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April 8, 2004

Engineering Symposium On Cognitive Design Set For April 15

"Cognitive Design: Developing Technology for the Human Mind" is the subject of the 2004 Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society to be held from 4:30 until 8 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in Room 100, Phillips Hall.

The symposium will examine technology from a human factors standpoint, stressing how people interact with technology and how technology unknowingly shapes their lives. Speakers will include Alex Kirlik, an associate professor in the Institute of Aviation's Human Factors Division, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Daniel McGehee, the director of the Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Program at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center; and Monica Correia, a visiting assistant professor in the School of Art and Art History design area at the University of Iowa and previously an adjunct professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro School of Architecture in Brazil.

The purpose of the annual symposium is to provide a forum to discuss aspects of technology that will affect society both today and in the future. The 2004 symposium is the 35th annual technology symposium. The event was renamed in 1993 in honor of Paul D. Scholz, who received numerous awards for his teaching and served as advisor to Tau Beta Pi for 20 years and as associate dean of the UI College of Engineering from 1979 until his death in 1992.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the UI College of Engineering chapter of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society; the UI Student Government; and the UI College of Engineering.

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 UI College of Engineering at 319-335-5764.

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