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Aug. 8, 2007

Photo: (top) UI President Sally Mason will continue meeting Iowans when she attends the Iowa State Fair on Friday, Aug. 10; (below) Fairgoers of all ages will enjoy visiting the UI exhibit at the Iowa State Fair.

UI Presents 'Remarkable' Exhibits At The Iowa State Fair

The University of Iowa will present some of its remarkable programs and people, including new UI President Sally Mason, at an exhibit Aug. 9-19 at the University of Iowa Booth at the 2007 Iowa State Fair. This year, the theme of the UI State Fair exhibit is "Be remarkable," highlighting some truly remarkable research, outreach and education taking place at the UI.

Visitors will have a chance to meet and welcome new UI President Sally Mason on Friday, Aug. 10, from about 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the UI Booth, which is located in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fair grounds.

Gary Barta, director of Intercollegiate Athletics at the UI, will also be at the UI exhibit from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Todd Lickliter, UI's new men's basketball coach, will a greet Hawkeye fans from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

The exhibit also will feature former standout Hawkeye athletes and Herky, displays on everything from exploring Jupiter to world languages and daily drawings for tickets to UI athletics events, including to Hawkeye football and men's and women's basketball games and wrestling meets. The Hawk Shop will sell a wide range of merchandise for fans of all ages, and there will be plenty of giveaways such as the ever-popular Hawkeye temporary tattoos and football posters.

Kicking off things the first day of the fair, Thursday, Aug. 9 will be presentations from the College of Pharmacy on preventing poisoning and preventing damage to skin from the sun. Later in the day, the University Hygienic Laboratory will show how to prepare an emergency kit through interactive games and displays.

Several exhibits in following days will focus on health care and screenings, including "Mini Medical School" on Friday, Aug. 10, "Pulmonary Function Testing" by the UI Asthma Center on Sunday, Aug. 12, "Sounds Like Fun In the World Barnyard" with UI International Programs on Monday, Aug. 13, and a presentation from the Cancer Information Center on Sat. Aug. 18. Another "remarkable" exhibit is set for Friday, Aug. 17, when the Department of Anesthesia, which will demonstrate "BabySim," an infant patient simulator. Other exhibits show some remarkable engineering projects at the UI, including "Oat Hull Combustion" on Thursday, Aug. 16, and a solar bicycle on Friday, Aug. 17.

And the fair wouldn't be complete without appearances by Herky, Perky and the UI cheer and dance squads, who will greet fairgoers in the afternoons of Saturday Aug. 11, Sunday, Aug. 12, Friday, Aug. 17 and Saturday, Aug. 18.

The UI fair exhibit is a collaborative effort that draws on the skills, talents and time of hundreds of people in the UI community. This year more than 150 faculty, staff, administrators, students, alumni and I-Club members will staff the UI booth during the fair's 10-day run. Hawkeye fan Tom Sepic of Des Moines has recruited a full contingent of 22 members of the Polk County I-Club to work all three shifts of the fair on Saturday, Aug. 11.

The UI exhibit is located in the southwest corner of the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. A full listing of UI events and special appearances scheduled for the run of the fair, Aug. 9-19, is available for download as a PDF.

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

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