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

Release: Sept. 18, 2002

International Mondays series begins Sept. 23 with David Osterberg

Bringing the European Union (EU) energy policy to Iowa will be the key theme in David Osterberg's lecture Monday, Sept. 23 from noon to 1 p.m. in the International Center Lounge. This event, which is free and open to the public, is the kickoff for the 2002-03 International Mondays' lecture series. Light refreshments will be served.

Osterberg is associate clinical professor in the department of occupational and environmental health at the University of Iowa where he teaches classes in environmental health policy. He has also taught at Dalarna Provincial University in Borlänge, Sweden, and Cornell College in Mount Vernon.

In summer 2002, Osterberg and some of his colleagues went on a four-week solar bicycle educational tour throughout Northern Europe. The "Green Bikers" have collected information on global climate change and how European countries are combating it. He will talk about how a bicycle tour like his can help change energy policy in Iowa, and what role citizens can play in influencing government policy decisions on such issues.

Osterberg consults regularly on energy and natural resources issues. He has appeared as an expert witness for consumer groups, environmental groups and small businesses in contested cases before state public utility commissions in eight states and before the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

During 12 years in the Iowa General Assembly, Osterberg served as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection, (1991-1992) and chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, (1987-1990). He was the Democratic Party candidate for U.S. Senator in 1998. During 1999 and 2000, he consulted for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources on global climate change and renewable energy.

Osterberg is also executive director of the Iowa Policy Project (IPP), an organization founded in the summer of 2000 to produce and disseminate research on a broad set of issues of importance to the citizens of Iowa. IPP is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that engages scholars at Iowa's public and private colleges and universities to produce sound, independent research.

The International Mondays series is sponsored by UI International Programs and the Stanley-UI Foundation Support Organization and presents discussions with individuals who have had international experiences. The lectures are usually from noon to 1 p.m. every Monday in the International Center Lounge or other locations on campus throughout the academic year with the exception of holidays and breaks.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at (319) 335-0345.

UI International Programs consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic programs and dean of international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and the community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.