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July / August 2011

The 34th IAHR World Congress of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR) was held in Brisbane, Australia from 26 June until 1 July 2011. Images from the IIHR breakfast to the right.
For access to the official conference website: http://www.iahr2011.org/

Marian Muste, was elected to the position of vice president of the International Association for the Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR), effective July 1, 2011.
IAHR, founded in 1935, is a worldwide independent organization of engineers and water specialists working in fields related to the hydro-environmental sciences and their practical application.
Muste joined IAHR in 1995, serving as secretary (1999–2001) and chair (2001–07) of the Hydraulic Instrumentation Section. He also acted as IAHR liaison for IAHR-ASCE Hydraulic Measurement and Experimental Methods Conferences (2002, 2007). Since 2007, Muste has served as IAHR council member in charge of Student Chapter (SC) coordination and chair of the NexGen Task Force, focused on capacity building.
Muste will continue his efforts with IAHR in the Innovation and Professional Development Division.

 

Anton Kruger, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and Pablo Carrica of mechanical and industrial engineering were granted tenure.

 

The Iowa Flood Center Welcomes Call to Develop National Flood Center

Iowa Flood Center (IFC) researchers at the University of Iowa are welcoming a legislative proposal to develop a federally funded National Flood Center.

On June 23, U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack introduced HR 2330 — the National Flood Research and Education Act — to promote greater understanding of the causes of flooding and advance flood research. The proposal would create a National Flood Research and Education Consortium including many federal, state and local organizations under the leadership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as a National Flood Center at “an institution of higher education that has significant expertise and experience in examining flood-related issues.”

IFC Director Witold Krajewski said the proposal and the National Flood Center in particular would benefit the entire nation by reducing the time and money needed to put research findings into action.

“Our nation continues to experience devastating losses from flooding every year,” said Krajewski. “The National Flood Research and Education Act and the National Flood Center that it creates will benefit our nation by significantly shortening the path from flood research to implementation of results, thus greatly improving our nation’s resiliency to flooding.”

Larry Weber, director of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, added, “If chosen to host the National Flood Center, the  University of Iowa and the Iowa Flood Center have the experience and expertise to make a significant positive impact on how our nation prepares for and responds to flooding.”

The two-year-old Iowa Flood Center has accomplished much during its brief tenure. A part of IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering in the UI College of Engineering, it was founded to improve the prediction and monitoring of floods in Iowa and has brought engineering and scientific expertise to bear on a number of flood-related projects.

Collaborating with government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and Iowa communities, the IFC is helping Iowans prepare for and live with floods.

Currently, IFC researchers, in cooperation with the UI’s Operator Performance Laboratory, are gathering high-resolution photographs of Missouri River floodwaters as they flood Iowa’s western border. The goal is to determine the boundaries of inundated areas and compare these with existing floodplain maps. The improved maps will help Iowans know what to expect during future floods.

In addition to western Iowa research, the center already has information systems ready for use by Iowans.

For example, the center has constructed web-based flood maps for several Iowa communities. IFC researchers use bathymetric surveys and aerial LiDAR data to create detailed flood inundation maps. The high-resolution models can illustrate the extent of flooding under different conditions.  An interactive Google Maps-based online application allows Iowans to see how predicted flood levels could affect their property and make informed decisions.

The maps are available at www.iowafloodcenter.org. Once there, click on “IFIS.”

 

Funding Awards and Renewals:

 Jerald Schnoor, Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering and faculty research engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering, received $25,000 award from the City of Dubuque for “Sustainable Dubuque Watershed Network: A partnership of The University of Iowa and the City of Dubuque.”

Anton Kruger, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and associate research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, has received a two-year, $398,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, to fund research into an organism-based, biosensing network designed to test river nitrogen cycling on the Mississippi River.

Thanos Papanicolaou, received $30,000 from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture for “Exploring the role of multifunctional agriculture on the future of agriculture and rural development.

 

Seminars:

Keith Schilling, research geologist with the Iowa DNR-Geological and Water Survey, will present, “Land Use Change and Water Quality: How Long Does it Take Before Improvements are Seen?”

 

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