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Sept. 24, 2008

At A Glance

UI researcher addresses prestigious national engineering symposium

John Lee, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and director of human factors research in the Center for Computer Aided Design, recently addressed the National Academy of Engineering's 14th annual U.S. Frontiers of Engineering symposium on the subject of "Driving Attention: Cognitive Engineering in Designing Attractions and Distractions."

Lee, who is also a human factors researcher in the UI Public Policy Center, was one of 82 of the nation's brightest young engineers selected from among more than 230 applicants to attend the symposium. Sandia National Laboratories at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque hosted the symposium Sept. 18-20. Other discussion topics ranged from nanoelectric devices and drug delivery systems to understanding and countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The National Academy of Engineering is an independent, nonprofit institution that serves as an adviser to government and the public on issues in engineering and technology. Its members, who are elected by their peers for their distinguished achievements, are the nation's premier engineers. Established in 1964, NAE operates under the congressional charter granted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1863.


Public invited to attend corporate safety, sustainability seminar Sept. 25

Jody Howard, director of social responsibility at Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill., will deliver a free, public talk at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in Room W128 of the Chemistry Building on the UI Campus.

A part of the Randall and Barbara Meyer "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series, the talk will cover employee safety, environmental affairs, sustainable development and other issues. Howard, who earned her Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the UI College of Engineering in 1986, is a member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Advisory Board and the College of Engineering Advisory Board.

The "Grabbing the Globe" Seminar Series is designed to prepare Engineering students for global success. It recognizes UI Distinguished Engineering Alumni Academy member Randall Meyer and his wife, Barbara. Meyer, who earned a UI Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering with highest distinction in 1948, began a 40-year career with Standard Oil Company, New Jersey (now ExxonMobil Corporation) immediately following graduation and served as president of Exxon Company USA in 1972 and chief executive officer in 1976, a position he held until his retirement in 1988.


Ge, Hanson to share Beijing Olympics experiences at Sept. 29 lecture

Lini Ge, a UI graduate student in professional journalism in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Jane Hanson, a May 2008 graduate of the foreign language and ESL Education doctoral program in the UI College of Education, will present "Back from the Beijing Olympics: 'It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience'" as part of the International Mondays lecture series. The presentation takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library.

This lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

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Speaker will discuss sexism and the mass media Oct. 9

Susan J. Douglas, a communication studies professor at the University of Michigan, will speak on "The Rise of the New Sexism in the Mass Media" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at Shambaugh Auditorium in the UI Main Library.

Douglas is visiting campus as the 2008 Samuel L. Becker Distinguished Lecturer. Her visit is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, and her talk is free and open to the public.

Douglas is the author of "The Mommy Myth: The Idealization of Motherhood and How it Undermines Women;" "Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination," which won the Hacker Prize in 2000 for the best popular book about technology and culture; and "Where The Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media."

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