Lamuta to develop soft robots inspired by cephalopods

Caterina Lamuta has taken a keen interest in cephalopods and has found new ways to mimic their tentacles in the lab for use in underwater vehicles and robots.
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Understanding the True Flood Risks of Tropical Cyclones

New research led by IIHR Director Gabriele Villarini has developed a probabilistic rainfall generator to provide crucial rainfall data for more accurate modeling of tropical cyclones in coastal states.

What’s in Your Water?

IIHR's Zhi and LeFevre took samples and measured chemical composition of a local creek for over three years in an ecological study.
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Whatever the Weather, Casavant Has It Covered

Iowa Flood Center graduate student Libby Casavant presents the IFC weather briefing at IFC weekly meetings, but she spends most of her time mapping the sediment flow through the Kosi River using two- and three-dimensional modeling software.
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Fighting for Climate Action: Schnoor Honored by AEESP

IIHR Research Engineer Jerry Schnoor was selected as the 2021 Association of Environmental Engineering & Science Professors (AEESP) Fellow.
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In Memoriam: Scott Charles Hagen, 1961–2021

University of Iowa and IIHR alumnus and friend Scott C. Hagen died on July 24, 2021, at the age of 60. Hagen was a tireless advocate for IIHR and its programs; he served as a member of the IIHR Advisory Board from 2014–18. He will be profoundly missed.
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Iowa Cousins Pursue Similar Paths as Researchers at Iowa and ISU

It may not be that unusual when multiple people from the same family pursue similar careers. But listening to Brian Hornbuckle and his cousin Keri Hornbuckle talk, it quickly became obvious how much the Iowa cousins admire—and inspire—one another.
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Muste’s Fourth Fulbright to Take Him to Hungary

IIHR Research Engineer Marian Muste will travel to Hungary on his fourth Fulbright Fellowship for the spring semester of 2022.
Fred Stern poses at the wave basin.

Stern and Sanada Receive $1.3M in Grants from the Office of Naval Research

Three new grants from the Office of Naval Research are the latest in a long line of grant support for Professor Frederick Stern.
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Scherer Honored for Faculty Excellence

IIHR Research Engineer Michelle Scherer has received the 2021 Regents Award for Faculty Excellence, one of the University of Iowa’s highest honors for faculty achievement.
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Krajewski Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Iowa Flood Center Director Witold Krajewski has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), one of the highest honors conferred in the field of engineering.
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Research Links Climate Change to Flooding in Iowa

IIHR’s Gabriele Villarini and Wei Zhang (now at Utah State) have connected rising levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere with Iowa’s more frequent flooding.
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Does Less Pollution Mean Less Precipitation?

IIHR researchers Wei Zhang and Gabriele Villarini (IIHR director) have published research linking urban sprawl to an increase in rainfall and flooding during Hurricane Harvey.
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Fighting for Fish

Floyd Nagler founded IIHR, then acted as director for 13 years. One of his most important projects was his work on the flow of the Mississippi river.
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LeFevre Honored by OVPR

IIHR’s Gregory LeFevre won the University of Iowa Office of the Vice President’s Early Career Scholar of the Year Award.
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Row with the Flow: IIHR Flume Supports Hawkeyes

Ten years ago, Iowa athletics opened the new boathouse, home to the Iowa rowing team and a brand new rowing tank designed by IIHR. The tank keeps the rowers in shape and injury-free as they train during the off-season.
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IIHR Gives a Dam About Fish Passage

They may not know it, but millions of salmon in the Pacific Northwest have safely passed through major hydroelectric dams thanks in part to the problem-solving and modeling expertise of the engineers at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering
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Just Receives $1.1M EPA Grant for Water Quality

IIHR’s Craig Just received $1.1 million from the EPA for research on flood reduction and water quality in the Middle Cedar and Clear Creek watersheds, in support of the Iowa Watershed Approach (IWA).
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New Online System Available for Well Owners

The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination, in collaboration with the UI Hydroinformatics Lab and the Iowa Geological Survey, has developed an information system to support the management of private wells in Iowa.
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IIHR Currents Wins Award

The 2017–18 issue of IIHR Currents won the Communicator Award of Excellence from the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts.