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Jan. 30, 2004

Wilson To Speak At February 'Finding God At Iowa' Luncheon

Mary Wilson, professor in the Departments of Internal Medicine, Microbiology and Epidemiology, will speak at the February 'Finding God at Iowa' lunch forum on Friday, Feb. 6 at noon in River Room #1 of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Begun seven years ago, the noon series is designed to foster an environment in which the relevance of the life of the Spirit to the life of the mind can be openly discussed. The forum is free and open to the public.

After training at the University of Michigan and University of Virginia, Wilson joined the division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Iowa. She runs a research laboratory studying the molecular biology and immunology of leishmaniasis, and genetic determinants of human susceptibility to lesishmaniasis in Brazil. Through a Fulbright Senior Lecturing Research scholarship, she spent a semester in 1998 teaching at the Universidad Federal do Rio Grande do Norte in Natal, Brazil. Wilson was also one of four University of Iowa faculty members who was a recipient of a 2001-2002 International Programs' Major Research Projects award.

The 'Finding God at Iowa' noon series is a program of the Geneva Campus Ministry at the University of Iowa. It is designed to complement the well-known Geneva Lecture Series that brings speakers to UI campus to speak on a wide range of issues from a Judeo-Christian perspective. It is supported by nearly 20 Roman Catholic, Mainline and Evangelical churches and student organizations in the Iowa City/Coralville area.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, Jason Chen, director of Geneva Campus Ministry, 319-341-0007,