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.
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.
ByZoe Seiler, Jace Neugebauer, Lauren Wade and K. Rambo |
Dylan Miller spent $495 on college textbooks at the University of Northern Iowa – $167.50 for a linear algebra textbook – in the spring semester just ending, yet said he might have used the books, perhaps, once a month. The internet? Used it close to two hours each day, he said, raising the issue of why he still buys textbooks. “That’s a great question,” Miller, 20, a sophomore this spring semester from Homestead, Iowa, and studying for a major in actuarial science, said. “I will not be buying textbooks next semester.”
A lot of college students are avoiding textbooks costs that generally can range from around $20 for a book on writing grant proposals to $400 for a physics book, a spring IowaWatch/College Media Journalism Project revealed.
The University of Iowa has services and programming to help African American and Latino students feel welcome but a lot of those students don’t know about them, students at a Thursday night IowaWatch/KCRG-TV9 public forum on diversity at the university said. Meantime, these students struggle to exist in a predominantly white campus, African American and Latino students at the forum said. “When you think of universities, you think of white spaces,” Kimberly Chexnayder, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, said. “It’s so hard for white people to think about their own privileges.” ?
UPDATE: IowaWatch reporter Maria Curi and KCRG-TV9 reporter Forrest Saunders will moderate the May 3 forum. 5/2/18
IowaWatch will host a public forum in Iowa City to explore ways the University of Iowa can be more inviting to Latino and African American students. The forum, called “Diversity Reality at Iowa: The Truth Behind the Statistics,” is to take place on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at the University Capitol Center in Room 1117, which is located in the Old Capitol Town Center in downtown Iowa City. It will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. and is open to the public. KCRG-TV 9 is a media partner for this event.
The IowaWatch Connection caught up with former Sen. Tom Harkin recently for a wide ranging interview about the influence of money, social media and other things that go with public service, plus work done at the Drake University institute bearing his name.
ByPam Dempsey and Dave Dickey/The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting |
Argentina and Brazil may fill China’s soybean needs if China imposes a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybean exports. Chad Hart, an agriculture economist at Iowa State University, said the impact depends on what happens during negotiations. IOWA NOTE: China is the second-largest market for Iowa exports ($2.3 billion in 2016 – $1.8 billion of it oilseeds and grains), behind Canada ($3.4 billion in 2016). “It is so hard to say, ‘This is what is going to happen.’ There are so many other moving parts,” he said. “This is a disagreement between the U.S. and China, but it has ramifications for Argentina and Brazil.”
Earlier this month, the United States and China both announced taxes on billions of dollars worth of imported goods — China is seeking tariffs on $50 billion worth of U.S. products that include soybeans and pork, while the U.S. announced taxes on $150 billion worth of 1,300 Chinese products, including electronics.
Adequate data do not exist for making clear decisions about antibiotic regulation in the hog industry, a key researcher says in a recent IowaWatch story. Hog farmers who either use antibiotics or do not have strong thoughts on what that does should be, this IowaWatch Connection podcast shows.
I first encountered Smith on the school bus 1977. I was 6 years old, and he was 16, a journalist and native Iowan writes in this first-person examination for the Investigative Reporting Workshop into the life of an Iowa pedophile.