While few artists utilize the medium of white board and dry-erase markers, it can be a very effective and expressive mode of communication. In this work, Joanna Funkhouser expresses the day's adventures, which involved measuring flow (utilizing two different devices) while simultaneously being attacked by hordes of giant snakes. (Well, maybe this isn't actually to scale...and there may only have been one or two snakes...and they may not have actually had glowing red eyes.) It is reminiscent of earlier work by Maddy Jensen. (Another interpretation of the snakes by Natalya Vrana.) The liberal arts live on in the Coe Water Quality laboratory.
Nice article from the Iowa Soybean Association about our recent snapshot sampling of the Middle Cedar River. The city of Cedar Rapids organized the Middle Cedar Partnership Project, which brings together a wide range of partners to improve water quality upstream of Cedar Rapids. We coordinated with the Iowa Soybean Association to carry out a snapshot at 53 sites within the Middle Cedar to help identify sub-watersheds for implementation of BMPs.
Congratulation to Danielle Hollingshead on her 21st birthday! We celebrated appropriately with a cake - how else would you celebrate a 21st birthday? Danielle is the guru of measuring flow with our Sontek Flow Tracker and Teledyne RDI Stream Pro (aka "The Wild Parsnip"). Pictured left to right is the summer 2017 crew: Natalya Vrana, Joanna Funkhouser, Danielle Hollingshead, Alyssa Olson, and Marissa Hedlund.
And congratulations to Maddy Jensen, who will be beginning her graduate work in environmental engineering at the University of Iowa this fall. She's in the first class of the UI's new Sustainable Water Development and received a nice NSF-funded fellowship for her masters degree work.
Alyssa Olson helped pitched Coe's softball team to the NCAA D3 tournament this year with a 13-7 record and a 1.99 ERA. She was also named to the Iowa Conference all-conference second team. (No pole vaulters on the summer squad this year.)
And - Marissa Hedlund successfully co-wrote a grant proposal to HyVee which resulted in $1000 to be used on Coe's campus garden.
Marty St. Clair is a chemistry and environmental studies professor at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.