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July 21, 2011

At A Glance

Carmichael receives grant to study chemistry and climate over Asia

Greg Carmichael, Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering in the UI College of Engineering and co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research (CGRER), has received a three-year, National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study the impacts of changing climate and chemical emissions on Asia.

The total award of $700,000, including a $167,000 UI portion, will fund a joint project between the UI and the National Center for Atmospheric Research with international partners from India, Japan and China.

The phase one grant will develop a program focused on Asian climate and air quality and their impacts on systems affecting humans, including hydrology, ecosystems, extreme weather events and human health. The long-term goal is to provide a framework for additional detailed studies that would be part of a future comprehensive modeling and measurement project.

As one of the most highly populated and economically dynamic regions in the world, Asia is a region with significant emissions of greenhouse gases, aerosols and other pollutants, which pose high health risks to urban populations.


UIMA executive director named to Iowa Arts Council board of directors

Sean O'Harrow, executive director of the University of Iowa Museum of Art, has been appointed to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Iowa Arts Council. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announced the appointment.

The Iowa Arts Council is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and works to enrich the quality of life for Iowans through support of the arts. The governor selects board members for their knowledge, appreciation and support of the arts and cultural heritage of Iowa.

O'Harrow became UIMA executive director in November of 2010. He previously served as executive director of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport. He holds a doctorate in history of art from the University of Cambridge and an undergraduate degree with honors in history of art from Harvard University.

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