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Iowa Climate Festival

Event Details

April 26, 2014 9:00 AM
Location: University of Iowa Museum of Natural History
17 N. Clinton St.
Iowa City, Iowa
Contact Name: Sarah Horgen
Email: sarah-horgen@uiowa.edu
Phone: 319-335-0606
Website: http://iowa.sites.acs.org/climate.htm

Event Description

Schedule of Events
The Iowa Climate Symposium
9:00am – 12:30pm, Macbride Hall (2nd Floor)
Session 1: The basics of climate science
Join local experts as they discuss greenhouse gases, particles in the air, and their effects on climate. Featured presenters include:
Vicki Grassian (UI Department of Chemistry)
Charles Stanier (UI Chemical & Biochemical Engineering)
Marnie Stein (Iowa Department of Natural Resources)
Session 2: What does the future hold for climate in Iowa?
Distinguished speakers will discuss what a changing climate will mean for Iowa as we look towards the future. Issues related to agriculture, water sustainability, public health, and Iowa’s potential as an energy producer will be discussed.
Jerry Hatfield (USDA)
Wanda Reiter-Kintz (State Hygienic Laboratory)
Jerry Schnoor (UI Civil and Environmental Engineering)
Following each session, speakers will take questions from the audience. Between the two sessions, we will break for further discussion, coffee, and juice.
Climate Science Fair
1:30 – 4:00 pm, Biosphere Discovery Hub (3rd Floor)
Explore climate science through hands-on experiments at the Climate Science Fair. Learn what makes a gas a greenhouse gas, how clouds form, how particles in the air cool the earth, what your carbon footprint means for the ocean, and more! Bring your questions to local climate researchers and green chemists, learn how to reduce your environmental impact, and join us for an ice cream social!
“Heat waves & Big freezes! Climate, Extinction & the Fossil Record”
2:00 – 3:00pm, Macbride Hall (2nd Floor)
Explore prehistoric climates through fossils with Don Johnson, “The Fossil Guy”. A 30-minute talk (geared towards elementary students) will be followed by 30 minutes of hands-on interactive time with fossils and replicas.
All events are free and open to the public. Please register here.
The Iowa Climate Festival is made possible by a Climate Science Challenge Grant from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and is hosted by the Iowa section of the ACS in partnership with the University of Iowa Department of Chemistry, Museum of Natural History, and City of Iowa City.