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Oct. 5, 2004

Symposium Part Of Oct. 12 UI Visit By World Food Prize Recipient

The University of Iowa will host, "Perspectives on the Impact of Science on Global Health and Humanitarianism," as part of the Oct. 12 visit to the UI by Monty Jones, co-recipient of the 2004 World Food Prize.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 in the Urmila Sahai Seminar Room (Room 2117) of the Medical Education and Biomedical Research Facility (MERF). Later, Jones will deliver a free, public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in Room 101 of Biology Building East.

Jones is a plant biologist and executive secretary of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa, based in Ghana. At the symposium, he will discuss his World Food Prize-winning "New Rice for Africa (NERICA)," a strain of rice developed in the 1990s to adapt to the growing conditions of West Africa. Developed by crossing Asian and African rice strains, the new rice is drought- and pest-resistant and capable of producing higher yields. It is credited for improving harvests among thousands of poor farmers in the region, with the potential benefit for 20 million farmers in West Africa alone.

Several UI faculty members also will deliver presentations at the symposium. Linda Maxson, Ph.D., dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will give opening remarks.

Paul Greenough, Ph.D., professor of history in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will provide a historical overview of Iowa's contributions to global food and medical science.

Jeff Murray, M.D., professor of pediatrics in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, will discuss international clinical trials for birth defect treatment and prevention.

Mary Wilson, M.D., professor of internal medicine in the UI Carver College of Medicine, will discuss nutrition and tropical infectious diseases.

The symposium speakers, as well as Susan Beebout, M.D., chief resident in the UI Department of Internal Medicine, will participate in a panel discussion, moderated by Christopher Squier, Ph.D., D.Sc., UI associate provost for health sciences, and John Donelson, Ph.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Biochemistry.

The symposium is supported in part by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.

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