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UI offers first course on winter highways this fall over the ICN
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Salt, sand and snowplows -- they may not be a few
of Iowans' favorite winter things, but a new University of Iowa class being
offered statewide may give motorists a better appreciation for what it
takes to keep roads safe for winter driving.
"Winter Highway Maintenance" is the first course of its kind
designed to provide an overview of the state of the art in keeping roads
passable and to offer a practical and theoretical understanding of the
decisions that have to be made in keeping the roads clear.
The course, one of several credit courses offered by the UI over the
Iowa Communications Network (ICN) this fall, will be taught by Wilfrid
Nixon, professor of civil and environmental engineering and one of the
world's leading experts on ice and its properties.
"One of the goals of the course is to help move winter highway
maintenance from being an art to being a science," Nixon says. "We
want to present the science behind some of the techniques and see if there
are better ways of maintaining highways during the winter."
"Winter Highway Maintenance" is an upper-level, three-credit-hour
class offered through the College of Engineering. The course meets from
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, beginning Aug. 27 until Dec. 17 at these
sites: Ames, Council Bluffs, Davenport, Sioux City, Waterloo and the UI.
Designed for practicing state, county and city engineers, as well as
for graduate students and advanced undergraduates interested in civil engineering
careers, the course will cover such topics as how -- and when -- ice-melting
chemicals work; the aerodynamics of plowing snow; dealing with drifting
and blowing snow; snow fence design; weather forecasting information and
how those resources are used to make roads safer.
Nixon says several public universities offer two-day workshops on snow
removal and highway maintenance for practicing engineers, but he says the
UI course is the first offered on a semester basis and available for university
The course also reflects a trend in civil engineering curricula around
the country as programs start to pay more attention to highway maintenance,
"In the past a lot of the focus has been on highway design, on
building new and better roads," Nixon says. "Now the focus has
shifted a little bit to questions of, 'How do we maintain those roads?'
It's a different task."
The class is one of several credit courses offered by the UI Division
of Continuing Education, the UI colleges of Engineering, Education, Liberal
Arts and Nursing over the ICN. The system allows students at all sites
to see, hear and talk with the instructor leading the class and with students
at all sites.
Courses offered on the ICN are intended for students with an educational,
professional or personal interest in the topics covered. Courses meet requirements
for the Iowa Regents Universities' Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree
and are available for graduate credit as well as professional development
People interested in enrolling do not need to be registered in a UI
program to take classes.
Tuition is $112 a credit hour for undergraduates and $176 an hour for
Other ICN courses this fall include offerings in education, nursing,
engineering and library and information science.
For more information, contact the Center for Credit Programs, the University
of Iowa, 116 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242; call toll-free:
1-800-272-6430; fax: (319) 335-2001; email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
World Wide Web: http://www.uiowa.edu/~ccp