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Retired Marshalltown surgeon donates $2.2M to ISU for climate science endowment


The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University has received a $2.2 million gift aimed at advancing climate science education at ISU, the Iowa State University Foundation announced. The gift from Dr. John Graether, a retired surgeon from Marshalltown, will be used to establish the Graether Family Fund for Climate Science Advancement. The fund will provide support for the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences to increase interdisciplinary climate science programming that would include such areas of studies as statistics, mathematics, computer science, sociology, communication and design. The newly established endowed fund will support faculty and staff in the development and coordination of programming, as well as scholarships and undergraduate research experiences relevant to climate science. Funds may also support a variety of other student-learning activities, such as field trips and field courses, equipment and conference travel support, as well as climate-education outreach activities, some of which would involve Iowa State’s award-winning student chapter of the American Meteorological Society. Graether was an ophthalmic surgeon at the Wolfe Eye Clinic from 1962 until his retirement in 2014. He invented several instruments and techniques in ophthalmic surgery and ophthalmic photography and has been awarded several patents.

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