Delving Deep: Fossils from Iowa’s Ancient Sea

This year, visitors to the University of Iowa’s Mobile Museum will get a glimpse of Iowa history that might look like something from a horror movie — a six-foot giant sea scorpion!