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A red barn and other farm buildings surrounded by vegetables planted in lush rows.

Planting the Seed: Connecting with the Land and Local History

by Jacqueline Hartling Stolze

In Iowa, we hear a lot about the rural-urban divide. Where we live can color our work, our social lives, our politics, and even our perceptions of ourselves and our neighbors. But near Iowa City, there’s a place for all Iowans, where urban and rural meet in a unique and productive way — the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm.

Three people look down into a hole in the ground

Illuminating the Subsurface

by Jacqueline Hartling Stolze

There’s a lot more going on underground than most of us imagine.

IIHR researcher Jessica Meyer is working to develop new insights on how groundwater moves and innovative ways to characterize its flow. Meyer, an assistant professor in the University of Iowa Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, says that understanding the flow of groundwater can be difficult. “It’s challenging because you can’t observe any of it directly,” she says.

The Germ of an Idea: Research During a Public Health Emergency

Closeup of a coronavirus

The coronavirus. Image by PIRO4D on Pixabay

The Surprising Science of COVID-19

H.S. Udaykumar, a professor of mechanical engineering, is part of a team conducting COVID-19 research to study how long viruses can survive in droplets that land on different surfaces.
Magnified image of air filter fibers.

A scanning electron microscopy close-up of the polystyrene fibers Cwiertny and his colleagues are using.

A Recipe for Better Masks

IIHR Research Engineer David Cwiertny decided to shift his research from water filtration to air filtration materials for use in masks.
Researchers test ventilation in a classroom

Researchers test ventilation in a classroom to determine its safety.

Safer Classrooms

IIHR Research Engineer Charles Stanier was part of an effort to learn which classrooms at the University of Iowa (UI) are the safest for in-person classes.
map of the western United States showing drought conditions in early 2020

Precipitation that fell during February–March 2020 as a percentage of the base period 1981–2010. Large areas of the western United States have been unusually dry. Data source: PRISM Climate Data, Oregon State University

Does Less Pollution Mean Less Precipitation?

A NASA-funded study at IIHR explores connections between reduced air pollution due to COVID-19 and decreases in precipitation in the western United States

Behind the Scenes: Bringing IIHR’s History to Life

A huge water scales was part of the exhibit

This enormous restored Toledo scales was one of a pair used at IIHR for decades.

A River Flowed Through It: IIHR’s Legacy in Fluid Mechanics

Early in 2020, IIHR and the Old Capitol Museum partnered to create a centennial exhibition that celebrates the institute’s important contributions to fluids-related research. Titled “A River Flowed Through It: Iowa’s Legacy in Fluid Mechanics,” the exhibit brings IIHR’s extraordinary history to life through artifacts, storytelling, and historical photos.

Scenes from an Exhibition

Two women canoe down a fast-moving river

Working Hard and Having Fun

Laura Myers has been making life at IIHR more for for almost 20 years.

A young man smiles at the camera while holding a book

Propelled into the Future

By Margot Dick

Mehedi Bappy is studying cavitation modeling to predict the growth and evolution of bubbly wakes.

Black and white image of a 1960s student working on an early IBM computer

Staying Afloat and Learning to Think

IIHR alumnus Fred Locher has some good stories to tell about his student days at the institute.

IIHR Currents Archives

IIHR Currents Archives

Gold Award

Best Annual Report

CASE District V’s “Pride of CASE V,” 2018–19

Award of Excellence

Communicator Awards, 2017–18

Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts

Award of Excellence

Communicator Awards, 2018-19

Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts