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Currents Flows On

Posted on April 3rd, 2020

by Margot Dick

A magazine cover and a silver and blue award plaqueIIHR faculty, staff, students, and alumni already have plenty to be proud of, thanks to the institute’s status as an international leader in the research and study of hydroscience. Now, however, they have one more thing to which they can point with pride.

IIHR’s annual magazine, IIHR Currents, has brought home honors from two external awards programs in the last year. District V of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) presented IIHR Currents with its gold award in the Best Annual Report Category of the “Pride of CASE V” awards program. IIHR Currents also earned a top award in the international Communicator Awards program, which is sanctioned and judged by the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts.

Gold awards statuette

The Gold Communicator Award.

Launched in 2010, IIHR Currents features stories about the research, people, and history of IIHR. The year 2020 marks a watershed year for Currents, now entering its 10th year of publication with an issue celebrating the IIHR centennial.

“I often think of myself as the IIHR’s storyteller-in-chief, and I can’t think of a better job anywhere,” says Currents editor Jackie Hartling Stolze. “I don’t do it alone, though,” she says. “Currents is a team effort!” The Currents team includes leadership from IIHR Director Gabriele Villarini and Director of Development and Communications Carmen Langel, as well as the amazing contributions of: graphic designer Robyn Hepker of Benson & Hepker Design ; photographer Aneta Goska (who also scanned thousands of archival photos); and IIHR’s dedicated and talented student employees: Emilie Wilson, Lyndi Kiple, and Margot Dick.

After its birth in 2010, IIHR Currents quickly expanded from the first year’s 25 pages to the most recent issue with a whopping 55 pages detailing the last century of work at IIHR. For the first time in its history, Currents features an issue-long timeline starting with the creation of the Burlington Street Dam in 1906 and ending with the announcement of IIHR’s centennial celebrations beginning in August 2020.

The timeline follows the story of IIHR, from its first director—Floyd Nagler—through building expansions, river modeling, exchange programs, and more along with notable global events. Century-old photographs accompany the dates, bringing the timeline to life. As part of a research institution, IIHR has photos documenting everything from the original one-room building to old models that have been lost to time.

“I just think it’s kind of fascinating to look at these old photos and you see the people looking back at you and they look you in the eye,” Stolze says. “What they did all those years ago is still important, and we’re still remembering it,”

IIHR’s story starts in 1920 with the foundation of the first iteration of the hydraulics lab. The lab has stayed in the same spot for 100 years, though a much larger building sits there today. The original construction was a 22-by-22-foot room with a removable floor for experiments in the river running below. The timeline includes photos along with descriptions, including pictures from construction that very first year.

A magazine open to the center page

The timeline goes on to detail the accomplishments of the directors, large research projects, group photos, and finally the introduction to the upcoming celebrations in 2020. Stolze hopes the wide variety of photos and concise text create the feel of a scrapbook, something you can page through, read from, and pick up where you left off. The scrapbook look with a modern twist plays on the feel of IIHR as an organization—an old style with modern ideas and innovation.

An enormous thank you to Connie Mutel for her research and for her book, Flowing Through Time. Without her, this year’s Currents would not have been possible.

Please contact IIHR to let us know what you think of this year’s Currents—we would love to hear from you!

Read IIHR Currents online or email us to receive a print copy.

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