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October, November & December 2012

Fred Stern was recently named the 2012–13 Georg P. Weinblum Memorial Lecturer. The lecture series is sponsored in Germany by the Institut fur Schiffbau of the University of Hamburg, and in the United States by the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, along with the Naval Studies Board of the National Research Council. Stern presented “Computational Ship Hydrodynamics: Opportunities and Challenges” in Hamburg, Germany, on November 21, 2012.

A group of German and American scientists created the lecture series in 1978 to honor Weinblum’s long and distinguished career in education and scientific research, and to recognize individuals who exemplify Weinblum’s spirit and ideals. Georg Weinblum’s important scientific contributions covered several aspects of ship hydrodynamics, including wave-resistance theory, maneuvering, ship motions, and hydrofoils. The lectures are offered for publication in the Journal of Ship Research or Schiffstechnik.

Witold Krajewski earned top recognition from the University of Iowa Graduate College for excellence in mentoring graduate students.  Krajewski, is a co-winner of the 2012 Graduate College Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award in mathematical and physical sciences and engineering.

“This is an award for a body of work. Twenty-five years is a good chunk of time, and I’ve had a pretty good run with my students,” says Krajewski, who joined the UI faculty in 1987.

Krajewski was nominated for the award by  students and colleagues and were honored during a ceremony Nov. 27, at the Levitt Center for University Advancement.


Iowa Now, the University of Iowa’swebsite for news, information, and insights from people and programs throughout our university, has focused two articles on recent activities at IIHR and the Iowa Flood Center.

  • Villarini predicts more intense North American tropical storms — IIHR Assistant Research Engineer Gabriele Villarini expects tropical storms making their way across the North Atlantic and potentially to the East Coast of the United States will likely become more intense during the rest of this century. The research is published in an early online release by the prestigious Journal of Climate, the official publication of the American Meteorological Society.
  • Flood institute for Iowa teachers — More than 30 teachers from flood-affected Iowa communities came to the University of Iowa Nov. 30–Dec. 2 for the “Interdisciplinary Flood Institute for Teachers,” sponsored by the College of Education as part of “Living with Floods,” a collaborative effort between Hancher, College of Education, College of Engineering, the Iowa Flood Center, the Center for Global and Regional Environment Research, the State Hygienic Laboratory at the UI, and iExploreSTEM.


Gabriele Villarini has had a paper published by the prestigious Journal of Climate.

The work, done in collaboration with Gabriel Vecchi, examines projected changes in North Atlantic Power Dissipation (PDI) Index (PDI) using output from 17 state-of-the-art global climate models and three radiative forcing scenarios. The PDI is an index that includes storm intensity, duration, and frequency. They found that PDI is projected to increase in the 21st century in response to both greenhouse gas increases and aerosol changes over the current century. By relating these results to other findings in a paper published in Nature Climate Change, they found that, while the number of storms is not projected to increase, their intensity is.


* The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has presented Gabriele Villarini with the 2013 Division Outstanding Young Scientist Award in the area of Hydrological Sciences. The EGU honored eight individuals with Outstanding Young Scientist Awards for their important contributions to the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. Villarini receives his prize at the 2013 EGU General Assembly in Vienna in April 2013.


Charles Stanier Promotion
The University of Iowa  announced that IIHR Associate Research Engineer Charles O. Stanier has been promoted to the rank of associate professor of chemical and biochemistry engineering.


Funding Awards and Renewals:

Thanos Papanicolaou, Chris Wilson, Doug Schnoebelen, Keith Schilling (Iowa DNR), and Kevin Richards (USGS) were awarded a new grant totaling $154,513 from the U.S. Geological Survey and National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) for “Watershed Scale Water Cycle Dynamics in Intensively Managed Landscapes: Bridging the Knowledge Gap to Support Climate Mitigation Policies.”

Thanos Papanicolaou was also awarded new funding of $149,902 from the National Science Foundation for “Collaborative Research: The Effects of Hydrodynamic and Granular Controls on Bedload Flux.” This is a collaborative project with the University of Pennsylvania.

Thanos Papanicolaou was also awarded a grant of $170,834 from the U.S. Department of Transportation for “Commercial Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Technology Applications Program.” This project is a subaward with collaborators at Arizona State University.

Gabriele Villarini and Iman Mallakpour (PhD candidate) were awarded a two-year IPA (Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program) for $200,000 with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering to participate in research related to non-stationarity and flood frequency estimation and risk management.

Pablo Carrica was awarded supplemental funding of $100,000 from the U.S. Department of Defense (Department of the Navy) for “Air Entrainment Models and CFD Implementation for Marine Applications.”

Anton Kruger was awarded $119,363 from the National Science Foundation for “The Genomic Basis of Budburst in Douglas Fir,” funded as a subaward through Oregon State University. If funded in full, the project will total $203,549.


IIHR Seminars:

“Three Faces of Fracking”
Presented by:  Lawrence C. Murdoch, Professor,  College of Engineering and Science, Clemson University.

“Loci: An Autoparallelizing Framework for Irregular Computations”
Presented by: Edward Luke, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Mississippi State University.

“Modeling channel width selection in meandering rivers”
Presented by: Esther Eke, Ph.D. Candidate in CEE at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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