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Oct. 24, 2006

'My Aching Back' Presentation Set For Nov. 1 In Des Moines

As part of the University of Iowa Alumni Association's Lifelong Learning Series, UI Professor David Wilder will present "My Aching Back" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, in Room 301 of the Pappajohn Education Center, 1200 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.

Participants will be shown how the back works and interacts with external influences, and how to prevent back problems before they occur. He will also discuss some recent engineering advances used to prevent and treat back injuries. Using toys, springs, cookies, marshmallows and music, Wilder will teach participants about the mechanics of the spine. His presentation appeals to a wide audience and has been given to kindergartners, chronic back pain patients and professionals alike.

Wilder is an associate professor of biomedical engineering at the UI. For the past 30 years he has studied spine biomechanics, focusing on workplaces that involve driving. Wilder received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Vermont in 1985.

A reception with light refreshments will begin at 6 p.m. This event before the program is free and open to the public, but participants are encouraged to RSVP by Oct. 30; contact the UI Alumni Association online at or by calling 800-469-2586.

Lifelong Learning is an educational outreach series sponsored by the University of Iowa Alumni Association and developed in partnership with UI Colleges and departments. Each year, UI faculty and staff share their knowledge and experience with alumni and friends of the university at events held in cities across Iowa.

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

CONTACTS: Program: UI Alumni Association, 800-469-2586. Media: George McCrory, 319-384-0012,