General Sessions - Symposiums - Seminars - Field Trip
131st Annual Meeting
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls
April 26 - 27, 2019

Scroll down to learn about:

General Sessions
Symposiums
IJAS Seminar
Geology Field Trip
Nepal Education Foundation Project

The sessions are listed in chronological order below.


General Session I

Iowans for Everest

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Time: 12:00 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Room: John Deere Auditorium
Building: Curris Business Building

Open to the public free of charge.

Speaker: Andy (John) R. Anderson, PhD
Assistant Professor of Management
University of Northern Iowa
 

General Session Description

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Cousins John and Andy Anderson reached the summit of Mount Everest on May 22, 2017. In doing so, they became the first Iowans to summit Everest via the north (China) side of the mountain. They did this climb for two distinct reasons: 1) to raise awareness of and take tangible steps to alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and 2) because they love the mountains and Everest is the pinnacle of mountaineering.

Their presentation first takes you through the training leading up to the Everest expedition. It then relays the most important aspects of the climb itself – including insight into mental, physical and environmental aspects of the 52-day expedition.


IJAS Seminar

Experiences in Classroom Undergraduate Research

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Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019
Room: TBA
Building: Schindler Education Center


Open to registered attendees.

Session Description

The Instrumental Analysis course at University of Northern Iowa in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to not only learn how instruments work, but also to actively use them in a research project to help a partnering organization. Over the course of the semester, students go through a process of proposals, peer review, and active research allowing them to experience all aspects of research-based work. In past years the class has tackled questions proposed by the UNI Museum, Sidecar Coffee Roasters, and BMC aggregates. At the conclusion of the course, the students present their findings at the annual Instrumental Analysis Poster Session. Students with successful projects are then encouraged to submit their work as manuscript for publication.

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Presentation Description

In this session, students from the UNI Instrumental Analysis course will be discussing the work they have carried out on a variety of research topics during the Fall 2018 course. At the conclusion of the panel discussion, IJAS attendees will be encouraged to join in on a hands-on activity and build their own instrument to take home with them.

 

Meet the Speakers



Seminar

Nepal Education Foundation Project

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 2:25 p.m
Friday, April 26, 2019
Room: TBA
Building: Schindler Education Center

Open to registered attendees.

 
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After the earthquake of 2015 the remote mountainous villages of Nepal were devastated.  Houses were destroyed, lives were lost, their animals were destroyed, the schools were destroyed.  It was a horrible tragedy!  And the majority of the world’s donations for disaster aid stayed in the capital city of Kathmandu.  Very little support went to the remote mountainous areas for rebuilding.  So out of the need arose our foundation, Rebuild Nepal Education Foundation, a foundation devoted to assist in keeping the Nepalese children in school, as opposed to families keeping their children home as the basic expense of schooling versus money needed to rebuild their homes and lives.  Rebuild Nepal Education Foundation assists those families that lost everything and needs a boost.  Our foundation provides that uplift and a sense of educational support and hope in a remote region, on a mountain slope a half a world away.

Our fifth Rebuild Nepal Education team is being planned in May.  We will spend several weeks volunteering in the distant villages.  In the villages, our team teach Science, Math, History, and English and many other topics.  Some will read to the younger Nepalese children, work in the Day Cares, in the Pharmacy or even in the terraced fields with their homestay families.  Our volunteers distribute educational supplies that we have collected here in Iowa and the USA to the students and provide scholarships to needy students from money collected by our foundation.  After many volunteer mission trips to Nepal the needs are still prevalent.  Supplies and funds are needed for the scholarships in order to keep the poor students in school.  Visit our website: rebuildnepaleducation.org

Meet the Speaker

Ernie Schiller

Ernest (Ernie) Schiller, a retired science teacher from Central Lee Schools in Donnellson, Iowa received his B.S. and Education Degree from Iowa State University and his M.S and PhD work from the University of Iowa Science Education Department.  He has received numerous awards from the IAS and awards from the State of Iowa as well as Washington, DC.  His accolades include the Presidential Award in Science and Mathematics Teaching, Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Practices and was selected as Iowa Teacher of the Year.  He is a long time ISTS Member and has served as Officer in many roles for ISTS.  He is currently Science Coordinator for Holy Trinity Schools.  He recently has headed up the Rebuild Nepal Education Foundation.  And while his interest is in improving Science Education here in Iowa and across The Nation his love for science education has spilled across to distant country of Nepal.  He heads up a Non-Profit aimed at improving the education/science education in this remote and land-locked country.  Ernie’s dedication to improving science education and improving the role of IAS and the IJAS has spread even to the NAAS where serving as treasurer of this national science consortium of National State Academies of Sciences.


