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Feb. 5, 2008

At A Glance

Longtime UI Governmental Relations employee Zamastil dies

Norine "Kelly" Zamastil, 58, of Fairfax, died Sunday, Feb. 3, in her home. A celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at Brosh Chapel in Solon. Zamastil became associate director/coordinator for the University of Iowa Office of Governmental Relations in 1999. The position extended the governmental relations affairs responsibilities she previously held in the Office of the Vice President for Research. Prior to that she worked in the Office of Military Science.

In Governmental Relations Zamastil promoted and coordinated the office's programs under the direction of the special assistant for governmental relations and associate vice president for research and in consultation with the state relations officer of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa assigned to the UI.  She managed communication and information flow within the Governmental Relations office and between the office and on- and off-campus constituents. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a minor in business from Mount Mercy College in 1971 and a Masters of Public Administration from Iowa State University in 1986.

Nobel Peace Prize Winner To Discuss Iranian Reforms In UI Lecture

Dr. Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer who received the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her work advocating human rights in Iran, will deliver the 2008 Levitt Lecture at the University of Iowa at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Her lecture, "Human Rights in Iran and the Middle East," is free and open to the public. This lecture was originally scheduled for last fall but was postponed.

The first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, she was honored for her work in advocating democracy and human rights in Iran. She has been active in politically sensitive legal cases in the Iranian court system and in attempting to reform family law in Iran by seeking changes in divorce and inheritance legislation.  However, her work has often brought her in conflict with Iran's hard-line Islamic leadership, a conflict that has led to a jail term.


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