Gabriele Villarini, Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

“Flooding and Rainfall Associated with Tropical Cyclones” Watch this program!           Rainfall associated with landfalling tropical cyclones plays a crucial role in terms of rainfall extremes and climatology in many areas of the world, from the tropics to the mid-latitudes. The flooding caused by these storms have been responsible for significantContinue reading “Gabriele Villarini, Wednesday, March 13th, 2019”

Keith Sahm, Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

“Saving the World’s Coral Reefs” Watch this video!           For over the last 20 years, Keith has been in a managerial role of Sunset House in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. He is an accomplished diver, strategist, hotelier & marketer. Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, he is aContinue reading “Keith Sahm, Wednesday, February 20th, 2019”

Blake Rupe, February, 6th, 2019

“Plastics in the Oceans” Watch this program        Blake is the Sustainable Water Development Program Coordinator in IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering. She comes to the College of Engineering after a background in startups and conservation.        Blake received her Master’s degree in International Studies and focused her research on the differentContinue reading “Blake Rupe, February, 6th, 2019”

Paul Greenough,Thursday, December 14, 2017

“Chasing Urban Crows in India: A Fool’s Errand to Mend an Environmental Crisis? ” Watch this program! Paul R. Greenough is Emeritus Professor of Modern Indian History and of Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa. He was the Director of the University’s South Asian Studies Program and co-director of the Global HealthContinue reading “Paul Greenough,Thursday, December 14, 2017”

Greg Carmichael, Wednesday, September 20, 2017

“Current Environmental Challenges” Watch this program Gregory R. Carmichael is the Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa and he is the Co-Director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.  Greg also serves as the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research for the College of Engineering.Continue reading “Greg Carmichael, Wednesday, September 20, 2017”

H.S. Udaykumar & Jerry Anthony, Thursday April 13, 2017

“Women’s Health and the Environment: Going Up in Smoke” Watch this program About one-third of the planet’s people use wood every day for fuel. Jerry Anthony and Udaykumar, along with colleagues across the University of Iowa, have been researching causes and consequences of firewood use in the developing world. This talk will focus on theContinue reading “H.S. Udaykumar & Jerry Anthony, Thursday April 13, 2017”

Blake Rupe, Thursday March 2, 2017

“Health, Wealth, and Waste: Social Entrepreneurship in Global Health and Beyond” Watch this program Each person in the U.S., on average, creates 4.6 pounds of waste each day. What happens to that waste? It affects everything we do in several ways, ranging from human health to environmental wellness. This lecture will define the social andContinue reading “Blake Rupe, Thursday March 2, 2017”

Tama Baldwin, Wednesday February 22, 2017

“Landscape in the Anthropocene: The High Arctic in the Time of Climate Change”  Watch this program Tama will speak about the landscapes experienced though her work, which includes a book about wilderness civilizations, a collection of photographs of the far northern biome, as well as bodies of work on the absence of natural darkness andContinue reading “Tama Baldwin, Wednesday February 22, 2017”

Ambassador John Lange, Tuesday October 25, 2016

“Global Health and Sustainable Development” Watch this program From 1991 to 1995 at the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva, Lange managed humanitarian and refugee assistance channeled through international organizations.  He also had tours of duty in the State Department Bureaus of African Affairs, Western Hemisphere Affairs and Management in Washington and at U.S.Continue reading “Ambassador John Lange, Tuesday October 25, 2016”

Craig Just, Tuesday March 29, 2016

“Rural Water Sustainability: Good Intentions Revisited” Watch this program In April 2009, Dr. Craig Just addressed the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council with his talk titled “To Hell With Good Intentions?: Reflections on the Consequences of ‘Saving the World’”. Since then, Dr. Just has continued his work in developing countries, focused mostly on sustainable waterContinue reading “Craig Just, Tuesday March 29, 2016”

