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UI announces it will be coal-free by 2025

UI Power Plant will increase its use of biomass and other renewable energy sources to meet its goal
The University of Iowa will divest fully from coal as a campus energy source by 2025. UI officials, led by President Harreld, announced the goal, which will come from the university increasing its use of biomass and other renewable energy sources.

Can we find more benign nanomaterials?

Chemist group wins NSF award to access supercomputer network
UI chemist Sara Mason has won a grant to access a supercomputer network funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation. Mason’s group will use its time to better define the atom-to-atom interactions of various nanoparticles, hoping to learn more about the particles’ effects on energy, the environment, and human health.

The Wall Street Journal Priest reviews Bakke's 'The Grid'

Tyler Priest, associate professor of history and geography, examines The Grid: The Fraying Wires Between Americans and Our Energy Future, which looks at how the vast network that arose to provide electricity in a centralized and standardized fashion is “being colonized by a new logic: little, flexible, fast, adaptive, local.”

Quaker Instant Oatmeal package (Brian Ach/AP Images For Quaker Oats)

National Journal UI runs on oats, leads the way in energy innovation

The UI started using oat hulls from the Quaker Oats processing facility in Cedar Rapids about 10 years ago to fuel its campus power plant, which is significantly cheaper than coal and saves the university about a half-million dollars each year.

Nuclear waste expert to speak at UI

Rodney Ewing helped scuttle plans for nuclear waste storage at Yucca Mountain
Rodney Ewing, an academic and longtime campaigner for a cautious, sensible approach to nuclear waste disposal, will speak at the University of Iowa at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2. Ewing’s talk, to be held in Room W151 in the Pappajohn Business Building, comes amid conflicting views on the role of nuclear energy in a so-called green economy, balanced with the safety of reactors and the safe storage of nuclear waste.

Energy documentary 'Switch' to screen on campus April 23

A screening of the documentary “Switch” will take place at the University of Iowa at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in Stanley Auditorium, Seamans Center, Room 1505.