Middle Bit: UI wins $115 million grant to study magnetic fields

NASA is awarding the University of Iowa its largest ever grant to study the mysterious interactions between the magnetic fields of the Earth and sun.

Craig Kletzing, a professor in the UI physics and astronomy department, says they will use the $115 million grant to design and build two satellites that will be placed in orbit about 300 miles up.

The project, called Tandem Reconnection and Cusp Electrodynamics Reconnaissance Satellites (TRACERS), is part of a larger initiative, NASA’s Explorers Program, which is studying how the sun affects space and the space environment around planets.

Out of more than 35,000 projects awarded to the UI since 1965, this grant is the only research award of more than $100 million.

Fleet Farm plans to hire more than 200 for Cedar Rapids store

Fleet Farm has announced plans to hire more than 200 team members for the new Fleet Farm stores in Cedar Rapids opening this September. 

“Our goal is to hire and train a knowledgeable team of outdoor enthusiasts who are ready to bring the new Fleet Farm to life for our Iowa customers,” said James Metcalf, Fleet Farm Cedar Rapids general manager, said in a news release. “I am eager to get the right team in place as we prepare to bring the Fleet Farm experience to Cedar Rapids.”  

Fleet Farm, headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin, offers merchandise and services for active, outdoor, suburban and farm communities. The new Cedar Rapids Fleet Farm is located at 4650 Cross Pointe Blvd.

NewBoCo opens applications for fall intrapreneur academy program

NewBoCo is now accepting applications for the fall 2019 group of its Intrapreneur Academy.

The year-long program, set to start Oct. 4, will focus on a different “innovation competency” each quarter, including agility, methods, culture and strategy.

NewBoCo will recruit five to eight teams, representing a mix of for-profit, not-for-profit and governmental groups.

Interested participants can apply here