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Aug. 27, 2003

Voodoo Science Is Subject Of Sept. 17 Lecture

The public's belief in space aliens will be among the subjects discussed during the annual Kurtz Lecture, titled "Voodoo Science," at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering department of electrical and computer engineering, the lecture will be delivered by Robert L. Park, University of Maryland physics professor and director of the Washington Office of the American Physical Society (APS). A former head of the Surface Physics Division at Sandia Laboratories in Albuquerque, Park is also the founding editor of the journal Applications of Surface Science and a Fellow of the APS, the American Vacuum Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Park is the author of the book, "Voodoo Science: The Road From Foolishness to Fraud," as well as "What's New," a weekly electronic commentary on science policy issues. A regular contributor of opinion articles appearing in the news media, he is the recipient of the 1998 APS Joseph A. Burton Award for contributions to the public understanding of issues involving physics and society.

The annual Kurtz Lecture is named for the late Edwin B. Kurtz, professor and head of the UI electrical engineering department between 1929 and 1960. He was the architect of the world's first educational television station and directed the operation of the experimental station W9xk in Iowa City during the 1930s.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the department of electrical and computer engineering in advance at 335-5197.

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