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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 9, 2005

UI Economic Development, Science, Culture On Display At State Fair

The University of Iowa will again be on hand this year to help make the Iowa State Fair "America's Favorite Fair" during its run in Des Moines Aug. 11-21, featuring everything from a mini-NADS-simulator and international culture to Hawkeye wrestling legend Dan Gable and a large exhibit on economic development.

The UI booth, located in the southwest quadrant of the air-conditioned Varied Industries Building, will showcase many of the Big Ten school's academic, economic and athletic accomplishments; provide information about degree programs and other offerings for Iowa's citizens; and, of course, give away an assortment of Hawkeye goodies, from Hawkeye tickets to autographed merchandise.

A full schedule of events planned for the UI booth is available online at www.uiowa.edu/statefair/schedule.html, and below.

A centerpiece of the fair booth will be a large wall exhibit titled "The University of Iowa IS Economic Development." The display features UI programs and resources centered around the areas of work-force development, business and statewide community partnerships.

The display will demonstrate how the UI is striving to create an environment in which economic development and technology transfer activities flourish. It also dovetails with UI President David Skorton's declaration of the 2005-06 academic year as "The Year of Public Engagement," during which the university community is being encouraged to intensify its efforts and sharpen its focus on engagement with the public and public issues at the local, state, national and international levels.

Featured in this year's expanded exhibitor area will be dozens of presentations, many of them interactive. For example:

* The UI International Programs office will feature international students wearing traditional clothing and assisting visitors with making indigenous artwork.

* The College of Engineering will show visitors some of the solar, wind and biomass energy technologies now available or under development to provide the world with more sustainable energy sources and alternatives to fossil fuels.

* More than a dozen K-12 students who took part in the 2005 Invent Iowa state Invention Convention will showcase their gadgets, including a "Lock-O-Matic," "Messless Chef '05," "Handicapped Hunters Tray" and a "Perpetual Motion Magnetic Generator."

*Health information, demonstrations and some spot health checks will be available, including a presentation on creating a beautiful smile by the College of Dentistry and tips on staying healthy from the UI Hygienic Laboratory, as well as information about agricultural safety presented by the UI Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.

* And visitors will get to put themselves in the driver's seat by test-driving a mini-simulator, courtesy of the UI's National Advanced Driving Simulator.

Hawkeye sports figures will also feature prominently in the UI booth.

Among the many "Hawkeye Heroes" scheduled to make appearances and sign autographs are Big Ten wrestling champ and All-American Mark Ironside (4 to 6 p.m. Aug. 11), current Hawkeye wrestling coach and four-time All American Jim Zalesky (1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12) and wrestling legend and former Hawkeye coach Dan Gable (noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19). Other sports figures include veteran Hawkeye broadcasters Bob Brooks and Jim Zabel and the current "voice of the Hawkeyes," Gary Dolphin, as well as basketball players Steve Krafcisin, former Iowa and NBA star Bob Hansen, and Hawkeye women's standout and former WNBA player Amy Herrig.

And, of course, Herky will be on hand several times during the fair.

Visitors will also be able to view several athletic trophies in the UI state fair exhibit, such as Floyd of Rosedale (a bronze trophy that goes to the winner of the annual football game between the University of Iowa and the University of Minnesota), the Capital One trophy and the Cy-Hawk trophy (given to the winner of the Iowa/Iowa State game).

UI 2005 IOWA STATE FAIR SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, AUG. 11

Daily drawing: Prizes throughout the run of the fair will include tickets to Hawkeye athletic events, Hawkeye merchandise, T-shirts and other items.

Exhibit(s):

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- UI Police-Alcohol Awareness: Alcohol awareness information will be available, and interested visitors can undergo a Field Sobriety Test. Free samples of root beer will also be given away, courtesy of HyVee. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Police

3 to 8 p.m. -- UICC - "What Collection Am I In?": The UI Collections Coalition will display an appealing and eclectic array of collection items, and visitors will be quizzed to see if they can guess the UICC institution from which each item came. Sponsored by the UI Collections Coalition.

Hawkeye Hall of Fame Guest(s):

(Days and times TBA) Jim Zabel, a longtime Iowa broadcaster who has called Iowa sporting events for over 50 years.

3 to 5 p.m. -- Ryan Hogan, who played basketball at Iowa for the 2000-2002 seasons.

4 to 6 p.m. -- Mark Ironside, Big Ten wrestling champ and All-American from 1995-98 and NCAA champion in 1997-98.

5 to 7 p.m. Jim Zabel, veteran Hawkeye broadcaster (Zabel will appear periodically in the UI booth throughout the run of the fair)

Special Events:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Herky

FRIDAY, AUG. 12

Daily drawing: Prizes throughout the run of the fair will include tickets to Hawkeye athletic events, Hawkeye merchandise, T-shirts and other items.

