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Dec. 23, 2008

Weber appointed to Green Chair in Hydraulics

The University of Iowa College of Engineering has appointed Larry J. Weber, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, the Edwin B. Green Chair in Hydraulics.

The named chair honors UI alumnus and journalism graduate Edwin B. Green and is supported by income from the Edwin B. Green Endowment Fund at the UI Foundation.

Weber earned his bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1989 and his master's degree and doctorate in civil and environmental engineering - all from the UI -- in 1990 and 1993, respectively. He joined the UI faculty in 1996.

His research expertise includes ecological and fluid mechanics models, fish passage facilities, environmental hydraulics, hydraulic structures, river restoration and sustainable water resources. Since 1990, UI researchers, currently led by Weber, have received some $25 million to study how Pacific Northwest salmon can co-exist with hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River.

In 2004, Weber was appointed director of IIHR, the nation's premier and oldest fluids research and engineering laboratory, carrying on a legacy of internationally distinguished former IIHR directors including Floyd Nagler, Hunter Rouse, John F. Kennedy, and V.C. Patel. Weber oversees the three major areas that comprise IIHR: water and air resources, environmental hydraulics, and fluid mechanics.

Recently he was appointed a member of Iowa Gov. Chet Culver's Floodplain Management and Hazard Mitigation Task Force in the aftermath of the 2008 Midwest floods.

Edwin Green, who earned a UI bachelor's degree in journalism in 1929, became a long-time supporter of the arts, the medical community, and journalism. His generosity has impacted UI endowed professorships and fellowships, University Libraries, Iowa Hall in the Museum of Natural History and scholarships to help school children attend educational and recreational programs and summer camps.

During his time at Iowa, Green worked as an editorial and advertising staff member of The Daily Iowan. After graduating from the UI, he joined the Iowa City Press-Citizen, later serving as managing editor for 32 years until his retirement in 1966.

Over the years and before his death in 1988, Green was an exceptional friend of the UI Museum of Art, lending works from his collection of Grant Wood's art. In 1985, he made an outright donation of "Sketch for Herbert Hoover's Birthplace," which has been called one of the most important Wood drawings in existence. Also, through his efforts, the Wood painting "Plaid Sweater" was donated to the university.

Green's generosity also extended to the UI Department of Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Research Center, along with the Lewis E. January Learning Resources Unit and the School of Journalism. Green helped in a campaign to establish a distinguished lectureship series in tribute to long-time School of Journalism director Les Moeller.

One of 11 colleges on the UI campus, the College of Engineering teaches disciplines in biomedical, chemical and biochemical, civil and environmental, electrical and computer, industrial and mechanical engineering. The college excels internationally in several specialty and interdisciplinary research areas, such as computer-aided design and simulation, human factors, environmental health solutions, biotechnology, medical imaging, hydraulics and water/air resources, photopolymerization, and nanoscience and nanotechnology. All six engineering programs have close teaching and research ties with the five UI health sciences colleges.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

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