Speakers Bureau


Linking Water Quality to Environmental Literacy

Upon graduation from high school, Iowa students should have a basic understanding of the systems within our natural world. At any given point in time we are a part of one, if not a series of watershed communities. By learning more about what a watershed is, we can work to understand our role within this community and what we can do to protect it.

Gathering Water Quality Data in Urban Areas

Phase II of the Federal Clean Water Act requires cities across the US to comply with six minimum control measures as a way to improve and sustain our surface water resources. Water monitoring data can be integrated with these measures in a combination of ways. Learn how to gather and utilize such data; understand more about the conditions within our urban watersheds; and learn ways to reduce our impact.

Urban Water Quality, Watershed Management and You

We all have a role to play in the health of our lakes, rivers and streams. This is even more so when we look at our impacts on water bodies in urbanized areas. Learn about ways to gather information on your local water body; as well as ways to reduce or improve your impact on the natural world in which we all live.

Smoking Regulation

There are a many ways to regulate smoking, all of which work to varying degrees. Of course, regulations also have implications for personal freedoms. This has consequences for the regulations we choose to use: taxes, information, or smoking prohibitions. A Surgeon General's report on smoking has singled out research for its sophistication.

Biophilia: The Essential Human Connection to the Earth

There is ample research supporting the connection of humans to nature and animals for mental health and well-being. Neglecting this important connection is detrimental both mentally and physically. This presentation can be designed to fit the needs and interests of the audience, for example as a personal wellness approach, for parents, for teachers or others working with youth. The presentation can include an experiential approach, media, or lecture. If desired (since the speaker is licensed wildlife rehabilitator) educationally licensed wildlife may be included if appropriate.

Great Environmental Books and Lesson Plans for K-12 Grades

This presentation is targeted to those who educate in formal and non-formal settings.

Global Warming

Discusses current scientific evidence for Global Warming and projections for future challenges and possible solutions.

Renewable (Wind-Solar) Energy Applications

Presentation includes small wind-solar hybrid power station at UNI and a summary of Iowa's imported fossil fuel resources including in-depth information about wind-solar energy.

Recycling and Industrial Ecology/Precision Manufacturing

What is the past and future of recycling? What are the multitude of environmental benefits associated with recycling? Explore the industrial ecology and precision manufacturing movements as they evolved from their recycling roots.

Power Quality in Industrial and Power Utility Environments, and Harmonics in Power Systems

"Electrical pollution," called harmonics, play a crucial role in industry and electrical systems. Investigation and reduction of harmonics in power systems may reduce a number of malfunctions and damages in industrial and power systems. Learn how UNI's Electrical and Information Engineering Technology Program may investigate local and regional industries to determine harmonic pollution in their plants.

Iowa Electrathon

Students across the state are designing, building, and racing one-person electric cars. The program teaches students science, business, communication and team building skills.


Use of biodegradable, vegetable-based materials in industrial lubricant products-soybean, canola, rapeseed, cottonseed and sunflower to expand the market for our nation's crops. Research also spans the use of Genetically Modified (GMO)or Identity Preserved (IP) crops. Use of renewable resources can expand the market for U.S. farmers, provide environmentally-sound alternatives and are safer for handling.

New Madrid Fault Zone

The New Madrid Fault Zone had five earthquakes greater than magnitude of 8 between December 1811 and February 1812.

National Missile Defense

Explains the science behind the Bush Administration's National Missile Defense program. Shows the NMD faces serious and fundamental technical obstacles. Discussion of policy decision to abandon international treaties on NMD grounds.

Chemical and Biological Terrorism and Public Health

An overview of the issues that Public Health providers need to address in order to deal with a chemical or biological agent release. Alternatively, agents of concern can be reviewed and a discussion of how the individual can protect themselves while assisting the Public Health authorities can be addressed.

Local Food Economy

This presentation is about importance of knowing where our food comes from, and about the need for buying from local sources of food and its impact on the local economy.

Energy Problems and Solutions

The Blackout of 2003 highlights the problems we continue to face in the field of energy. Understanding these problems empowers us to implement solutions in our home, workplace, state, and nation.

Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy

The presentation will deal with the current energy situation, the need for conservation and examples will be given. Presentation will also cover what exactly renewable energy is, how to know if an energy source is renewable or not, and examples will be shared.