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January 2010

International Perspectives in Water Resources Science and Management

Since 1997, IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering has organized the course “International Perspectives in Water Resources Science and Management.” About every year and a half, the course takes students to a different country or region of the world for an intensive and in-depth exposure to technical, historical, cultural, social, economic, ethical, and environmental issues that impact planning and execution of water projects. The course website can be found at:
The next course offering is in The Netherlands and United Kingdom, May 17–31, 2010.
This course welcomes students who 0would like to add an international perspective to their academic experience and better prepare for the increasingly globalized field of water resources research, planning, and management.

Funding Awards and Renewals:

  • Troy Lyons, Larry Weber, Jacob Odgaard, and Marian Muste were awarded $413,548 from CH2M Hill for “Hydraulic Model Study to Support the Design of Dropshafts for the Abu Dhabi Strategic Tunnel Enhancement Programme (STEP).”
  • Nathan Young was awarded a $199,415 research grant from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources for “Iowa Statewide Floodplain Mapping Program Pilot Study.”
  • Thanos Papanicolaou was awarded $60,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation (subaward through University of Nebraska) for “Automatic Bank Erosion System to Protect Highway Bridge Crossings at Abutments.”
  • Larry Weber was awarded $30,000 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for “Support of the UMRS Navigation and Ecosystem Sustainability Program Science Panel.”


  • Nandita Basu spoke at the Museum of Natural History on Thursday, Jan. 21, in the Biosphere Discovery Hub (third floor), Macbride Hall as part of the UI Explorers Lecture Series. Her presentation was titled “Exploring Emergent Hydrologic and Biogeochemical Patterns in Catchments Across Scales.”
  • Students of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering (SIIHR) presented: “An Itinerary for the Activities Over the Next Year” on Jan. 22.

News from Alumni:

IIHR alumna Li-Chuan Chen (PhD  ’05) sent a letter from her new home in the Washington, D.C., area:

Hi everyone,

… 2009 is a great year for me. I bought a house this fall and again packed and moved in September. I also received an award from American Society of Civil Engineers as an outstanding reviewer for Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. I am very surprise and happy for it.

Buying a house is a lot of work, in addition to work and taking care of Sunny’s school activities. I just finished unpacking all the boxes and getting stuff organized …

Having my own house feels much more settled. It’s a simple two-level house with a big backyard. I like the neighborhood—very quiet and friendly. Keep in touch, and we wish you and your family a great New Year!

Li-Chuan and Sunny

P.S. See Sunny on YouTube


With Sorrow:

Dr. Mikio Arie (MS  ’55) received bachelor and doctor of engineering degrees from Hokkaido University and Kyushu University, respectively, two of Japan’s seven Imperial Universities. While he was an associate professor on the engineering faculty at Hokkaido University, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue advanced study in the United States. Dr. Arie spent two years at the University of Iowa, and in 1955 earned a master of science degree in hydraulics. He is remembered at IIHR as one of our most energetic students and ingenious experimentalists. His MS thesis was published in Journal of Fluid Mechanics, the world’s most prestigious fluids journal. He subsequently completed his doctorate at Kyushu University in Japan.

Dr. Arie’s professional career was spent almost exclusively at Hokkaido University. There he advanced steadily through the professional ranks, serving as a member of the University Senate, dean of students, dean of engineering, and, from 1981–87, as president of Hokkaido University. He also served as president of the National Center for University Entrance Examination for four years. In 1992, he returned to Sapporo and was named president of Hokkaido Institute of Technology, serving until March 1998. He was chair of the Board of Trustees of Hokkaido Shoshi Gakuen. He also played a key role in the development of engineering education and in the economic development in his country.

Throughout his career and until his death in 2009, Dr. Arie remained very active in government affairs related to technology, and served as a member of the Japan Science Council, the Senate of the National Research Institute for Polar Regions, and vice president of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers. Above all, he was heavily involved in international education activities, through his own efforts to promote exchange of students between the United States and Japan, and his membership on several boards of organizations promoting study abroad.

Dr. Arie’s interests went well beyond purely academic and technical matters, such as heading the design team for the ski-jump facility for the 1972 Winter Olympic Games, which were held in Sapporo, Japan. He also continued to keep his engineering and other technical skills operative by producing a large number of first-rate technical papers; this he accomplished despite his main responsibilities as president of Hokkaido University. Throughout his long and distinguished career, Dr. Arie remained extremely loyal to the University of Iowa. He never failed to visit IIHR when he was in the United States. Dr. Arie had a remarkably diverse and productive career at the highest levels of the Japanese educational establishment and was instrumental in establishing several cooperative efforts between Hokkaido University and the University of Iowa.

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