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Release: May 7, 2002

UI engineering lecture scheduled May 9

Ravi V. Bellamkonda, associate professor and principal investigator, Biomaterials, Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, department of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, will deliver a Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in Room 2229 of the Seamans Center for the Engineering Arts and Sciences.

Bellamkonda, whose areas of research interest include biomaterials, neural and vascular cell and tissue engineering, nerve regeneration, and controlled drug delivery, will speak on, "A Tale of Bridges and Dams: Tissue Engineering in the Peripheral and Central Nervous System."

The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering and the Caterpillar Foundation.

The Caterpillar Distinguished Lecture Colloquium is made possible by grants awarded to the UI College of Engineering through the UI Foundation by the Caterpillar Foundation of Peoria, Ill. The grants comprise the Caterpillar Excellence Fund, which aids student, faculty and curriculum development in the College of Engineering.

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 in advance the UI department of biomedical engineering at (319) 335-5632.