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Release: April 20, 2000

UI hosts renowned geographer as Ida Beam Lecturer May 4

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 discussions.

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 at 335-0151.