Iowa NSF EPSCoR Library

Welcome to the Iowa NSF EPSCoR library. This page provides information and links to materials, articles, journals, and books of interest to the Iowa NSF EPSCoR community, community colleges, and K-12 professionals.

Ask a Program Director: Why did my proposal do worse, not better, than last time?

IOS in Focus Blog features Dr. Tamra Mendelson, a program director in the Behavioral Systems Cluster.

Fabulous Resources for Energy Education

Center for Energy & Environmental Education (CEEE), University of Northern Iowa
The FREE program was developed in response to the needs of educators all over Iowa hoping to make a difference. Getting people to think, talk, and do something about energy production and use is the main goal of this program. The kits, games, activities, books, documents and links provide information and motivation to help you become an energy aficionado – someone who is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable educator about energy!

http://www.uni.edu/ceee/education/free-fabulous-resources-energy-education/free

ChEFS Initiative: Chats with Eminent Female Scientists

The ChEFS program was developed by Arthur Winter‘s lab group at Iowa State University. The goal of the ChEFS initiative is to post a collection of video interviews with successful female scientists online.  These video interviews are anticipated to help address the critical need for role models for women considering academic careers in science. We hope that these personal testimonies of outstanding scientists who have successfully navigated this career path will provide insight and tips to young women considering academic careers in STEM fields.

http://winter.public.iastate.edu/chefs-initiative/index.html

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education: A Nation Advancing?

The National Research Council (NRC) has released a report, “Monitoring Progress Toward Successful K-12 STEM Education.” The report builds on previous work in this area, and establishes key indicators for measuring improvements to the K-12 science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) education system.

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=126071&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click

E3A Exploring Energy Efficiency & Alternatives

by Milton Geiger, University of Wyoming Extension
A series of resources developed by University of Wyoming and Montana State University which lay out the facts related to energy efficiency and alternative energy.

http://www.e3a4u.info/

The Cycles of Wind Power Development

Main Street Economist, Issue III, 2013, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
by Jason P. Brown, Economist
This issue of Main Street Economist explores the fundamentals of wind power development, as well as the effects of federal and state renewable energy policies on the industry.

https://www.kansascityfed.org/publicat/mse/MSE_0313.pdf

Climate Change of Importance to Agriculture: What Does the Science Say?

25x’25 Alliance Adaptation Work Group
by Gene Takle, Iowa NSF EPSCoR wind energy researcher and Climate Science Program director at Iowa State University reviewed historic and projected meteorological data which suggests future difficulties in maintaining and exceeding current levels of agricultural production.

http://www.meteor.iastate.edu/faculty/takle/outreach.html

Energy 101: Feedstocks and More

U.S. Department of Energy
See how organic materials like corn stover, wheat straw, and woody plants are being used to create homegrown biofuels in the United States—all while reducing our dependence on foreign oil and creating jobs in rural America.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Nf99ITbO7A

Energy 101: Algae-to-Fuels

U.S. Department of Energy
As America takes steps to improve our energy security, home-grown fuel sources are more important that ever. One of the fuel sources of the future is algae, small aquatic organisms that convert sunlight into energy and store it in the form of oil. Scientists and engineers at the Energy Department and its national laboratories are researching the best strains of algae and developing the most efficient farming practices. This edition of Energy 101 shows how oil is extracted from algae and refined into sustainable biofuels.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxyvVkeW7Nk

Energy 101: Biofuels

U.S. Department of Energy
Biomass is an organic renewable energy source that includes materials such as agriculture and forest residues, energy crops, and algae. Scientists and engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy and its national laboratories are finding new, more efficient ways to convert biomass into biofuels that can take the place of conventional fuels like gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel. This edition of Energy 101 shows how biomass is broken down and refined into sustainable biofuels via biochemical and thermochemical processes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ck3FYVNl6s