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  • July 25, 2022. Community Scientists Help to Beat the Heat. Wang et al. (2022) piloted a unique community science program in Los Angeles (USA) to measure the daily on-the-ground pattern of urban heat and ozone pollution. Their results may be effective at augmenting similar types of air quality measurements taken from satellites Read the complete news at: EOS, Science News by AGU
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  • May 18, 2022. Jun Wang has been awarded $1.55 million to improve regional air quality monitoring from space. Xi Chen, a postdoctoral researcher in Wang’s lab at the ITI, is a co-investigator. Read the news at: Iowa Now
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  • May 3, 2022. Xi Chen, working with Prof. Joe Gomes and Prof. Jun Wang, published their collaborative work in a prestigious journal, Geophysical Research Letter. Their work presents a new, machine-learning based, approach to predict light scattering properties of non-spherical dust particles. Continue reading at: Chemical and Biochemical Engineering - News
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  • April 21, 2022. Story about our Smart Sensors reported by the Iowa Technology Institute (ITI)

  • March 31, 2022. University of Iowa faculty, staff, and student researchers at the Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) are developing a low-cost canopy sensor system to help farmers set more efficient irrigation schedules and plan their day-to-day operations for the crop fields. Read news at: Iowa Technology Institute
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  • March 9, 2022. Zeyuan Ru received the an Outstanding Student Presentation Award for his presentation at the AGU 2021 Fall Meeting. Zeyuan's presentation titled “A smart-and-connected low-cost sensor system for measuring air and soil properties in the Central U.S.: first results,” was one of the few student presentations to be recognized with the esteemed Outstanding Student Presentation Award.

  • February 8, 2022. UI professor collaborates with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to measure air pollution. Jun Wang, UI professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, received a $200,000 grant from NOAA, which will sponsor the research. Continue reading at: The Daily Iowan
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  • January 24, 2022. Wang's NOAA grant to support "next leap forward" in estimating surface PM2.5. The University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) is participating in a new satellite mission that is expected to lead to more accurate measures of pollution, including fine particles, on hourly timescales. Continue reading at: Iowa Technology Institute - News
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  • Dec 6, 2021. UI convenes international team of experts to update NASA’s SAGE III mission. Jun Wang hosted a nationwide team of approximately 60 scientists and engineers virtually in November to share scientific advances, research findings, and operations related to the SAGE III mission an Earth-observing instrument aboard NASA’s International Space Station ... Continue reading on: Iowa Technology Institute - News
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  • Sept 21, 2021. NASA grants research fellowship to UI grad student to track nighttime air quality ... Meng Zhou is in The Daily Iowan news!! Read the note on: The Daily Iowan
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  • Sept 16, 2021. New NASA-funded research at the University of Iowa aims to change the way fires are detected, and how firefighters respond to these blazes. Our project Fire Light Detection Algorithm (FiLDA) is being pushed into further development by America's Space Agency.
    We are in the news again!! Read the news on: Iowa's News Now
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  • Sept 7, 2021. Meng Zhou has been awarded a NASA research fellowship to study air quality at night. Meng earned the Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science and Technology (FINESST) fellowship in NASA’s Earth Science Division. Read the complete news on: Iowa Technology Institute - News
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  • Aug 30, 2021. NASA awarded a University of Iowa Technology Institute (ITI) scientist grants totaling $1.3 million to study atmospheric and climate impacts from wildfires that have ravaged parts of the planet. Jun Wang will lead a three-year, $540,000 study with co-investigator Fangqun Yu, a senior research associate and professor at the University of Albany. Read the complete news on: Iowa Now
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  • May 19, 2021. University of Iowa and UC Riverside researchers developed a new model using satellite data to measure soil emissions. A top peer reviewed journal, Environmental Science and Technology of ACS Publications, published findings showing soil emissions increasingly responsible for air pollution compared to emissions from fossil fuel combustion. The research, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, landed on the cover of the May 18 edition of the journal. Read the news on: Iowa Technology Institute - News
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  • Meng Zhou, a PhD student in geoinformatics and a researcher at the AER Lab, placed 1st place in oral presentations at American Meteorological Society annual meeting. Read the news on: Iowa Technology Institute - News

  • Undergraduate project on smart sensors (Fall 2020)


  • Jun Wang is principal investigator among a team from UI, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa of the I-DARE program; a project financed by NASA, Read the news at: Iowa Technology Institute


  • Jun Wang has been named to the James E. Ashton Professorship in Engineering. Read the complete note at: College of Engineering
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  • CDC recognizes ITI researchers' 'exceptional approach to solving a public health problem' Read the news at: Iowa Technology Institute. Click on the researcher's photo to read more about them.

