EnvIowa Podcast: Next generation science standards come to Iowa


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Jenna Ladd | September 29, 2016

The University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research is proud to present the first episode of its new monthly podcast, EnvIowa. Each month, EnvIowa hosts Jenna Ladd and Jake Slobe will discuss environmental news, research, and initiatives that affect Iowans.

To kick off season one, EnvIowa discusses the coming introduction of new science standards to schools across the Hawkeye state with Scott Spak, assistant professor of urban and regional planning and civil and environmental engineering, and Ted Neal, clinical science instructor at the University of Iowa. The podcast explores the ins and outs of the Next Generation Science Standards, what researchers know about how climate science is currently being taught in the state, and how the new standards will enhance learning for students.

Listeners can access the podcast below or find it on iTunes.

Next month we will discuss the upcoming Climate Festival with University of Iowa associate professor of chemistry, Besty Stone.

On the Radio: Legislators propose radon testing in Iowa’s schools


Radon detector. Photo by megankhines, Flickr.
Radon detector. Photo by megankhines, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s segment discusses a proposed bill that would address radon contamination in Iowa’s schools.

Iowa legislators want to reduce the radon risk in our state’s schools.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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On the Radio: Radon a risk in Iowa schools


Photo by Birdies100, Flickr.

Listen to this week’s radio segment here or read the transcript below. This week’s episode discusses the lack of guidelines for radon testing in Iowa schools.

When it comes to radon, it’s time for Iowans to think of our children.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

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Radon testing not mandated in Iowa schools


Radon mitigating system. Photo by Alan Light, Flickr.

An article from The Gazette examines why there are no guidelines or mandates for radon testing in Iowa’s schools.

Radon is a major problem in Iowa where levels of the gas far exceed the national average. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, leading to the death of 21,000 each year, including 400 Iowans. The gas rises from the soil and enters buildings through openings in floors and walls.

Despite its danger, many Iowa schools haven’t tested for radon in decades. This is mainly because it’s costly to test for radon, and even more costly to mitigate the gas.

Read more from The Gazette here.