Barry Butler, July 9, 2014

“Wind Energy: A Global View as Seen from Iowa” Watch this program here Wind is an increasing source of renewable energy, both domestically and internationally. In recent years, 30-40% of all new electric generating capacity constructed in the U.S. has involved wind energy. Texas, Iowa and California lead the U.S. in wind energy production, butContinue reading “Barry Butler, July 9, 2014”

Gregory Carmichael, March 27, 2014

“The Globalization of Air Pollution: Implications for Our Air, Water, and Food Quality” Watch this program here. Gregory R. Carmichael, is the Karl Kammermeyer Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the University of Iowa.  He is internationally known for work on international air pollution concerns. Carmichael’s studies have led to greater understanding of problems related toContinue reading “Gregory Carmichael, March 27, 2014”

Robert Libra, February 27, 2014

“Fracking for Energy: Promises, Perils, Perceptions” Watch the program here. The technology called Hydraulic Fracturing – often termed “Fracking” – refers to the high-pressure injection of water and other materials deep underground to break rock and release hydrocarbons. Fracking has led to a boom in the production of natural gas and oil, but has alsoContinue reading “Robert Libra, February 27, 2014”

Drew Kitchen, February 6, 2014

“The Co-Evolution of Humans and Pathogens” Watch the program here. Pathogens and parasites have evolved in intimate relationships with their human hosts, and have often played central roles in human population history.  Notably, human pathogens evolve with surprising rapidity, quickly exploiting novel niches introduced by shifts in human behavior or ecology.  In this talk, DrewContinue reading “Drew Kitchen, February 6, 2014”

Maureen “Micki” McCue, December 5, 2013

“Health and Human Rights in the Shadow of Fukushima” Watch the program here. The triple disaster at Fukushima did not have a simple beginning, middle or end.  Tensions, misunderstandings, and lack of consensus between political, economic, scientific, and social interests began long before the disaster and continue unabated almost 3 years later.  Populations in, around andContinue reading “Maureen “Micki” McCue, December 5, 2013″

Tyler Priest, November 20, 2013

“40th Anniversary:The 1973 Oil Embargo and its Aftermath” Watch the program here. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the 1973 oil crisis or “shock.” The shock is mainly remembered for the Arab oil embargo imposed in the fall of 1973, but there were underlying structural problems within the oil industry that turned the embargo into aContinue reading “Tyler Priest, November 20, 2013”

Prof. Em. Burns Weston, October 29, 2013

“Green Governance: Ecological Stewardship through Human Rights and the Commons” Watch the program here. The vast majority of the world’s scientists agree:  We have reached a point in history where we are in grave danger of destroying Earth’s life-sustaining capacity.  But our attempts to protect natural ecosystems are increasingly ineffective because our very conception of theContinue reading “Prof. Em. Burns Weston, October 29, 2013”

Prof. Jon Carlson, September 10, 2013

“Reining in Phaeton’s Chariot: Principles for the Governance of Climate” Watch the program here. Climate engineering is generally defined as the deliberate modification of large-scale Earth systems in order to change the climate.  The most widely discussed form of climate engineering is the injection of particles into the stratosphere to block sunlight and cool theContinue reading “Prof. Jon Carlson, September 10, 2013”

Prof. Gary Gleason, August 22, 2013

“An Iowa Solution to Malnutrition in Malawi, Zambia, and Rwanda” Watch the program here. Children in Malawi, Zambia, and Rwanda are suffering from malnutrition. As a major agricultural state, Iowa has the resources, techniques, and experience to assist in such countries. The talk will focus on a range of communication supports for “Scaling Up Nutrition” (orContinue reading “Prof. Gary Gleason, August 22, 2013”

Prof. Jerry Schnoor, February 19, 2013

“The Global Environment and Climate Change” Watch the program here. Humanity must collectively come to terms with the fact that global climate change has already arrived. The question that must now be answered is what can mankind do about it? Jerry Schnoor, who holds the Henry S. Allen Chair of Engineering at the University ofContinue reading “Prof. Jerry Schnoor, February 19, 2013”

John Seager, November 2, 2012

“World Population – Seven Billion and Growing Rapidly” Watch the program here. Rapid population growth impacts all areas of human life and the environment. Serious social problems are also exacerbated by rapid population growth. It is very difficult—if not impossible—for families to climb out of poverty when couples begin childbearing early and have more childrenContinue reading “John Seager, November 2, 2012”

Prof. Jeff Hoover, October 29, 2012

“Conflict Minerals and the Ongoing Agony of Eastern Congo” Watch the program here. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has a reputation as a failed state and a bottomless quagmire. There are many Congolese realities, however, separated by geographical factors, and some parts of the Congo are doing quite well at the current time. ProfessorContinue reading “Prof. Jeff Hoover, October 29, 2012”