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Release: April 19, 1999

UI engineering lecture on low back pain scheduled for April 22

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- William Marras, professor of industrial and systems engineering at Ohio State University, will deliver a Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture, "Advances in Control of Low Back Disorders," at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22 in Buchannan Auditorium at the John Pappajohn Business Administration Building. The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering, the department of biomedical engineering and Caterpillar Inc.

In his talk Marras plans to discuss the importance of trunk motion to evaluating low back disorder, one of the most troublesome and costly health problems facing society. His research for the past 15 years has centered on an attempt to understand how trunk motion affects the risk of low back disorder and the biomechanical functioning of the lower back.

The Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture Series is made possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering. The fund also supports a colloquium series that brings prominent engineers to the UI campus to present one-day seminars for students and faculty. In addition, it provides computer equipment to help undergraduates conduct on-line searches of engineering patent literature.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this program are asked to contact the College of Engineering in advance at 319-335-5764.