“Fossils are the remains or traces of animals which lived in past ages of the earth. They show not only the types of life in those periods, but something about the conditions under which they lived,” noted geologist and Iowa native Carroll Lane Fenton explained.
Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources sampled trash from 10 landfills and five transfer stations across Iowa for a study published in December 2017, looking to answer the question, “What are Iowans landfilling?” Tom Anderson, of the Iowa DNR’s Land Quality Bureau and the study’s project manager, has an answer to that question.
I sometimes think government officials overlook the important role the public plays in our system of government. That was my takeaway last week from the monthly meeting of the Iowa Public Information Board. When Mrs. Gentry lectured in my high school government classes 50+ years ago, I remember her talking about how American government is participatory. The public can attend meetings of government boards, she told us. People are free to express their opinions to government leaders.
Iowa State University officials need to do a better job telling Iowans — taxpayers, business leaders and especially Iowa legislators — about the value ISU and the state’s universities give Iowa, ISU president Wendy Wintersteen said in an IowaWatch interview. Listen to the podcast of that interview.
“An eerie feeling came over me. Suddenly a piercing scream of a dying animal was heard. What it was we did not learn,” Elizabeth Steen, a Knoxville native, told a Des Moines Register Magazine writer in September 1927. Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is the author of non-fiction books for young people.
ByTemesha Derby, Britteny Johnson and Laura Wiersema, with Lyle Muller and Jeff Stein |
Many colleges in Iowa are seeing fluctuating numbers of reports in instances of sexual assault on their campuses, a spring 2018 IowaWatch/Simpson College journalism project showed. This podcast explores why that could be a problem.
“I shudder to think what the economic condition of the country and of all other countries involved will be when this awful war is over.”
Iowa History, a weekly column, appears at IowaWatch on Saturdays. Cheryl Mullenbach is the author of non-fiction books for young people. Her work has been recognized by International Literacy Association, American Library Association, National Council for Social Studies, and FDR Presidential Library and Museum. Visit her website at: www.cherylmullenbachink.com
Alice Beatle wrote to friends and family in Iowa from her post in Budapest, Hungary, in December 1914. And while Beatle expressed alarm about economic effects of war, her immediate concern was for treatment of the wounded soldiers under her care.
I’m sure you have heard the old tale about Iowa’s bountiful cornfields — about closing your eyes in the summer, listening carefully at night and being able to hear the corn grow. Here’s different image to ponder:
If you open your eyes and look around carefully, I think you can see our state changing right in front of us. Randy Evans
Randy Evans is the executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. He is a former editorial page editor and assistant managing editor of The Des Moines Register. Opinions are his own.
The University of Iowa Spanish general education program is keeping the cost of textbooks down for students by using two textbooks for the four semesters required to fulfill general education language requirements. Third in a series.The department partners with the textbook publisher, Pearson’s, to reduce costs, offer the text in a cheaper loose-leaf binding for students. In fall 2018, one textbook will be offered as all-inclusive on-line access, bringing the cost down significantly, department officials said. “We work hard to try to keep those costs manageable. In a perfect world, it would cost less,” Braeden Jones, 34, instructional service coordinator for the Spanish general education program at the University of Iowa, said.