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In their spare time, our CWQL students get a chance to use their other talents. Laura Bybee, who has done research with CWQL for the last two summers, set a personal and school record of 3.20 m (10 feet, 6 inches) in the Cornell Invitational today. She also won the competition by 0.75 m (2.5 feet).
Still thinking about how we can use this in the field...jumping fences? Crossing creeks?
We were invited to head up 1st Avenue to Cottage Grove Place (a senior living facility) to talk about the state of water quality in Iowa and about the work we do at Coe. I went up on January 7 to give an overview, but the main event was on January 13. Each member of last year's crew gave a brief presentation on her research project, and then fielded questions from the audience. We had a great audience of around 30 residents each time (including emeritus chemistry professor Pete Wickham.)
We recently received a Community Partnership grant from the Cedar Rapids Linn County Solid Waste Agency, which allowed us to purchase a new YSI Professional Plus multi parameter system. This instrument allows us to measure dissolved oxygen, temperature, conductivity, pH, and an additional ion (chloride, nitrate, or ammonium) in the field. With a 10 meter cable, we can measure directly in the stream from our usual bridge side perch. Since a match was required, we will also be picking up a new field turbidimeter. We'll be ready for spring....
Marty St. Clair is a chemistry and environmental studies professor at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.