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Release: Aug. 1, 2002
Crash Survivor, UI Specialists to Appear at State Fair
An extensive slate of luminaries is scheduled to appear on the center stage
of the University of Iowas booth at the 2002 Iowa State Fair, including
a young woman whose story captured the attention of the nation.
Lindsay Thomas, 19, first became familiar to Iowans and people across the
United States in April 2001, when she was pinned in her wrecked car for five
days and lost both of her legs below the knee. Her story of bravery and survival
captivated many, leading to appearances on "Today, Good Morning
America, and The Ananda Lewis Show, plus numerous media
outlets across Iowa and around the country. More recently, Dateline
NBC and People updated Lindsays story.
Thomas will attend a special ceremony at the fair at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug.
9, when the Department of Transportation workers who found her will receive
the Governors Lifesaving Award. She will also appear from 1:30 to 3
p.m. on the center stage of the University of Iowas booth, located in
the southwest corner of the Varied Industries Building.
A host of UI researchers, faculty and staff also will appear on the UI booth's
center stage over the course of the fair, which runs from Thursday, Aug. 8
through Sunday, Aug. 18.
Among the scheduled presentations are UI physics and astronomy professors
playing sounds from outer space, biology professor David Soll demonstrating
the acoustic treatment of swine odor, storyteller Steve Thunder-McGuire with
a recumbent bike he built and pedals across the world while gathering stories,
UI engineering students and their "BattleBot," demonstrations of
hand book-binding and calligraphy, Herky and Iowa's cheerleaders, and many
other features. A complete schedule of UI center stage events is available
online at http://www.uiowa.edu/statefair/
(EDITORS: A full schedule also is provided at the end of this release.)
Newly designed for 2002, the UI booth also will feature a kiosk where visitors
can send virtual postcards to friends and family, a video carousel displaying
many of the UI's outreach efforts, a HawkShop, the 2001 Sylvania Alamo Bowl
trophy, a UI Health Care exhibit with free health screenings, life-size photos
of Iowa's coaches and giveaways, including temporary Tigerhawk tattoos, football
posters and refrigerator magnets with the football season schedule.
UI Center Stage Schedule of Events
Thursday, Aug. 8
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Engineering the Hawkeye BattleBot You've seen them
on TV -- mechanical miscreants with jaws of steel, spinning blades and hidden
hammers duking it out under remote control. Now meet one of them in "person."
UI College of Engineering undergraduate students Peter Andersen, Corey Metzger,
Ross Oien and Robert Olson will show off their creation, answer questions
and show a short video demonstrating some of their BattleBot's capabilities.
The group hopes to design a human controlled robot that may win an opportunity
to compete on the nationally televised cable program, BattleBots, on the Comedy
1 to 5 p.m. David Soll: Acoustic Management of Swine Odor Dr. David
Soll will discuss his research, which involves studying the degree to which
sound waves can help manage gas production at large pork production facilities
and alleviate associated odors. The technology may be able to dramatically
reduce odors and expand the nutrient value of hog manure used in fertilizer.
Friday, Aug. 9
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. University of Iowa Press Staff from the University
of Iowa Press will display and talk about some of the upcoming book titles
they're publishing, as well as some of their current regional titles. Among
the books that will be on display are "A Bountiful Harvest: The Midwestern
Farm Photographs of Pete Wettach, 1925-1965" by Leslie Loveless; "Central
Standard: A Time, a Place, a Family/A Memoir about growing up in Davis County,
Iowa" by Patrick Irelan; "Iowa Railroads: The Essays of Frank P.
Donovan, Jr." edited by H. Roger Grant; "Up a Country Lane Cookbook"
by Evelyn Birkby; and "Gardening in Iowa and Surrounding Areas"
by Veronica Lorson Fowler. UI Press staff will also be giving away "Iowa
Grows Books" posters, postcards of "Central Standard," copies
of "Prairie in Your Pocket" by Mark Muller (a laminated fold-out
guide) and a photo-illustrated pamphlet about "A Bountiful Harvest."
They will also be providing their newest catalogs and ordering information.
1:30 to 3 p.m. Lindsay Thomas. Thomas, 19, first became familiar to
Iowans and people across the United States in April 2001, when she was pinned
in her wrecked car for five days and lost both of her legs below the knee.
Her story of bravery and survival captivated many, leading to appearances
on "Today, Good Morning America, and The Ananda
Lewis Show, plus numerous media outlets across Iowa and around the country.
More recently, Dateline NBC and People updated Lindsays
3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Storyteller Steve Thunder-McGuire University of
Iowa art education instructor Steve Thunder-McGuire will spin tales for visitors
to the UI booth. Thunder-McGuire, who spent much of the summer biking across
Iceland as part of a story-telling project, is an internationally known artist
and storyteller who has carved out a unique niche for himself through a combination
of sculpture, storytelling and bicycle riding. He creates bicycles and tricycles
as both art works and vehicles, he rides them around the country -- and now
around the world -- and he tells and collects stories wherever he goes.
Saturday, Aug. 10
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discovering the World Through University of Iowa International
Programs Take a trip around the world without ever leaving the fairgrounds.
