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July & August 2010

Iowa Flood Center Receives Funding

The Iowa Flood Center (IFC) a recently received a one-year, $1.3 million renewal appropriation from the Iowa Legislature to fund its fiscal 2011 operations.

In addition, the IFC received a four-year, $10 million contract from the Department of Natural Resources under a Community Development Block Grant Program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to conduct the Iowa Floodplain Mapping Project.

The continued funding of the one-year-old center is much needed and very welcome, said IFC Director Witold Krajewski, and the Iowa Floodplain Mapping Project will allow individuals, businesses, and communities across the state to better identify their flood risks. (more)

Wind Turbine Installed on Campus

Workers installed a 2.4-kilowatt wind turbine on the University of Iowa campus recently, part of a national trend of using the devices as educational tools.

The UI’s 37-foot structure, similar to those built at other universities, will provide training for students in an experimental engineering class. (more)

Staff News

Congratulations to Twila Meder, who retired on Aug. 6 after 24 great years with IIHR. She will now have time to travel with her husband Tom, and to enjoy time with her children and grandchildren.

Funding Awards and Renewals

  • Nate Young, Witek Krajewski, and Larry Weber were awarded a $10M contract by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to develop floodplain maps for the 85 Iowa counties declared federal disaster areas in 2008. This is a four-year project.
  • Michelle Scherer was awarded a grant for $592,229 from the National Science Foundation for “Linking Molecular Scale Surface Speciation to Interfacial Fe Redox Chemistry.”
  • Fred Stern was awarded a subcontract for up to $828,270 over five years with the University of Michigan (DoD is prime) for “Creation of the Naval Engineering Education Consortium (NEEC).”
  • Fred Stern was awarded a contract for $25,000 with All American Marine for “Analysis of Catamaran Hull for All American Marine.”
  • Michelle Scherer was also awarded a grant for $159,663 from Argonne National Laboratory, the Department of Energy, for a collaborative research project with the lab.


Congratulations to IIHR student and SIIHR President Adam Nielson and wife Amanda on the birth of their twin boys. The boys were born on Friday, July 9, 2010; Austin James Nielsen was born at 2:49 p.m. weighing 5 lbs., 10 oz., and measuring 18 inches long. Bentley Kevin Nielsen was born at 2:50 p.m., weighing in at 6 lbs., 8.4 oz., and measuring 19 inches long.

Alumni News

IIHR alumnus Casey Kramer (MS  ’05) and his wife Cindy welcomed their new baby girl, Kayla Elizabeth Kramer, on July 7 at  around 1:30 p.m. She weighed 7 lbs, and was 19.25 inches long. Both baby and Mom are doing great and glad to be back home! Son Conner is very happy to be a new big brother.

With Sorrow

James (Jim) Clement Dooge (MS, Mechanics & Hydraulics, ’56), died at his home in Monkstown, County Dublin, Ireland, on Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. Full Tribute

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