Friday Afternoon Symposiums

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Symposium A

Iowa's Water Quality - Today and into the Future

Time: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019
Room: TBA
Building: Schindler Education Center

Open to registered attendees.

This symposium will feature three topics, each focusing on water quality in Iowa. First Christopher Jones, Research Engineer for IIHR Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa, will look at the current water quality situation across the state. Keith Schilling, State Geologist and Research Scientists for the Iowa Geological Survey at the University of Iowa, will follow with a presentation on the opportunities for natural water processing within the environment, including floodplains, ditches, oxbows and more. The final presentation will be made by Mary Skopec, Executive Director of Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in Milford, who will talk about the future of water quality in Iowa.

Meet the Speakers

Christopher Jones, PhD, Research Engineer
IIHR Hydroscience & Engineering
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

 

Keith Schilling, PhD, State Geologist and Research Scientist
Iowa Geological Survey
University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa

 

The State of Iowa’s Water Quality: Where do we go from here?

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Mary Skopec, PhD, Executive Director
Iowa Lakeside Laboratory
Regents Resource Center
Milford, Iowa

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Presentation Description

The quality of Iowa’s water resources is a hotly debated topic. Disagreements on the trajectory of our efforts to improve the State’s waters leaves the public feeling confused and dispirited. This presentation will provide a hopeful perspective on the future with examples of water quality success stories in Iowa. It will also emphasize the need to provide a comprehensive viewpoint rather than a reductionist approach and solutions that meet multiple natural resource and societal goals.

Biography

Dr. Skopec is the Executive Director of Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Regents Resource Center. Dr. Skopec earned her B.S. and M.A. degrees in geography from The University of Iowa, and in 1999, she completed her interdisciplinary Ph.D. in environmental science at The University of Iowa. Mary is also a member of the National Water Quality Monitoring Council and the National Advisory Committee on Water.


Symposium B

To boldly go...where no Lego® has gone before!

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Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019
Room: TBA
Building: Schindler Education Center

Open to registered attendees.

In this session, students from the UNI Instrumental Analysis course will be discussing the work they have carried out on a variety of research topics during the Fall 2018 course. At the conclusion of the panel discussion, IJAS attendees will be encouraged to join in on a hands-on activity and build their own instrument to take home with them.

In the Spring of 2019, a group of chemistry, biochemistry, and biology students from UNI embarked on a 5 day excursion to South Dakota to explore portions of Wind Cave cavern as part of a field astrobiology research trip. Among the objectives for the trip was to use new/traditional equipment to answer questions about the formations and water in the cavern. In addition to the familiar instruments (XRF, microscopes, spectrometers, Geiger counters), The team also brought several Lego® Mindstorms® kits that had been customized to record various environmental conditions including: pH, electrical conductivity, and temperature.

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Dr. Sebree and several student participants will share their story about the trip and discuss the advantages/disadvantages of using Lego® Mindstorms® kits as cheaper alternatives to field instruments.

Meet the Speakers

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Joshua Sebree, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Northern Iowa

Dr. Joshua Sebree is an assistant professor at the University of Northern Iowa in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Sebree came to UNI after a postdoctoral position at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center. In his six years at UNI, he has established multidisciplinary research programs in Astrobiology and Astrochemistry that allow student researchers to work both in a laboratory setting and in the field.

Nicole Bishop

Nicole Bishop

Brennan Haag

Brennan Haag

Warren Rouse

Warren Rouse

Nicole Bishop

Nicole Bishop is a UNI senior from Ankeny, Iowa working on a B.S. in chemistry. After graduation in May, she plans to attend the Ohio State University to pursue a Ph.D. Chemistry.

Brennan Haag

Brennan Haag is a UNI senior from Exira, Iowa working on a B.S. in biology. After graduation in December, he plans to go into environmental conservation.

Warren Rouse

Warren Rouse is a UNI senior from Vinton, Iowa working on a B.S. in biochemistry. After graduation in May, he plans to attend Iowa State University to pursue a Ph.D. Biochemistry.


Symposium C

Topic - TBA

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019
Room: TBA
Building: Schindler Education Center

Open to registered attendees.


General Session II

Iowa Land and Sky

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7:45 p.m.
Friday, April 26, 2019

Room: John Deere Auditorium
Building: Curris Business Building

Open to the public free of charge.

Iowa Public Television’s latest production, Iowa Land and Sky, takes viewers on a journey from the Mississippi River bluffs, across the prairies of central Iowa, to the Loess Hills on our state's western rim to experience the scenic vistas, geologic history and environmental challenges facing these landforms.

