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A Tale of Two Conferences

Posted on July 11th, 2014

Iowa City will play host to two major conferences the week of August 18: EmCon 2014, and the National Hydraulic Engineering Conference 2014. IIHR is a sponsor of both conferences, and many of the institute’s faculty, staff, and students are involved in the conference events. Please help us make these visitors to campus feel welcome when you have the opportunity to interact with them!

EmCon 2014

EmCon PhotoThe Fourth International Conference on Occurrence, Fate, Effects, & Analysis of Emerging Contaminants in the Environment takes place on the University of Iowa campus from August 19–22. IIHR faculty members David Cwiertny and Keri Hornbuckle serve on the EmCon Scientific and Organizing Committee.

Emerging contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, hormones, personal care products, nanoparticles, and their myriad of degradation products, have become a worldwide environmental issue and a rapidly expanding research area. Complex mixtures of emerging contaminants have been documented in many aquatic and terrestrial environmental compartments, including plant and animal tissues and drinking water.

Emerging contaminants have been associated with significant environmental impacts and dramatic effects, such as the feminization of fish and the catastrophic decline of vulture populations in Asia. In addition, subtle chronic and behavioral effects, such as altered swimming behavior in amphipods, slowed reaction to a predator stimulus, and suppressed algal growth have also been documented.

Emerging contaminants present numerous challenges for scientists, engineers, regulators, and the public.

National Hydraulic Engineering Conference 2014

NHEC 2014: Designing Sustainable Infrastructure in a Changing Environment is also taking place at the Sheraton in Iowa City from August 19–22. The program focuses on sustainability in the design of infrastructure in a rapidly changing environment. Presenters will discuss a wide variety of issues, many of which center on transportation-related subjects.

Wave Basin 015A field trip on Wednesday afternoon will take participants on a tour of some of IIHR’s research facilities, including the Model Annex, Oakdale Hydraulic Facility Two, the Wind Tunnel Annex, and the Wave Basin. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a number of IIHR’s hydraulic models and research projects in action.

IIHR Director Larry Weber will be presenting the keynote address on Tuesday, August 19, at 1:30 p.m. Other IIHR presenters include LACMRERS Director Doug Schnoebelen, graduate student John Thomas, and alumnus Casey Kramer.

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