CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: April 19, 1999
UI engineering lecture on low back pain scheduled for
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- William Marras, professor of industrial
and systems engineering at Ohio State University, will deliver a Caterpillar
Distinguished Lecture, "Advances in Control of Low Back Disorders," at 4:30
p.m. Thursday, April 22 in Buchannan Auditorium at the John Pappajohn Business
Administration Building. The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored
by the University of Iowa College of Engineering, the department of biomedical
engineering and Caterpillar Inc.
In his talk Marras plans to discuss the importance
of trunk motion to evaluating low back disorder, one of the most troublesome
and costly health problems facing society. His research for the past 15 years
has centered on an attempt to understand how trunk motion affects the risk
of low back disorder and the biomechanical functioning of the lower back.
The Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture Series is made
possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI
Foundation by Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar
Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in
the College of Engineering. The fund also supports a colloquium series that
brings prominent engineers to the UI campus to present one-day seminars for
students and faculty. In addition, it provides computer equipment to help
undergraduates conduct on-line searches of engineering patent literature.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend
all UI-sponsored events. People requiring an accommodation in order to participate
in this program are asked to contact the College
of Engineering in advance at 319-335-5764.