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WRITER: SETH KAPLAN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Nov. 14, 2000

UI professor to speak on China's Three Gorges Dam project Nov. 17

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Three Gorges Dam project is one of the most complex and ambitious projects undertaken in China since the Great Wall. Jacob Odgaard, a University of Iowa engineering professor, and his graduate assistant Jennifer Holman-Dodds will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council about "China's Three Gorges Project: An International Perspective," at noon Friday, Nov. 17 in the Rockwell Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. The program is open to the public.

The Three Gorges Dam project is designed to generate power and control flooding in China. However, the dam has raised a number of environmental and social problems. Odgaard will summarize the project's goals and discuss the pros and cons from an international perspective.

Odgaard, a member of the UI faculty since 1977, is the associate dean of engineering and a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the UI. He also is a research engineer at the Iowa Institute of Hydraulic Research (IIHR). Odgaard attended the Technical University of Denmark and was a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Cambridge.

The deadline to register for the luncheon is noon Wednesday, Nov. 15. The meal will be catered by Taste of China and the cost is $6 for members and $7 for non-members.

Odgaard's speech is co-sponsored by UI International Programs and IIHR and is presented in part with support from Mike Cilek, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Professional. The presentation will also be aired on WSUI-AM (910) radio on Monday, Nov. 20 following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) is a non-profit association of university and community people interested in U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and global issues affecting world societies. The group provides members with opportunities to hear more than 35 experts a year who come to the UI campus and Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area to speak.

The ICFRC is part of the UI International Programs, which consists of many centers, academic programs, degree programs, research projects and services. These units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote research, teaching and global scholarship.

For more information about registering for the luncheon, contact Marianne Weiss of the ICFRC at (319) 335-0351.