CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: May 22, 2001
UI WISE program gives books to Iowa City Community School District
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- As part of an on-going K-12 Library Project, the University
of Iowa Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program recently presented
each of the 17 elementary schools in the Iowa City Community School District
(ICCSD) with a three-volume set of role-modeling books valued at more than
This is the second consecutive year that WISE has presented the Iowa City
Schools with books in what is planned as an annual donation.
Chris Peterson Brus, WISE program director, says that the idea is to give
the schools books that enable girls to read about women in positions of excellence
so that they, in turn, will be challenged to aim high in their lives. Brus
says she hopes the gift will increase the opportunities for girls of all ages
to explore science and engineering in order that they may reach their full
potential. She adds that it is also important for boys to see women in positions
of excellence in fields where they have been historically under-represented
to help negate the gender stereotyping of jobs and careers.
The UI WISE Program works with science, engineering and mathematics programs
at the University of Iowa to increase the participation and advancement of
women as students, faculty and professional staff. It develops outreach programs
for pre-college students while striving to inform the public of educational
and career opportunities for women in scientific and technical fields.
For further information about WISE, or to request a list of books appropriate
for girls and young women, contact Chris Brus, director, at (319) 353-3511
or at firstname.lastname@example.org.