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Centers and Institutes

Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research

Gregory R. Carmichael and Jerald L. Schnoor are co-directors. CGRER studies aspects of global environmental change, including the regional effects on natural ecosystems, environments, and resources, and on human health, culture and social systems.

Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination

Gene F. Parkin is director.  CHEEC is a multidisciplinary environmental health research center dedicated to supporting and conducting research to identify, measure and prevent adverse health outcomes related to exposure to environmental toxins.

Center for International Rural and Environmental Health

Through education, training and research, CIREH promotes greater understanding and awareness into the causes, consequences and prevention of communicable, chronic, environmental, and occupational diseases in all regions of the globe, focusing on nations with substantial agrarian economies.

Environmental Health Sciences Research Center

The focus of EHSRC is research on the adverse health effects of environmental contaminants among rural and agricultural populations. The EHSRC is uniquely positioned to investigate environmental health problems affecting rural residents.

IIHR--Hydroscience & Engineering

IIHR faculty, research engineers, and students conduct research in the broad fields of fluid mechanics, air and water resources, and environmental hydraulics.  IIHR is unique among hydraulic research laboratories for its in-house capabilities in computational simulations and laboratory modeling and for field observational research.

The Iowa Flood Center establishes community-based programs to improve flood monitoring and prediction along Iowa's major waterways, as well as share center resources and expertise across the state to develop a flood-savvy work force. The center develops physically based numerical models that improve flood forecasting and mitigation understanding in the basin -- all with the goal of trying to prevent or at least lessen the effects of flooding.

Iowa Institute for Biomedical Imaging

IIBI is a collaborative venture between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and the UI College of Engineering that aims to foster multi-disciplinary and cross-college research and discovery in biomedical imaging, and improve training and education. IIBI is studying lung disease caused by smoking and other environmental factors. Co-director of IIBI is Milan Sonka.

Iowa Superfund Basic Research Program

ISBRP is a joint endeavor involving basic, mechanistic and applied projects in biomedical and non-biomedical research areas. The ISBRP brings together 15 scientists representing four colleges in Iowa, Illinois and Kentucky, including the University of Iowa. Working together, they will measure sources, transport and environmental exposure of PCBs; their distribution, metabolism and toxicity in animals and humans; and novel methods of phytoremediation.

Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Institute

NNI@UI focuses on issues related to applications and implications of nanoscience and nanotechnology in environmental processes and human health, as well as the fundamental properties of nanomaterials.

The University of Iowa College of Engineering