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 http://www.uifoundation.org.
Learn more about the research station at: http://www.iihr.uiowa.edu/lacmrers/.
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 http://facilities.uiowa.edu/imu-flood-recovery.htm.
UIMA to display replicas of famous Grant Wood paintings at Johnson County Fair
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