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Release: May 22, 2001

UI WISE program gives books to Iowa City Community School District

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As part of an on-going K-12 Library Project, the University of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program recently presented each of the 17 elementary schools in the Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) with a three-volume set of role-modeling books valued at more than $500 each.

This is the second consecutive year that WISE has presented the Iowa City Schools with books in what is planned as an annual donation.

Chris Peterson Brus, WISE program director, says that the idea is to give the schools books that enable girls to read about women in positions of excellence so that they, in turn, will be challenged to aim high in their lives. Brus says she hopes the gift will increase the opportunities for girls of all ages to explore science and engineering in order that they may reach their full potential. She adds that it is also important for boys to see women in positions of excellence in fields where they have been historically under-represented to help negate the gender stereotyping of jobs and careers.

The UI WISE Program works with science, engineering and mathematics programs at the University of Iowa to increase the participation and advancement of women as students, faculty and professional staff. It develops outreach programs for pre-college students while striving to inform the public of educational and career opportunities for women in scientific and technical fields.

For further information about WISE, or to request a list of books appropriate for girls and young women, contact Chris Brus, director, at (319) 353-3511 or at