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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 Iowa’s 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 Lindsay’s 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 Governor’s Lifesaving Award. She will also appear from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on the center stage of the University of Iowa’s 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 (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 Channel.

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 Lindsay’s story.

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 international postcard.

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 this fall.

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