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A Story of Flood Preparedness

Posted on June 18th, 2015

by Shianne Gruss Living in Iowa means living with floods, and historically that has led to loss of property, farmland and even life. Today, however, Iowans have the resources of the Iowa Flood Center behind them, providing information that was unavailable in 2008 or in 1993. Where will the floodwaters go? Will my house be flooded? […]

Paul Dierking: The Inquisitive Engineer

Posted on May 20th, 2014

According to Paul Dierking’s parents, he was the kind of kid who asked “how?” and “why?” … a lot. That inquisitive nature has taken Dierking from the family farm to a career in water resources engineering with a major engineering consulting firm. Dierking, an IIHR alumnus and a member of the institute’s Advisory Board, says […]

Jacob Odgaard: Making an Impact

Posted on November 13th, 2013

One phone call has been known to change history. For IIHR Research Engineer Jacob Odgaard, such a call changed his life. Odgaard was traveling worldwide through his work for the Danish Hydraulics Institute (DHI), and these travels brought him to Cal Tech, where he had been invited to present a seminar. Then-IIHR Director Jack Kennedy […]

Working the Numbers

Posted on November 13th, 2013

For IIHR Assistant Research Engineer Gabriele Villarini, the flood that struck Iowa City in 2008 led him to a new interest in extreme weather events. The flood also affected him in a more personal way. The rising waters hit just as he was preparing for his PhD defense, and all university buildings were closed. He […]

IIHR students help out on-campus sandbagging efforts.

Flood 2013: IIHR Updates

Posted on May 31st, 2013

IIHR has a front-row seat for the ongoing flood of the Iowa River. With this entry, we begin a blog of IIHR’s flood-related actions and activities.

IIHR Postdoc Andres Martinez.

IIHR Researchers Find Toxic PCBs

Posted on December 5th, 2011

IIHR researchers report dangerously high levels of toxic PCBs in the deep sediments lining the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal (IHSC) in East Chicago, Ind. They say the discovery is cause for concern.

Rachel Yucuis (foreground) and Zach Rodenburg complete safety training in preparation for a research cruise on Lake Michigan.

PCBs: Dredging Up a Problem

Posted on May 11th, 2011

For more than a century, toxins generated by heavy industry settled to the bottom of the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal (IHSC) in East Chicago, Ind., creating thick sludgy mud that is home to everything from heavy metals to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced plans to dredge the canal, but the plan raises questions for scientists.

Understanding PCBs

Posted on January 18th, 2011

Photo Gallery: A Research Cruise on Lake Michigan For more than a hundred years, toxins generated by heavy industry in East Chicago, Ind., settled to the bottom of the Indiana Harbor and Ship Canal (IHSC), creating a deep layer of thick sludgy mud that is home to everything from heavy metals to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). […]

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