WRITER: SETH KAPLAN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Nov. 14, 2000
UI professor to speak on China's Three Gorges Dam project Nov. 17
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Three Gorges Dam project is one of the most complex
and ambitious projects undertaken in China since the Great Wall. Jacob Odgaard,
a University of Iowa engineering professor, and his graduate assistant Jennifer
Holman-Dodds will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "China's
Three Gorges Project: An International Perspective," at noon Friday,
Nov. 17 in the Rockwell Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N.
Clinton St. The program is open to the public.
The Three Gorges Dam project is designed to generate power and control flooding
in China. However, the dam has raised a number of environmental and social
problems. Odgaard will summarize the project's goals and discuss the pros
and cons from an international perspective.
Odgaard, a member of the UI faculty since 1977, is the associate dean of
engineering and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the
UI. He also is a research engineer at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research
(IIHR). Odgaard attended the Technical University of Denmark and was a post-doctoral
scholar at the University of Cambridge.
The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon Wednesday, Nov. 15. The
meal will be catered by Taste of China and the cost is $6 for members and
$7 for non-members.
Odgaard's speech is co-sponsored by UI International Programs and IIHR and
is presented in part with support from Mike Cilek, Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Professional. The presentation will also be aired on WSUI-AM (910) radio on
Monday, Nov. 20 following the noon news.
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) is a non-profit association
of university and community people interested in U.S. foreign policy, world
affairs and global issues affecting world societies. The group provides members
with opportunities to hear more than 35 experts a year who come to the UI
campus and Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area to speak.
The ICFRC is part of the UI International Programs, which consists of many
centers, academic programs, degree programs, research projects and services.
These units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and
promote research, teaching and global scholarship.
For more information about registering for the luncheon, contact Marianne
Weiss of the ICFRC at (319) 335-0351.