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Oct. 8, 2008

At A Glance

Public invited to attend wireless technology seminar Oct. 9

Michael Foley, executive director of Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), will deliver a 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, free, public talk in Lecture Room 2 of Van Allen Hall on the UI Campus.

A part of the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series, the talk will address issues related to the growth of Bluetooth wireless technology. Foley, who earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the UI College of Engineering in 1987, will speak on "Creating an International Standard."

Foley, who joined the SIG in March 2004 as executive director, is responsible for guiding the qualification and interoperability programs, promotion of the technology, the specification publications, and the long-term roadmap of Bluetooth wireless technology. A privately held, not-for-profit trade association, SIG doesn't make, manufacture, or sell Bluetooth-enabled products. Member companies are leaders in the telecommunications, computing, automotive, music, apparel, industrial automation, and network industries who drive development of Bluetooth wireless technology and implement and market the technology in their products.

The "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series is designed to prepare Engineering students for global success. It recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member and retired Exxon USA president and CEO Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara.


UI Cochlear Implant Research Program to host picnic at Kinnick Oct. 11

The University of Iowa Cochlear Implant Research Program will host a picnic for patients with cochlear implants and their families from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, on the Krause Family Plaza adjacent to Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City.

The event will include a performance by the West High School Drumline, face painting, games and appearances by UI cheerleaders and several mascots, including Herky and Perky.

The menu features burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, cookies, lemonade, iced tea and water.

For more information contact Molly Pettit at 319-384-8092,


'Java Blend' features Patrick Hazell Oct. 17

Iowa Blues legend Patrick Hazell will perform live on "Java Blend," the Iowa Public Radio performance series, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Iowa City's downtown Java House.

Hazell began his professional career in 1961 and eventually created a wide repertoire of original compositions and rhythm and blues standards with over 35 recorded albums while touring extensively in the American Midwest, Europe, Russia, and South America. He was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame as well as the Iowa Music Association Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

The free show originates from WSUI-AM 910 at the University of Iowa and will be recorded for broadcast Saturday, Nov. 1 and Sunday, Nov. 2, across the state on Iowa Public Radio.

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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.