Members of the UI International Programs community will be on hand to share
their knowledge and international experiences. Visitors to the center stage
area will learn how to write their names in foreign languages, form beautiful
paper creations with the Japanese art of origami, and play a simple tune on
musical instruments native to different countries. They'll also be able to
share their experience with friends and relatives back home by creating an
Sunday, Aug. 11
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Office of the State Archaeologist: Ancient Technologies
See history come alive when representatives of the Office of the State Archaeologist
demonstrate ancient technologies including flintknapping, bone tool manufacture,
cordage making, pottery manufacture, atlatl and spear manufacture, bows and
arrows and drills and fire starters.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Herky and the UI Cheerleaders Catch some black and
gold spirit at the UI booth. The University of Iowa Hawkeye mascot, Herky,
and UI cheerleaders will visit fairgoers in and around the UI booth.
Monday, Aug. 12
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. College of Public Health: The Iowa Center for Public Health
Awareness As the events of Sept. 11 and the anthrax mail scare demonstrated,
public health emergencies can arise anywhere, anytime. All communities need
skilled personnel to respond to health threats such as bioterrorism, infectious
diseases, and natural disasters. To help ensure the health and safety of all
Iowans, the Iowa Center for Public Health Preparedness (ICPHP) is training
the state's public health workers to better identify and respond to new and
emerging public health threats. Learn about the educational programs and activities
offered by the ICPHP and two affiliated public health centers, the Center
for Public Health Practice and the Upper Midwest Public Health Training Center.
1 to 5 p.m. College of Public Health: Quitline Iowa Helps Smokers Go
Smoke-Free Quitline Iowa is a statewide, toll-free smoking cessation hotline
operated by the Iowa Tobacco Research Center, based in the UI Department of
Community and Behavioral Health. Research shows that people who receive phone
counseling during the quitting process are twice as likely to remain smoke-free
as those attempting to quit on their own. Quitline Iowa counselors will be
on hand to provide literature, offer suggestions, and answer questions about
smoking cessation strategies that work.
Tuesday, Aug. 13
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. UI Libraries' Conservator Gary Frost: Hand Bookbinding
The University of Iowa Libraries' conservator Gary Frost will demonstrate
the art of hand bookbinding. In an interactive display including graphics
and demonstrations of methods of historical bookbinding in America, Frost
will involve audience members in his art and provide an opportunity for children
to make their own books, patterned after 18th century pamphlets.
1 to 5 p.m. Physics and Astronomy: The Sights and Sounds of Space
The UI department of physics and astronomy will play a variety of sounds captured
in space, including chirping bird-like sounds created when the solar wind
collides with Jupiter's ionosphere, and the "whistler," a rapidly
descending tone caused by lightning discharges above Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus
-- and even Earth. NASA has commissioned a musical composition inspired by
the sounds, which have been collected on various spacecraft over the past
35 years by internationally known University of Iowa researcher Donald Gurnett.
The internationally famous Kronos Quartet will give the composition's world
premier during a performance in the University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium
Wednesday, Aug. 14
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the "Name" of Art: Calligraphy by Glen
Epstein, UI Center for the Book "Get to know one of the most quirky
and original calligraphic artists working today." That's how the current
issue of the Letter Arts Review, which is considered the calligraphic voice
of the world, describes the University of Iowa's Glen Epstein in its seven-page
spread about him and his work. During Epstein's four hours on "center
stage" in the UI State Fair booth, he will write the names of fair-goers
and transform them into art. "It's wonderful when people watch the name
being written and think, 'No way!' Then, with a few added touches, color,
a red dot, it comes together."
1 to 5 p.m. Interim University of Iowa President Willard "Sandy"
Boyd Sandy Boyd, the new interim president of the University of Iowa,
will be available for conversation with and questions from Iowans. Boyd --
no stranger to Iowa or the University of Iowa -- was president of the university
from 1969 to 1981, and prior to that served as Vice President for Academic
Affairs and Dean of the Faculties. He left in 1981 to become president of
The Field Museum of Chicago, but returned to Iowa City again in 1996. He has
been a law professor in the University of Iowa College of Law, and an active
member of the university and Iowa City community ever since. Infinitely personable
and gregarious, he relishes the opportunity to meet and visit with Iowans
about what is on their minds. Boyd recently founded The Iowa Nonprofit Resource
Center, which provides information and service to community organizations
throughout the state. Please stop by the University of Iowa exhibit in the
Varied Industries Building to say "hello" to the new interim president
of the University of Iowa.
5 to 9 p.m. David Wilder: Simplifying the Spine Dr. David Wilder,
associate professor of biomedical engineering, will use coffee cans to demonstrate
for visitors to the UI booth how the human spine works. Wilder, associate
professor of occupational and environmental health and director and senior
research scientist in the Jolt/Vibration/Seating Laboratory, Iowa Spine Research
Center, will also discuss how people can prevent common spinal injuries.
Thursday, Aug. 15
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center The John Pappajohn
Entrepreneurial Center will be showing visitors how it's helping encourage
business start-ups through such programs as its FastTrac training programs
held across the state to programs for young entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurship
and new business formation class members will also be taking orders for t-shirts
to raise $350,000 to refurbish an aging New York City fire station.
Friday, Aug. 16
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Invent Iowa: Bright Young Minds at Work Thirty elementary,
middle and high school students who took part in the Invent Iowa invention
convention at the University of Iowa this year will display their handiwork.
Come see what makes "The Perfect Shower" so perfect, how the "Dog
Doorbell" can make your life easier, why "Simply Seeds" is
a must have for the avid gardener, as well as dozens of other devices dreamed
up by some of Iowa's brightest young minds.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Herky and the UI Cheerleaders
Saturday, Aug. 17
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Herky and the UI Cheerleaders