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Iowa City IA 52242
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e-mail: gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

NEWS ADVISORY

Reporters and photographers are invited to attend a University of Iowa groundbreaking ceremony for the new National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS) and related announcements at 12:45 p.m., Friday, Oct. 24 at Oakdale Boulevard, east of Crosspark Road, Oakdale Research Park. (Oakdale Research Park can be reached from I-80 by taking Exit #240 and going north about one mile on Hwy. 965 to Oakdale Blvd. In the event of inclement weather the program will be in the Oakdale Hall Auditorium.)

Scheduled to speak at the ceremony are: Leodis Davis, president of the UI Research Park Corporation; UI President Mary Sue Coleman; Owen Newlin, president of the State Board of Regents; Donald C. Bischoff, executive director, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA); David J. Skorton, UI vice president for research; Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa; Edward J. Haug, UI professor of engineering and NADS director; and Alex Schwartzkoph of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The $45 million project, scheduled for completion in 1999, will be the world's most advanced system of its kind. The overall goals of the NADS project are to advance highway safety, improve transportation efficiency, and increase international competitiveness of U.S. vehicle manufacturers.

10/22/97