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May 4, 2006

Rajagopal To Discusses Entrepreneurial Opportunities For Indian Women May 10

Rangaswamy Rajagopal, professor in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Geography, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) about "Entrepreneurial Opportunities for Indian Women through Micro-Credit Financing" at a noon luncheon on Wednesday, May 10, in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Rajagopal's specialty is in the area of water quality monitoring, modeling and public policy. He has supervised to completion the theses and dissertations of more than 60 graduate and doctorate students. He has also organized and directed some 80 to 100 workshops and seminars informing more than 3,000 people from academia, government, non-profit organizations and industry on a variety of topics including water quality protection, problem-solving, creativity and innovation.

Rajagopal has been invited to serve as a nominator for the annual Japan Prize, the Japanese equivalent of the Nobel Prize. Also, he recently accompanied Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack on his trip to India, and his current passions include the applications of information communication technology tools in international development and, in particular, the provision of safe drinking water, reduction of adult illiteracy and improvement of opportunities for women in small-scale entrepreneurship.

The program is made possible by the support of East Central Iowa Charitable Trust, Iowa State Bank & Trust Co. and New Pioneer Co-op Catering, who will cater the event. For those who cannot attend, WSUI-AM 910 will air the program on Thursday, May 11, following the noon news.

Please send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, IA, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members and must be received by noon Monday, May 8.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, please contact Thomas Baldridge at 384-2260 or Marianne Weiss at 335-0351.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is a part of International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects, and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Tom Baldridge, thomas-baldridge@uiowa.edu; Writer: Erin Vaughn