Johnathan Culpepper stands in a lab wearing purple gloves and a lab coat
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My Lab, My Canvas

Johnathan Culpepper, along with most of his family, was born with a love for art. And he’s quite good at it, even selling paintings to fund his undergraduate education at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (MEC-CUNY). However, growing up on the coast in Trinidad and Tobago also helped nurture a love for the environment—and for science.
Cover of Sugar Creek Chronicle by Connie Mutel with birds on plants
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Feeling Climate Change

Connie Mutel’s new book, A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland, will entice readers to learn more about climate change — even if they don’t really want to.
IIHR Currents Cover 2015 showing a wave of water inside a transparent globe of the world
Atmospheric "river"- five images of the United States with a colorful weather overlay
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Atmospheric Rivers Linked to a Wet December

New research points to atmospheric rivers as a likely trigger of major rainfall events, like the one that overflowed the Mississippi's banks last December.
Aerial View of the wave basin
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U.S. DOE Wave Energy Prize Comes to IIHR

The IIHR Wave Basin at the University of Iowa is one of just five testing facilities selected for the U.S. Department of Energy's Wave Energy Prize competition.
Gabrielle Villarini stands next to a lamp post with a photo of himself featured at the top
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Downtown Banners Feature IIHR Researchers

Two familiar faces, Dan Ceynar and Gabriele Villarini, have been featured in the new Dare to Discover banner project, organized by the UI Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.
An old map
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IGS Maps Show Iowa Counties What Lies Beneath

William Smith, the “father of English geology,” wasn’t the only geologist to create a map to change the world. Read about how geologists at the Iowa Geological Survey are creating new, geologic maps for the state even today.
Aerial view of a five story, red brick builting near a river and a dam.
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IIHR’s Year In Review

2015 was a big year at IIHR. In case you missed it...
Volunteers help clean up the Iowa River.
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A Chilly River Clean-up

Oct. 17 marked the fourth year that staff, students, and community members have joined hands to help keep Iowa City's portion of the river beautiful.
The 2015 corn monument presides over Homecoming festivities on the UI campus.
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It’s Back! An Iowa Tradition Lives On

Engineering students at the University of Iowa have brought back a beloved tradition (with a little help from their faculty advisors) — the Iowa corn monument.
An illustration of a pentecopterus.
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Researchers Find Giant Fossilized Sea Scorpion

IGS researchers have uncovered fossils of Pentecopterus, an ancient six-foot scorpion-like sea creature named after an ancient Greek warship. (Illustration by Patrick Lynch/Yale University)
A volunteer rolls a tire out of the Iowa River
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River Clean-ups: An IIHR Service Tradition

IIHR faculty, staff, and students continue to participate in river clean-ups like Project AWARE, which celebrated its 13th year this July on the Wapsipinicon River.
Yibing Su poses with herky.
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A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Flooding

Undergraduate researcher Yibing Su traveled halfway around the world to study water resources, right after a major flood struck her hometown of Beijing.
One of Iowa’s constructed nutrient-reduction wetlands, which researchers hope will reduce nutrient runoff to the state’s rivers and streams, as well as the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Adam Kiel, Iowa Soybean Association
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Wetlands Improve Iowa’s Water Quality

The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) develops wetlands designed to remove nitrate-nitrogen from agricultural drainage water in strategic locations.
Villarini, Teaching with IFIS on the smartboard
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Teaching How to Teach Climate Science

A recent University of Iowa STEM workshop, “Hot Topic: Climate & Iowa,” brought together teachers from across the state to address issues related to teaching about climate change.
Kelli_core- a woman sits on the ground surrounded by corn husks
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Digging for Adventure

IIHR researcher and University of Iowa alumna Kelli Parsons traveled the country before returning to the UI as a graduate student, where she studies human impact on the land through soil.
Two men stand in the water at the IIHR wave basin
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Sanada Improves Visualization for Ship Hydro

IIHR's Yugo Sanada is using reflected light to help researchers better visualize the water surface for advanced ship hydrodynamics research.
A person works on a model that appears to be a red rocket
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Aiming High by Reaching Out

The IIHR Wind Tunnel Annex welcomed a different crowd recently—the Cedar Falls High School Rocket Club, which is competing in the upcoming Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), the world’s largest student rocket contest.
Tim Mattes stands in front of the Iowa River
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Clues to Climate Change History

IIHR Associate Research Engineer Tim Mattes is part of a research team that has found clues to Earth's climate change history in a Chilean lake.
IIHR Currents Cover from 2014-15 featuring a group of researchers standing in a river next to a water quality sensor
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IIHR Currents: Water touches everything

The new issues of IIHR Currents is on its way!