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April 20, 2007

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UI Engineers Hold Muffin Sale To Honor Va. Tech Shooting Victim April 24

A group of University of Iowa College of Engineering students are planning to honor the memory of one of the victims of the recent shooting incident at Virginia Tech by helping to raise money for a memorial scholarship fund.

The fund-raiser -- a muffin sale -- will be held from 8 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the South Entrance Lobby of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences on Capitol Street, just across the street from the CVS Pharmacy in the Old Capitol Town Center.

Contributors to the fund will receive a muffin for their contribution to the fund. Also, one dozen assorted muffins and commemorative ribbon/pins may be ordered for delivery to offices on or near the UI campus for a contribution of $100 per order. Tax-deductible contributions made to the scholarship fund will also be accepted at the sales table, and checks should be made out to "UI HFES Student Chapter." Those who wish to contribute but not attend the muffin sale should mail their checks to: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Room 3131, Seamans Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242.

The students, who are members of the UI student chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society (HFES), are holding the sale to help establish a memorial scholarship fund for the late Dr. Kevin Granata, a Virginia Tech engineering professor who contributed to human factors research at Virginia Tech. The UI chapter is working with its counterpart chapter at Virginia Tech on the project and has set a UI fund-raising goal of at least $1,000 in contributions. The UI students note that corporate matching funds, as well as individual donations, are welcome.

The UI chapter of HFES is a non-profit student organization that strives to raise awareness of human factors issues throughout the academic and external communities by sponsoring speakers, programs and seminars. Human factors and ergonomics make up a scientific discipline concerned focused on understanding interactions among humans and various elements of a system. It also includes a profession that applies theory, principles, data, and other elements to the field of design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.

To learn more about the muffin sale, arrange for muffin delivery, or make a contribution, contact James Echelbarger, University of Iowa HFES secretary, at

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

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