Patrick Boberg and Tiffany Morgan, from IPTV, will share insights into the production process for Iowa Land and Sky, from selecting and capturing these unique landforms and features to the impact this project is having in science classrooms. They will describe how this program explored new ways of storytelling, media acquisition and audience engagement as well as share highlights from the upcoming broadcast.

Meet the Speakers

Patrick Boberg
Producer/Director

Tiffany Morgan
Instructional Media Designer and Educational Consultant

Iowa Public Television
Johnston, Iowa


Patrick Boberg

Patrick Boberg, Producer/Director, IPTV

Patrick Boberg, Producer/Director, IPTV

Patrick Boberg is a Producer/Director at Iowa Public Television. His primary role is researching, shooting, editing, and publishing stories for the program Iowa Outdoors. Patrick has also produced content for Iowa Press, Kids Clubhouse Adventures, IPTV Sports, various documentary projects, and most recently Iowa Land and Sky.

Patrick attended Iowa State for undergraduate studies graduating with a degree in Communications before receiving a master’s degree from University of Denver in Project Management and Database Administration. He has worked in journalism and video production for 12 years working in local news, non-profit community programming, documentary and short filmmaking, as well as fundraising. He is an avid outdoorsmen, multi-instrumentalist, and technology columnist for the Des Moines newspaper Cityview. Patrick has been with Iowa Public Television for 5 years


Tiffany Morgan

Tiffany Morgan, Instructional Media Designer, Education Consultant, Iowa Public Television

Tiffany Morgan, Instructional Media Designer, Education Consultant, Iowa Public Television

Tiffany Morgan is an instructional media designer and educational consultant at Iowa Public Television. She works with internal and external partners to design and develop educational media, resources and services. A graduate of Iowa State University with degrees in History and Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Tiffany began her career with UNITECH, designing online and computer-based instruction for government agencies and the military. Tiffany has been a graduate lecturer for Iowa State University School of Education, teaching on the principles and practices of distance education. Tiffany has been with Iowa Public Television for 12 years.


Saturday, April 21, 2018


General Session III

The Evolution of the Modern Electric Grid
and How It Operates Today

11:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Room 220: Auditorium
Building: Schindler Education Center

Open to the public free of charge.

Bill Skubal, Cedar Falls Utilities

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Speaker

Bill Skubal, Director
Electric, Gas, and Water Operations
Cedar Falls Utilities
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Reliable electricity generation, transmission, and distribution has been a cornerstone of human progress. Today electricity powers many critical devices and machines used in business, industry, and at home. New technology is changing the way we live, work, and communicate and much of it is powered by electricity.

Electric Substation

Electric Substation

What is the Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and why should they matter to you? Bill Skubal will discuss how the grid is organized and operates to deliver reliable electric power.

Join this general session and learn how the electric grid developed and changed over the years, including milestones that determined where the grid is today. Learn about grid reliability, the planning needed before new generation is approved, what influences electric rates, and how competitive electric markets affect pricing and reliability.


Geology Field Trip

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Morgan Quarry, 4618 East Donald Street, Waterloo

Open to registered attendees.

Time: Approximately 12:30 p.m. at the quarry

Pick up a box lunch after General Session III and travel on your own to Morgan Quarry. Lunch must be ordered when you Advance Register by April 17th.

Field Trip Description

Please join us for a field trip to the Morgan quarry at 4618 East Donald Street, Waterloo, IA for an afternoon of geology, geomorphology, and more!  Thanks to the cooperation of Basic Materials Company and their resident geologist, Sherman Lundy, for allowing us to explore the geological wonders of the Morgan quarry.  Participants can expect to see exposures of Pre-Illinoisan glacial sediments overlying Middle Devonian age bedrock of the Wapsipinicon Group.  Field trip leaders will highlight aspects of the Iowan Surface landform region, marine deposition in the Devonian Iowa Basin, and implications of groundwater and surface water quality.

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Travel Details

We will plan to have all participants travel on their own to the quarry. If you advance register for the conference you may order a box lunch and pick it up after General Session III. Travel time to the quarry is approximately 25 minutes. For your convenience you may order a box lunch when you advance register online and pick it up after the general session. You must advance register to order lunch. You will not be able to purchase lunch at the conference. Approximate meeting time will be 12:30 p.m. at the quarry.

Please wear weather appropriate clothing and sturdy walking shoes or boots. We will post more details here before the conference.

Map

Use the map below to locate the University of Northern Iowa and the best route to the quarry.