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April 7, 2008

At A Glance

Meetup founder to discuss online communities at April 11 UI lecture

Scott Heifermann, the UI alumnus and online community pioneer who founded, will discuss the power of bringing people together on the internet when he speaks at the UI's Tippie College of Business on Friday, April 11.

Heifermann's lecture starts at 11 a.m. in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

Heifermann founded Meetup in 2002 as the world's first local online community. It gained notoriety during the 2004 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination when it was used as the backbone of Howard Dean's campaign. It was the first venture into online campaigning by a major party presidential candidate and was credited with creating buzz for the campaign, signing up supporters and volunteers, and raising millions of dollars in contributions.

Today, has more than 3 million members. Heifermann, a 1994 UI graduate, continues to serve as the company's CEO.

Global Health Studies Conference explores issues in international health care

Students, faculty and invited speakers will examine issues surrounding health care in an international context during the annual Global Health Studies Program Conference Friday, April 11, through Sunday, April 13, in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The UI Global Health Studies Program and University of Iowa International Programs are conference sponsors.

This year's conference, "Health and Health Care -- Rights and Responsibilities in Global Perspective," will focus on the relationship between health and health care, including an examination of factors that determine health and the consequences of considering health as a human right rather than a commodity to be purchased.

"Health and Health Care -- Rights and Responsibilities in Global Perspective" is both a course and a conference. The conference will feature moderated faculty and student panels. More than 20 scholars from five countries, and UI students pursuing the Global Health Studies Certificate will share their insights and research in panels.

For a complete schedule, visit

For more information, contact Heidi Vekemans, International Programs events coordinator, at or 319-335-3862.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in a program, please contact the sponsoring department in advance.