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March 25, 2004

Engineering Research Scientist To Discuss Water Quality In Mexico March 29

Craig Just, University of Iowa College of Engineering associate research scientist and head of the college's International Engineering Service Program (IESP), will speak about access to safe drinking water in Mexico as part of the International Mondays lecture series, from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the International Center Lounge. The lecture is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Just and 10 UI students traveled to the Gulf Coast city of Xicotopec, Mexico, to learn more about the water treatment process in the city and associated problems. While in Mexico, Just and the students gathered water quality data and discussed the importance of water with elementary children and college students. A potable drinking water fair held in the town square also attracted hundreds of local citizens.

The IESP has partnered with Rotary District 6000 to provide engineering and water resource expertise in developing communities. The IESP seeks to produce engineering graduates with a sense of international responsibility; develop students with personal skills necessary to work on a multidisciplinary team with colleagues from another country and develop professional skills by participating in project planning, execution and evaluation.

During his lecture, Just will discuss how 1.2 billion people in the world do not have access to safe drinking water, and 2.4 billion people are without adequate waste water treatment. Just says that polluted water contributes to the death of 15 million children every year, and people need to get involved to improve the situation.

For more information on this lecture or on International Mondays, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually presented from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345; Writer: Kent Nguyen