  • Jessie Zhang and Jun Wang are in AGU news report of CGRER

  • FOLLOW-UP: Researchers seek input from farmers on smart sensor ... We are in the news again!

    "IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) – Researchers at the University of Iowa are excited about learning from farmers who currently use their sensor that tracks weather patterns." Continue reading at: KCRG News
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  • Professors from The University of Iowa and Iowa State University as panelists in WorldCanvass holding the talk: "Joint UI-ISU research to provide weather/soil intelligence to Iowa’s farmers" Read the news at: The University of Iowa
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  • Yi Wang, the first to graduate from the IGPI program with a Geoinformatics PhD!.

    The biggest benefit of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Informatics' (IGPI) interdisciplinary framework is that students whose interests don’t fit well with an existing program find the flexibility to customize a unique curriculum. Continue reading at: UI3 News

  • Researchers from Iowa State University and the University of Iowa are building joint teams that will work to use gut bacteria to treat chronic diseases, improve weather forecasts for precision agriculture and produce better vaccines against swine and avian flu Continue reading at: Iowa State University, News Service
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  • Future of Farming, UI Professor develops smart sensor for farm irrigation. "IOWA CITY, Iowa (KWWL) — Farming across the midwest is about to get a lot smarter thanks to smart sensors being developed at the University of Iowa" Continue reading at: KWWL News
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  • University of Iowa receives $1.6 million grant to develop new farming technology. "IOWA CITY, Iowa (KCRG) - The way farmers grow crops will soon be changing if engineers at the University of Iowa get their way" Continue reading at: KCRG News

  • Jun Wang receives "The 2019 Faculty Excellence Award for Research" in recognition of his extraordinary contributios.

  • UI researchers develop technology to promote sustainable farming. A team of University of Iowa researchers has been awarded $1.6 million from the U.S. Agriculture Department to develop technology to improve soil temperature and moisture in farming areas. Continue reading at: The Daily Iowan
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  • UI researchers explain ammonia distribution in Earth's upper atmosphere. A new study co-led by University of Iowa researchers explains how ammonia is distributed in Earth’s upper atmosphere ...


  • Another book published! “Remote Sensing of Atmospheric Pollution”. The book is available in: MDPI
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  • Jun Wang is part of the researchers that have demonstrated the improvement in nighttime fire detection ... Read news in Earth Observatory
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  • When a Canadian wildfire carried smoke more than 1,600 miles to Nebraska earlier this month, Jun Wang noted it as an example of how wildfires are a direct cause for concern ... Read news in NEBRASKA TODAY
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  • Jun Wang and Cui Ge contributed in a new study about Greenhouse emissions ... Read news in NEBRASKA TODAY

  • Thomas Polivka published his first paper as the cover article in June 2015 issue of IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters ... Read news in UNL News Releases


  • Jun Wang is a member of the Suomi NPP Mission Development Team that recenlty received the NASA Group Achievement Award.

  • Richard Xu received the best graduate student award in 2014 UNL-EAS Alumni Banquet.

  • Jun Wang part of award-winning team working with NASA ... Read news in NEBRASKA TODAY

  • Amy Kessner graduated with M.S. in May, and started to work as a manager for "The Groundwater Foundation".

  • Ph.D. candidate Xiaoguang "Richard" Xu receives the prestigious NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship ... Read news in UNL ANNOUNCE
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  • Three graduate students win coveted summer fellowships at national labs ... Read news in UNL News Releases
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  • David Peterson is one of three receipients of 2011 UNL's Best Graduate Research Assistant award ... Read news in Research news


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