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July 27, 2011

At A Glance

Engineer receives $398,000 grant to study nitrogen cycle and mussels

Anton Kruger, associate professor in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and associate research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience and Engineering, has received a two-year, $398,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, to fund research into an organism-based, biosensing network designed to test river nitrogen cycling on the Mississippi River.

The project involves studying nitrogen levels in the river by determining the health of mussels. Like the proverbial "canary in the coal mine," mussels could perhaps serve as an early warning system for pollutants and sediments in the Mississippi River. As they feed by filtering water, they transfer nutrients from water to the riverbed.

The project will be conducted, in part, at IIHR's Lucille A. Carver Mississippi Riverside Environmental Research Station, located near Muscatine and on the banks of the Mississippi River.

This grant from the Carver Trust was made through the UI Foundation, which is the preferred channel for private support for all areas of the university. To learn more, visit

Learn more about the research station at:


Website invites public comments regarding UI's plans to repair, recover IMU

The University of Iowa has created a website where people can provide comments regarding the UI's plans to repair and recover the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) from the flood of 2008. To view the site, visit
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the UI will also provide two public presentations where citizens can provide input to the UI's plans to repair and recover the IMU from the flood of 2008.
The first meeting is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 23, in Room A of the Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St. The second meeting will be the same day, from 6 to 9 p.m. in MacBride Hall Auditorium on the UI Pentacrest.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend one of these two presentations. Representatives from the UI, Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Division, and FEMA will discuss the process of identification and evaluation of the historic properties on the campus, and the assessment and resolution of adverse effects.
Those unable to attend the meetings may submit comments to FEMA via email at or via postal service to FEMA/Iowa Closeout Center, Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (EHP), 7755 Office Plaza Drive North, Suite 145, Building G, West Des Moines, Iowa 50266.
To view the entire public notice, visit


UIMA to display replicas of famous Grant Wood paintings at Johnson County Fair
Put yourself in one of the most famous paintings in the world — Grant Wood's "American Gothic" — at the Johnson County Fair on Thursday, July 28. The University of Iowa Museum of Art will be at the UI's booth in Building C with a replica of "American Gothic" that will allow fair-goers to put their own faces in place of the famous couple.
In addition, a replica of Wood's "Plaid Sweater," an exceptional painting from the UIMA collection depicting an all-American boy holding a football, will be displayed at the UI booth from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fair-goers will be encouraged to take photos and send them to the UIMA for posting on the museum's website.
For more information about the UIMA, see the website:


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