Sara Mitchell, Wednesday January 27, 2016

“Cross—Border Troubles? Interstate River Conflicts & Intrastate Violence” Watch this program Sara McLaughlin Mitchell is Professor of Political Science and Department Chair at the University of Iowa.  She received her Ph.D. in Political Science at Michigan State University in 1997 and her B.S degree in Economics and Political Science at Iowa State University in 1991. Continue reading “Sara Mitchell, Wednesday January 27, 2016”

Todd J. Edwards, Tuesday October 20, 2015

“Après Paris: COP21 as the Climate Action Runway” Watch this program Climate change is one of the most complex challenges of our time and there is no answer yet in sight for solving the global commons dilemma before it is too late, now with the critique that the formal international negotiation process reached a gridContinue reading “Todd J. Edwards, Tuesday October 20, 2015”

Eric Tate, Thursday October 8, 2015

“Monsoon Harvests: Water Sustainability & Rainwater Harvesting in South India” Watch this program Rainwater harvesting, a “soft path” approach towards water management, is increasingly recognized as a key strategy for combating food insecurity and water scarcity.  This presentation uses the South India as a case study to explore the social, economic, and environmental dimensions ofContinue reading “Eric Tate, Thursday October 8, 2015”

Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Thursday May 14, 2015

“Foreign Policy Perspective from a New Zealand Point of View” Watch this program Sir Geoffrey Winston Russell Palmer served as the 33rd Prime Minister of New Zealand from August 1989 until September 1990, leading the Fourth Labour Government. He was responsible for major reforms of the country’s legal and constitutional framework, such as the creation of the Constitution Act 1986, NewContinue reading “Sir Geoffrey Palmer, Thursday May 14, 2015”

Margaret Carrel, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“Hungry Planet: Threatened Geographies Of Food” Watch this program  In 2015, 13.1% of people on Earth are undernourished and at risk of starvation. While governments compete for diminishing oil, water, and other resources to fuel their economics, at least 20,000 children a day die from hunger. What we choose to put on our plates is theContinue reading “Margaret Carrel, Wednesday, May 6, 2015”

David Thoreson, Thursday, April 16, 2015

“Navigating the Northwest Passage” Watch this program 18 years ago, sheets of ice made the Northwest Passage impassable for David Thoreson and his sailing crew. However, global rises in air and water temperatures as a result of humankind-powered changes in climate have since made this area (and others) accessible to transit, and just five yearsContinue reading “David Thoreson, Thursday, April 16, 2015”

Renu Pariyadath, Thursday, March 5, 2015

 “Bhopal (1984 – ?): The 30th Anniversary and the Ongoing Disaster” Watch this program Thirty years after Methyl IsoCyanate (MIC) leaked from the Union Carbide (now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company) pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, the disaster has claimed over 25,000 lives and over 150,000 people are chronically ill. Water and soil contaminationContinue reading “Renu Pariyadath, Thursday, March 5, 2015”

Jerry Shnoor, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

“Environmental, Economic & Social Impacts of the Transoceanic Canal in Nicaragua” Watch this program The Nicaraguan government awarded a concession to build an inter-oceanic canal to a Hong Kong based company owned by a little-known Chinese billionaire. This concession was given without bidding, or completion of impact assessments. The project may damage regional biodiversity and rareContinue reading “Jerry Shnoor, Wednesday, February 18, 2015”

Rob Hogg, Thursday, October 30, 2014

 “Climate & Sustainability: The Defining Challenge of Our Century” Watch this program  According to NASA and the National Climate Data Center, August 2014 has gone in the record books on a world-wide scale as the hottest August to ever be  recorded.  Climate change is a pressing issue that requires national action by the United States and internationalContinue reading “Rob Hogg, Thursday, October 30, 2014”

Elizabeth Bowen, September 9, 2014

“Climate Change in the Arctic Region specific Challenges” Watch this program The issue of climate change is something we all hear about, but nowhere is it more of a reality than in the Arctic. The Arctic is warming at twice the rate of the rest of the planet, with devastating consequences for the people and animalsContinue reading “Elizabeth Bowen, September 9, 2014”