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Aug. 12, 2004

UI To Spotlight Surgery, Synthetic Vision At State Fair Aug. 13

Learn why UI Hospitals and Clinics and the UI Carver College of Medicine are a cut above the others by visiting the UI's Iowa State Fair booth in Des Moines on Friday, Aug. 13.

The Fun in the Operating Room presentation will give booth visitors a close-up and personal view of some of the techniques and special instruments used in surgery. Later in the day, fairgoers can fly a virtual airplane as part of a presentation on Synthetic Vision: Helping Airplane Pilots See Better. And topping the list of prizes in the daily drawing will be tickets to the upcoming Iowa-Michigan State football game.

Also Friday, the University of Iowa Health Care portion of the booth will feature Compulsive Gambling Study Information and Recruitment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Throughout the fair, which runs Aug. 12-22, the UI will offer a variety of exciting exhibits, presentations, visits by special guests (including Herky and the UI cheerleading and dance teams), free posters and temporary tattoos and daily drawings for free Iowa tickets, merchandise and more. This year's booth theme, as last year, is "Iowa: Your University."

The Iowa booth is located in the southwest corner of the Varied Industries Building.

The schedule for Friday, Aug. 13 is as follows:

* 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Fun in the Operating Room (sponsored by HSC Tour Program - OR, Perioperative Nursing Division - UIHC)

* 3 to 8 p.m. -- Synthetic Vision: Helping Airplane Pilots See Better (sponsored by the UI College of Engineering)

* End of day: Drawings for daily prizes, which include Iowa vs. Michigan State football tickets; Touchdown Iowa Highlight Video (two drawings); Brad Banks Heisman DVD; Hawkeye T-shirt; Hawkeye cap; Alumni T-shirt; Squeeze Herky; Alumni Association Football Calendar; and Alumni Association Pen/Pencil Set and Calculator

For the full UI fair schedule, visit

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,