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June 2017

IIHR Seminar: Betsy Seiffert

June 8, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Stanley Hydraulics Lab, 127 SHL
Iowa City, IA 52242 United States

Simulation of breaking waves using the High-Order Spectral method Presented By: Betsy Seiffert, Assistant Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University ABSTRACT: We examine the implementation of a wave-breaking mechanism into the non-linear potential flow solver HOS-NWT. This model is a computationally efficient, open source code that solves for the free surface in a numerical wave tank using the High-Order Spectral (HOS) method. To solve for wave-breaking in this model, first a wave-breaking onset parameter is identified,…

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July 2017

Seminar, Vuko Vukcevic

July 6, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Stanley Hydraulics Lab, 127 SHL
Iowa City, IA 52242 United States

Marine and Oshore Hydrodynamics with the Naval Hydro Pack   Presented by, Vuko Vukcevic University of Zagreb, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, Ivana   Abstract: The CFD model in the Naval Hydro pack for marine hydrodynamics is discussed in detail, revealing all relevant numerical modeling details and presenting extensive validation and verification results. The first part of the presentation will focus on unique numerical modeling capabilities in the Naval Hydro pack: Ghost Fluid Method (GFM) for infinitesimally sharp…

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November 2017

Mutel on IPR’s Talk of Iowa

November 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Iowa Public Radio IA United States

Nancy Knowlton (Smithsonian Institution) and IIHR’s Connie Mutel discuss Earth Optimism, a global initiative that focuses on hope and solutions in the conservation movement.

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“Seeking Hope & Resilience on a Changing Planet”

November 16, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
James Kennedy Public Library, 320 1st Ave E
Dyersville, IA United States
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“Seeking Hope and Resilience on a Changing Planet”

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February 2018

Freshwater Mussels to the Rescue?

February 15 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Hancher’s Stanley Cafe, 141 East Park Road
Iowa City, IA 52242 United States
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In Iowa’s waterways, there are millions of freshwater mussels treating nitrogen pollution simply by “eating, peeing, pooping, and puking.” Science and engineering can characterize and quantify this underappreciated ecosystem service which is important to the current public dialogue on how best to clean up Iowa’s surface waters. Since the waste products of freshwater mussel metabolism are food sources for bacteria in sediment, we must also understand how shifts in microbial ecology, ultimately induced by human activities, impact water quality. The exploration of these topics will help determine the relative benefit of restoring mussel habitat toward mitigating Iowa’s nitrogen pollution dilemmas.

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April 2018

Mechanical Engineering & IIHR Graduate Seminar

April 12 @ 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm
3505 Seamans Center

Simulation of the Station-Keeping Behavior of a Prototype Biomimetic UUV under Regular Waves in Shallow Water Presented by Dr. Richard W. Smith At this seminar, Dr. Richard Smith will discuss simulations that were recently performed to investigate the station-keeping behavior and performance of a prototype UUV employing four NRL Gen3(a) biomimetic fins as the control effectors. The primary purpose of the study was to investigate the rigid body dynamics and controllability of an oblate neutrally buoyant UUV attempting to resist the periodic…

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Climate Science & the Environment: What’s Next?

April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Merge, 136 S Dubuque St.
Iowa City, IA 52240 United States
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Environmental challenges come in all shapes and sizes. Leading experts in climate science and environmental research will join WorldCanvass host Joan Kjaer to discuss the most pressing concerns facing Iowans and international efforts to mitigate potentially disastrous effects of climate change and the resulting disruption to populations worldwide. IIHR faculty members Gabriele Villarini, Craig Just, Larry Weber, and Jerald Schnoor—all recognized leaders in their fields—will share current research and discuss policy approaches to environmental challenges in the United States and globally.

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This event is part of Earth Month at the University of Iowa.

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May 2018

Tour of Old Man’s Timber

May 2 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
IA United States

Join us for a tour of Old Man's Timber near Iowa City, 5:30–7:30pm, Apr 10—see wildflowers, timber restoration, & more. Larry Weber will talk about the restoration & the Iowa Watershed Approach. Pre-registration required; space is limited. See for details.

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Epic Rebirth

May 18 @ 4:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Veterans Memorial Building, 50 2nd Ave Bridge
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
Epic Rebirth Poster

Since June 2008, the landscape of Cedar Rapids has experienced a renewal that few could have predicted. Once cited as one of the largest natural disasters in US history, the 2008 flood is now recognized as a turning point in major community development and achievement. Cedar Rapids has become a model for recovery that other cities look to emulate. After ten years of hard work, it’s time to celebrate the spirit that made this an Epic Rebirth. Join The Gazette and…

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June 2018

Iowa’s Glacial History

June 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Big Grove, 1225 S Gilbert St
Iowa City, IA 52240
History at the Grove poster

Iowa’s landscape is a story sculpted by ice. Glaciers thousands of feet high have covered the state multiple times leaving rerouted river channels, massive lakes, and enormous boulders from distant lands. Presented by: Phil Kerr, Geologist, Iowa Geological Survey

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