CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Jan. 15, 2002
WiderNet Project Will Be Discussed On WSUI's 'Iowa Talks' Jan. 17
The University of Iowa's WiderNet Project, which seeks
to improve digital communication for people in developing countries, will
be the subject of the Thursday, Jan. 17 edition of Iowa Talks on WSUI. WSUI
Program Director Dennis Reese and International Programs Director Diana Davies
will co-host a discussion with WiderNet Project co-directors Cliff Missen
and Michael McNulty on their innovative project in Nigeria that seeks to connect
Nigerian faculty, students and staff with the Internet.
WSUI AM 910, the University of Iowa's public radio
station serving eastern Iowa, broadcasts the call-in public affairs program
from 10-11 a.m. weekdays.
Missen and McNulty, a UI professor of geography, will
discuss how The WiderNet Project is closing the breach in technology that
exists between Iowan and Nigerian universities by training computer technicians
and coaching decision-makers at Nigerian universities, helping them to increase
bandwidth, establish university intranets, and build their local area networks.
Saweda Liverpool, a UI graduate student in the Third
World Development Support program from the University of Jos in Nigeria, will
join the discussion to talk about the impact that digital communications have
on staff and students at those African universities that have garnered some
sort of Internet connectivity.
To join the live discussion with questions, comments
and concerns to (319) 466-9100, and (866) 780-9100, toll free in Iowa and
Illinois. For more information on the WiderNet Project, visit their Web site
For more information about WSUI, visit their Web site at http://wsui.uiowa.edu/
or call (319) 335-5730.