Exhibit(s):

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- International Programs: Bringing the World to your Backyard: International students, wearing traditional clothing, will interact with visitors to the exhibit, producing beadwork, Turkish bracelets and calligraphy of names using various alphabets and other artwork. Sponsored by International Programs.

3 to 8 p.m. -- Engineers for a Sustainable World: Information will be made available about the use of solar, wind and biomass energy sources and appropriate development technologies as keys to creating a sustainable world. Sponsored by Civil and Environmental Engineering (College of Engineering).

Hawkeye Hall of Fame Guest(s):

1 to 3 p.m. -- Jim Zalesky, head wrestling coach at Iowa was a four time All American wrestler from 1981-1984, National title his last three years at 158 pounds.

3 to 5 p.m. -- Steve Krafcisin, Hawkeye basketball player from 1978-1981

 

SATURDAY, AUG. 13

Daily drawing: Prizes throughout the run of the fair will include tickets to Hawkeye athletic events, Hawkeye merchandise, T-shirts and other items.

Exhibit(s):

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Young Inventors from the Invent Iowa Program: Students from across the state will display inventions they entered into the annual, statewide Invent Iowa Invention Convention, which is organized by the UI and held alternating years on the UI and Iowa State University campuses. Sponsored by the Belin-Blank Center (College of Education).

3 to 8 p.m. -- Synthetic Vision: Using Computers to Aid Pilots in Flying Aircraft under Low Visibility Conditions. Sponsored by the College of Engineering.

Hawkeye Hall of Fame Guest(s):

1 to 3 p.m. -- Gary Dolphin, the current Voice of the Hawkeyes, doing radio broadcasts for both Iowa football and men's basketball.

1 to 3 p.m. -- Bob Hansen, former UI basketball star and NBA player who played Hawkeye basketball from 1978-1981 and was on the last Iowa Final Four team. He played for the Utah Jazz and world champion Chicago Bulls.

Special Events:

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Herky and Iowa Dance Team

 

SUNDAY, AUG. 14

Daily drawing: Prizes throughout the run of the fair will include tickets to Hawkeye athletic events, Hawkeye merchandise, T-shirts and other items.

Exhibit(s):

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Creating a Beautiful Smile: Visitors to this exhibit can learn how to improve one's smile by changing the appearance of one's teeth. Procedures will illustrate how to improve the shape, color and alignment of teeth in a conservative and affordable manner. A brief smile screening will be available as well. Sponsored by Operative Dentistry (College of Dentistry).

3 to 8 p.m. -- Protecting Your Health: The exhibit will feature an interactive game show in which audience members will get important health information in a fun format. Prizes will be awarded. Sponsored by the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory.

Hawkeye Hall of Fame Guest(s):

2 to 4 p.m. -- Bob Brooks, legendary Hawkeye broadcaster who did play-by-play coverage of Hawkeye football and basketball for 55 years.

Special Events:

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Herky and Hawkeye Cheerleading Squad

 

MONDAY, AUG. 15

Daily drawing: Prizes throughout the run of the fair will include tickets to Hawkeye athletic events, Hawkeye merchandise, T-shirts and other items.

Exhibit(s):

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS): Visitors will have the chance to drive a mini-simulator and learn about one of the largest, most sophisticated driving simulators in the world. Sponsored by the National Advanced Driving Simulator.

3 to 8 p.m. -- Iowa is Driving Fuel Cells: The exhibit will feature a radio-controlled "monster" truck powered by a fuel cell-based power plant. Also features will be interactive displays that allow visitors to learn about fuel cell technology through sight and touch, including technologies that can be powered by methanol and ethanol produced from corn. Sponsored by the Department of Chemistry (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

Hawkeye Hall of Fame Guest(s):

2 to 5 p.m. -- Mark Gannon, a four-year basketball letterman at Iowa in the 1980s.

TUESDAY, AUG. 16

Daily drawing: Prizes throughout the run of the fair will include tickets to Hawkeye athletic events, Hawkeye merchandise, T-shirts and other items.

Exhibit(s):

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Ag Safety and Health E-Conferencing: The exhibit will feature a multi-media presentation of information about ag safety and health. Sponsored by the Department of Occupational & Environmental Health.

3 to 8 p.m. -- Academy of Student Pharmacists "Fun in the Pharmacy": The exhibit will include screenings for heartburn, educational sessions for children about poison prevention and a demonstration of a DermaView machine that will show fairgoers the cumulative effects of sun exposure. Suntan lotion samples, coloring books and other handouts are planned. Sponsored by the College of Pharmacy ASP.

Hawkeye Hall of Fame Guest(s):

2 to 4 p.m. -- James Winters, who lettered at Iowa 1991-1994 and toured with the Big Ten All-Stars through Europe for and eight-game exhibition in 1993.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17 (OLDER IOWANS DAY)

Daily drawing: Prizes throughout the run of the fair will include tickets to Hawkeye athletic events, Hawkeye merchandise, T-shirts and other items.

