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July 7, 2008

At A Glance

Public invited to Belin-Blank Center's 20th anniversary open house July 10

The University of Iowa College of Education's Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development will celebrate its 20th anniversary with an open house from 3:30 to 5 p.m., Thursday, July 10, in the lobby of the Blank Honors Building on the UI campus. The reception is free and open to the public.

There will be a brief program at 4:30 p.m. with comments from UI President Sally Mason; Regent Robert Downer; College of Education Dean Sandra Damico; Chair of the Advisory Board Tom Belin; and Belin-Blank Center Director Nicholas Colangelo.

The Board of Regents, State of Iowa, created the Belin National Center for Gifted Education at the UI in June 1988. Myron and Jacqueline blank gave the lead gift of $5 million for the construction of the Blank Honors Center.

In 1995, the center was renamed the Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, honoring a longtime leader in gifted education and a Des Moines philanthropist who has supported the cause. For more information on the center, see

WiderNet, Intel team up to enhance digital resources in developing nations

The University of Iowa's WiderNet Project is teaming up with Intel Corporation to make a major improvement to its eGranary Digital Library, an off-line resource that provides digital information in developing countries that lack adequate Web access.

Intel will sponsor the creation of a Community Information Platform for the eGranary Digital Library, enabling users to easily add their own content to the eGranary's existing collection of information from Web pages and CD-ROMs. Intel will also purchase multiple eGranaries to use as demonstration pilots for its World Ahead Program.

Without the enhancement, only people with certain technical skills could add to the library; now, anyone could. Intel officials said they are pleased to partner with WiderNet to enable developing communities to create and store their own digital content.

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