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Oct. 13, 2005

Just To Discuss The Engineers' Roles In Developing Countries Oct. 18

University of Iowa engineering professor Craig Just will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "The Role of Developed-World Engineers in Developing Countries such as Haiti" on Tuesday, Oct. 18, at noon in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Just, an adjunct assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering and vice president for research and development at Ecolotree(r), Inc., is a faculty advisor for the UI student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, a nonprofit organization working to reduce poverty and improve global sustainability. This organization has a network of more than 3,000 professionals and students who work through domestic and international development, work, education and public outreach to provide solutions to the problem of the needs of a growing population and the depletion of natural resources. UI engineering students have traveled to Mexico and Haiti with the group and have returned with a deeper understanding of life in developing nations.

This program is made possible by the support of West Bank and Meardon, Sueppel, and Downer. The event is being catered by The Pit Smokehouse. For those unable to attend, WSUI (AM-910) will broadcast the lecture on Wednesday, Oct. 19, following the noon news.

Send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 140 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1802. Reservations for the Just luncheon should be received by noon, Friday Oct. 14. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members. For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Tom Baldridge at 319-335-0351.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects, and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and 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: Tom Baldridge, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Erin Vaughn