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April 19, 2006

UI Engineering Caterpillar Colloquium On Water Policy Scheduled April 27

Dr. Gerald Galloway, the Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park, will deliver a Caterpillar Colloquium Series Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in Room 1505 of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa.

The lecture, titled "In Search of National Water Policy: Learning from Katrina, Dry Canals, and Pallid Sturgeon" and hosted by the UI College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is free and open to the public.

Galloway will discuss how the United States is operating virtually without a national water policy. "Hurricane Katrina pointed out the catastrophic nature of one aspect of our approach to water and the need, in the reconstruction of southern Louisiana, to deal with water in a more comprehensive manner," he says. "Couple Katrina with on-going conflicts across the country over water use in major river basins and the steady decline in the population of sentinel species such as the Pacific salmon and the pallid sturgeon of the Missouri River and the national approach to water appears rudderless."

Galloway, who maintains a joint appointment as an affiliate professor in the  School of Public Policy, has research interests in water resources policy and engineering. He earned a bachelor's degree from the U.S. Military Academy, a master's degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and doctorate in water resources geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Caterpillar Colloquium Series is made possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact in advance the UI College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at 319-335-5647.

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