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UI to host Iowa Space Grant Conference Oct. 30

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host the Eighth Annual Conference of the Iowa Space Grant Consortium Friday, Oct. 30 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

In addition to technical presentations on topics ranging from technology experiments using high altitude balloons to the use of remote sensing in evaluating plant diseases, the conference will feature a student poster session and a luncheon speaker: Dr. Allen J. Parmet, medical director for Trans World Airlines, Kansas City, Mo. and vice president of the American College of Aerospace Medicine, on "Human Space Flight: Expanding Biomedical Knowledge."

Parmet, who also serves as preceptor of the Clinical Faculty, University of Missouri at Kansas City, has published extensively in the field. Among his many honors, he is a Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association and academician of the International Association of Aviation and Space Medicine.

P. Barry Butler, professor of mechanical engineering and associate dean for academic programs in the University of Iowa College of Engineering, as well as UI campus coordinator for the consortium, said that the annual meeting serves as a forum for presenting research findings and increasing general interest in space-related research.

While in Iowa City, conference participants will have an opportunity to visit Old Capitol Mall to tour the free, interactive exhibit, The Iowa Space Pioneers. The exhibit celebrates the leading role University of Iowa department of physics and astronomy researchers have played in the exploration of space and includes satellites, scientific instruments, past and present project information and hands-on activities.

Conference registration may be completed in advance or at the door and sessions are free, with the exception of the luncheon, which requires preregistration and an $8 fee. Additional information about the conference and preregistration may be obtained by visiting the website at or by contacting the consortium at either 800-854-1667, 515-294-3106, or

The non-profit consortium, established in 1990, is supported by NASA, with additional support from academic affiliates, industry and Iowa aerospace associations. Its academic affiliates are the UI, Iowa State University, the University of Northern Iowa and Drake University. Its purpose is to coordinate and improve Iowa's future in aerospace science, design and technology, and its focus is to stimulate aerospace research, education and outreach activities throughout Iowa.