CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 20, 2000
UI hosts renowned geographer as Ida Beam Lecturer May
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Helen Couclelis, professor of geography
at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will lecture on urban change
in the information age May 4 at the University of Iowa as an Ida Cordelia
Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. A specialist in urban geography, planning
and modeling, she received her doctorate from Cambridge University.
Her free, public lecture "Sustainable accessibility
in the information age: Can we avoid a new 'tragedy of the commons'?" will
be presented from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4 in Room 40 of Schaeffer Hall.
Couclelis will address problems for urban development
posed by changing the needs for transportation to those of telecommunications.
Her visit is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts
department of geography and the Ida Cordelia Beam Visiting Professor Program.
Ida Beam, a native of Vinton, willed her family farm to the UI Foundation
in 1977. Her only university connection was a relative who graduated from
the College of Medicine. With proceeds from the sale of the farm, the UI established
a fund to bring a variety of top scholars to the university for lectures and
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend
all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation
in order to participate should contact the department of geography in advance