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In 2018-2019, hundreds of students, faculty, and members of the community attended lectures focused on our relationship with the natural world. This was the first year of the Aldo Leopold Distinguished Lecture Series. The success of the series is thanks in large part to the diverse range of faculty and staff that worked on the committee to bring a variety of lecturers from different fields and backgrounds to the University of Northern Iowa.
Have you ever built and programmed your own robot? Strolled through prairie grasses taller than you are and created a puppet to represent your favorite flower or animal? Designed your own fabric pattern or 3-D statue? Tested your own DNA? If the answer is no, then you must not have attended the UNI STEM Camps. Each camp brings together a small number of campers with similar interests with camp directors and UNI students for 3-days to a week of fun,
Sometimes it takes just one event to change the course of someone’s future. According to Lily Conrad, this was definitely the case when it came to her education. Lily, now a senior and an Environmental Science major, came to the University of Northern Iowa to study Exercise Science.
Taylor Harris has had quite an adventure so far at UNI. She originally came to the university seeking a degree in Chemistry Teaching, but her focus slowly shifted. She also loved physics in high school and decided she might want to study it more. She did not change her major at first. Instead, she added Physics Teaching as a second major. Then she eventually stopped pursuing a degree in Chemistry. Now, she is working on a BS in Physics and a teaching degree.
Marnie Hoefler, sophomore and STEM ambassador, came to the University of Northern Iowa knowing exactly what she wanted to do. She declared her major as Statistics and Actuarial Science. This is a field which involves gathering and making sense of data, as well as using math to predict risk.
Allison Williams, a UNI STEM ambassador, is a senior in the Textiles and Apparel program at the University of Northern Iowa. However, she was not always looking at that field of study. After 2 years of studying in the medical field, Allison decided she wanted to pursue something more creative.
“My sister had gone through the Textiles and Apparel program and told me to look into it,” she explained. “I liked that there was a mix of both science and creativity. I decided to try it and I never left!”
This project involves the synthesis of diruthenium complexes that can be used to probe the possible intermediates in the C-H bond activation of alkanes. The precursor complexes to be synthesized are alkyl complexes with two ruthenium metal centers. The characterization of the precursor complexes will use 1H and 13C NMR spectroscopy. The REAP-STEM student will learn how to acquire and interpret this spectroscopic data. This Chemistry REAP Apprentice must be 16 years or older at the start of the research project (by June 10, 2019).
The University of Northern Iowa Conservation Corps is an initiative funded through a grant from the Roy J.