Annual Dinner Address
Takle is an ISU professor of agricultural meteorology in the Department of
Agronomy. He is director of the
Climate Science Program within the Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State.
His research areas include regional climate modeling and assessing
impacts of climate change. He also
leads a research team that is measuring mean wind, turbulence, and surface
fluxes in a wind farm for validating high-resolution numerical models of
wind farms that are co-located with agricultural crops.
He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Center for
discussed global climate change, extreme weather and its relationship to
climate change and our weather's "new normal."
Dr. Takle's public
presentations are available on the Iowa State University
from the 2010 Annual Dinner
held in Des Moines.
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2011 Annual Dinner
Congratulations to Jane Clark who was presented with Sierra
Club's 2011 Special Service Award. Donna Buell, the only Iowan ever
elected to the national Board of Directors, presented the award at the Annual
Dinner held October 1 in Coralville.
Special Service Award honors a Sierra Club member, committee or group for
strong and consistent commitment to conservation or the Club over an extended
period of time.
connections with activists from across the state and the nation facilitate
her work to protect the natural environment, to participate in efforts to
protect water quality, to advocate for rivers and streams and to work toward
protection and preservation of our wildlife and our natural resources. She
has served twice as Iowa Chapter Chair, as Chapter Conservation Co-chair and
for the past 10 years as Chair of the Central Iowa Sierra Group. She develops
these many connections as a result of her activism with Sierrans as well as
with other related organizations. She currently serves on the Iowa
Environmental Council’s Board of Directors and on the Iowa Audubon Board of
Directors. Beginning in 2006, she represented Sierra Club on the Iowa’s
Water and Land Legacy Coalition, advocating for the Natural Resources Trust
Fund, the amendment to the Iowa Constitution that passed in 2010.
Thomas Rosburg, PhD,
received the Environmental Educator Award. Dr. Rosburg has been an
outstanding teacher in Drake University’s Biology Department since 1996
reaching scores of students through his courses in Field Ornithology,
Ecology, Iowa Natural History, Limnology, Identification of Wetland Plants
and even Ecology and Ecosystem
Ecology among others. Along with
his teaching duties, he was named Director of Environmental Science and
Policy at Drake in 2004.
With seemingly endless
energy, Dr. Rosburg shares his summers with students at the Iowa Lakeside
Laboratory field station on West Okoboji Lake teaching Plant Ecology, Natural
History Photography, and Ecology.
Since 1987, Dr. Rosburg has
educated thousands of people through his photographic exhibitions, natural
history photography workshops, and published photographs. His exhibitions
have ranged the state, from De Soto Bend National Wildlife Refuge near
Missouri Valley to McFarland Conservation Center near Ames to Hartman Reserve
Nature Center near Cedar Falls. Dr. Rosburg’s photos have been published in
magazines such as “Sierra” magazine, “Iowa’s Natural Heritage”
magazine, and “Iowan” magazine, and in books including Iowa Breeding
Bird Atlas, The Science of Agriculture: A Biological Approach,
Heartland of a Continent and Fragile Giants. The Iowa
Department of Natural Resources commissioned a project in 2001, entitled
“Images of Iowa: Photographs of a state’s natural resources.”
addition, Raki Giannakouros of Dubuque and Jason Schatz of Madison, WI,
received the Grassroots Activist award. Raki and Jason developed a
feasibiity plan as a part of greendubuque.org. The plan showed how
Dubuque could reduce greenhouse gases by 50 percent by 2030 and convinced
Dubuque's City Council by a 7-0 vote to adopt this goal. Neither Raki
nor Jason were able to attend the dinner to receive the award.
Carter of Iowa City received the Activist Award. Zach has led the
charge in the Beyond Coal Campaign at all three Board of Regents universities
and has organized a chapter of the Sierra Student Coalition at the University
of Iowa. Many students have been participating in these efforts but Zach
stands out as their leader and as has distinguished himself through his
efforts. Zach was unable to accept his award in person because he was
conducting a tour of coal mines in southern Illinois.
to all of this year's award winners.
a list of past award winners.
Last updated 12.13.2011
More than 30
Sierra Club members and supporters attended the 2011 Annual Dinner in
Coralville. All subjects are identified from left to right.
Charlie Winterwood and Dr. Gene Takle chat before the dinner.
Mike Carberry and Debbie
Neustadt enjoy the social hour.
Executive Committee members
Pam Mackey-Taylor, Wally Taylor and Jerry Neff chat during the social
Rob Hogg Dianne Dillon-Ridgley
Louise Murray, Ed
Heffon and Barb Schlachter await their meals.