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Release: Jan. 15, 2002

WiderNet Project Will Be Discussed On WSUI's 'Iowa Talks' Jan. 17

The University of Iowa's WiderNet Project, which seeks to improve digital communication for people in developing countries, will be the subject of the Thursday, Jan. 17 edition of Iowa Talks on WSUI. WSUI Program Director Dennis Reese and International Programs Director Diana Davies will co-host a discussion with WiderNet Project co-directors Cliff Missen and Michael McNulty on their innovative project in Nigeria that seeks to connect Nigerian faculty, students and staff with the Internet.

WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio station serving eastern Iowa, broadcasts the call-in public affairs program from 10-11 a.m. weekdays.

Missen and McNulty, a UI professor of geography, will discuss how The WiderNet Project is closing the breach in technology that exists between Iowan and Nigerian universities by training computer technicians and coaching decision-makers at Nigerian universities, helping them to increase bandwidth, establish university intranets, and build their local area networks.

Saweda Liverpool, a UI graduate student in the Third World Development Support program from the University of Jos in Nigeria, will join the discussion to talk about the impact that digital communications have on staff and students at those African universities that have garnered some sort of Internet connectivity.

To join the live discussion with questions, comments and concerns to (319) 466-9100, and (866) 780-9100, toll free in Iowa and Illinois. For more information on the WiderNet Project, visit their Web site at For more information about WSUI, visit their Web site at or call (319) 335-5730.