The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 18, 2005

UI Speakers Bureau Connects Faculty, Staff With Iowa Groups

The University of Iowa shares its educational opportunities with communities around the state by sending faculty and staff members to speak to a wide variety of community organizations. This effort is coordinated through the UI Speakers Bureau, which provides a list of available speakers and topics and encourages groups of all kinds -- service clubs, professional and educational associations, library groups, senior centers, schools, churches -- to invite a UI speaker to their town.

This year, the Speakers Bureau joins the university's celebration of the Year of Public Engagement with a group of featured speakers who can address ways Iowans can benefit from university resources and expertise as well as the university's efforts to reach out to communities around the state in support of local business, health, civic, and economic development efforts. Featured speakers and topics include:

-- "Smoking Cessation," Mary Lober Aquilino, deputy director of the Iowa Tobacco Research Center

-- "Public Health Preparedness," Chris Atchison, associate dean for public health practice in the College of Public Health

-- "Nonprofits in Iowa," Willard "Sandy" Boyd, UI president emeritus, Rawlings-Miller Professor of Law and co-founder of the Larned A Waterman Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center

-- Building Entrepreneurship Communities" David Hensley, director of the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

-- "Team Building in the Workplace," Lynn Jahn, instructor and assistant director, John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

-- "Cancer Prevention and Control," John B. Lowe, head of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health in the College of Public Health, associate director for population science for the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, and director of the Iowa Prevention Research Center and the Iowa Tobacco Research Center

-- "HIV Prevention," Andrew Peterson, director for research at the UI Prevention Research Center, studying child welfare, HIV and substance abuse prevention, infant mortality, community policing and violence prevention

-- "Community Building Initiatives," Andy Stoll, UI student and staff member and co-founder of the nonprofit James Gang

-- "Applying Continuous Quality Improvement Tools in Health Care Organizations," Tanya Uden-Holman, associate dean for education and student affairs in the College of Public Health and deputy director of the Institute for Public Health Practice

-- "Iowa Water Quality Issues," Pete Weyer, associate director of the UI Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination

These and many other speakers offer insights on topics of interest and use to Iowans, whether local or global, cultural or political, scientific or literary. During the 2004-05 academic year the UI Speakers Bureau scheduled faculty and staff members to speak to more than 50 groups statewide, including the Clinton Issues Group, Shalom Conference Center in Dubuque, Meth-Wick Retirement Home in Cedar Rapids, Marshalltown Literary Study Club, Kiwanis and Rotary groups in Cedar Rapids, Council Bluffs, Fort Dodge, Fort Madison, Newton, Quad Cities and Waterloo, and high school and college groups in Grinnell, Olin and the Quad Cities.

Information about the Speakers Bureau, including a list of potential topics is available online, Speakers can be arranged by filling out the online speaker request form or by contacting Jane Van Voorhis at 319/335-0011,

UI President David Skorton has declared the 2005-2006 academic year the Year of Public Engagement, during which the university community will be encouraged to intensify its efforts and sharpen its focus on engagement with the public and public issues at the local, state, national, and international levels.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,; Program: Jane Van Voorhis, 319-335-0011,


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

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,;