Exhibit(s):

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- The Rest of the Story: The exhibit will include artwork produced during the UI's Year of the Arts and Humanities as part of a project that included storytelling, live theater and visual arts to capture and reflect stories of long-term care residents with Alzheimer's Disease and dementia. Information also will be available for caregivers and on healthy aging. Sponsored by the Center on Aging.

3 to 8 p.m. -- Strong Ears/Healthy Voices: Keeping Your Communication System in Tip  Shape: Visitors can take part in quizzes regarding the effects of noise on ears/hearing and voice. Fairgoers may also participate in a demonstration of a variety of hearing protection devices, specifically those appropriate for their individual lifestyles. There will also be a discussion of voice preservation and a demonstration of equipment to enhance the vocal signal. Planned giveaways include pens, bookmarks and educational handouts. Sponsored by the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

 

THURSDAY, AUG. 18 (IOWA PARK AND RECREATION DAY)

Daily drawing: Prizes throughout the run of the fair will include tickets to Hawkeye athletic events, Hawkeye merchandise, T-shirts and other items.

Exhibit(s):

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Iowa Grows Books: Author/illustrator Mark Muller, author of "Wetlands in Your Pocket: A Guide to Common Plants and Animals of Midwestern Wetlands," will be on hand to meet with visitors, and other UI Press titles will be available for purchase. Sponsored by the UI Press.

3 to 8 p.m. -- Discovering Medicine: The exhibit will showcase the UI Carver College of Medicine outreach projects with a hands-on activity provided by hospital operating room nurses. Sponsored by the UI Carver College of Medicine.

Hawkeye Hall of Fame Guest(s):

Noon to 2 p.m. -- Kevin Boyle, who  played basketball at the University of Iowa from 1979-82. In 1982, he was named MVP of the Hawkeye team.

3 to 5 p.m. -- Jack Dahm, Hawkeye baseball coach. In Dahm's second season as Hawkeye baseball coach, the team finished third in the Big Ten with a record of 19-13 and an overall record of 29-28.   

FRIDAY, AUG. 19 (BUILDING BRIDGES DAY; IOWA PROPANE GAS ASSOCIATION DAY)

Daily drawing: Prizes throughout the run of the fair will include tickets to Hawkeye athletic events, Hawkeye merchandise, T-shirts and other items.

Exhibit(s):

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Hawk-Eyes on Science: The exhibit will feature highlights of the UI Department of Physics and Astronomy's involvement with the World Year of Physics 2005, including its successful space research. Hands-on demonstrations and giveaways are planned. Sponsored by the Department of Physics and Astronomy (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

3 to 8 p.m. -- "Rhythms of the World" or "The World at Your Door": An interactive exhibit that showcases the talent and diversity of artists at the UI. Instruments from around the world will be on display for children to try out, and shakers will be given away. Sponsored by Arts Share, Division of Performing Arts (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences).

Hawkeye Hall of Fame Guest(s):

Noon to 1 p.m. -- Dan Gable. Coached wrestling at Iowa from 1977-97, winning 15 NCAA Championships and 21 Big Ten Championships.

Noon to 1 p.m. -- Brian Mitchell. Played baseball at the University of Iowa from 1996-1999 and was an All Big Ten infielder.

SATURDAY, AUG. 20 (BANKERS TRUST INTERNATIONAL DAY)

Daily drawing: Prizes throughout the run of the fair will include tickets to Hawkeye athletic events, Hawkeye merchandise, T-shirts and other items.

Exhibit(s):

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- UI Mobile Clinic Health Awareness: This exhibit will stress the importance of health promotion (especially hypertension and diabetes prevention) using a hands-on interactive approach appropriate for children and adults. Sponsored by the UI Mobile Clinic.

3 to 8 p.m. - Weighing In On Obesity: The exhibit will provide information on childhood and adult obesity. Participants will learn through an interactive exhibit about their own body mass index (BMI) and learn how research and practice in nutritious and physical activity is helping turn the tide on the obesity epidemic. Sponsored by the Healthful Living Program, College of Public Health.

Hawkeye Hall of Fame Guest(s):

Noon to 2 p.m. -- Amy Herrig, Hawkeye women's basketball standout and former WNBA player.

2 to 4 p.m. -- Mike Haight, offensive lineman at Iowa from 1982-1985.

SUNDAY, AUG. 21 (EXTREME SUNDAY)

Daily drawing: Prizes throughout the run of the fair will include tickets to Hawkeye athletic events, Hawkeye merchandise, T-shirts and other items.

Exhibit(s):

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- Oral Cancer Screenings: The exhibit will display information about the causes and types of oral cancer. Faculty from the UI College of Dentistry will also do screenings for signs of oral cancer. Sponsored by the College of Dentistry.

Hawkeye Hall of Fame Guest(s):

2 to 4 p.m. -- James Moses, who played basketball at the University of Iowa from 1989-1992 and team MVP in 1991.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: Stephen Pradarelli, 319-384-0007, stephen-pradarelli@uiowa.edu.