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UPDATE: UI Wrestling Coach Tom Brands will not visit the UI State Fair exhibit Aug. 18.

Aug. 10, 2009

University's Iowa State Fair exhibit to present remarkable programs

The University of Iowa will showcase its remarkable research, athletics, and educational programs at the 2009 Iowa State Fair exhibit Thursday, Aug. 13, through Sunday, Aug. 23, in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

"The fair is a great opportunity for people to connect faces with the university," says Scott Ketelsen, associate director for marketing communications in the UI Office of University Relations and chair of the university's state fair efforts. "We want to show visitors what the university is all about."

Fairgoers also will have the chance to meet former standout Hawkeye athletes, along with Herky and the UI cheer and dance teams. Renowned former UI wrestling coach Dan Gable and wrestling assistant coach Terry Brands will make appearances on Thursday, Aug. 13. Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Gary Barta will visit the booth Friday, Aug. 14. [View a release detailing the Hawkeye athlete schedule at the fair at]

Daily drawings will be held for Hawkeye football tickets and other UI athletics events. The Hawk Shop will sell a wide range of merchandise for fans of all ages, and there will be plenty of giveaways such as Hawkeye temporary tattoos and football posters. More than 100 UI faculty, staff, students, alumni, and I-Club members will volunteer at the exhibit.

The theme of the UI State Fair exhibit is "Be remarkable," highlighting some notable work from its faculty, staff and students.

To demonstrate the university's continued efforts toward sustainability, the UI College of Engineering will show how wind turbines produce alternative energy and their growing use in the state on Friday, Aug. 21. Participants will be able to construct their own wind turbine blades and measure how much power they would generate.

Visitors will also get a chance to experience the new, effective, alternative fuel produced from oat hulls, based on successful tests at the UI Power Plant. In 2002, the UI Power Plant and the Quaker Oats cereal manufacturing plant in Cedar Rapids partnered to create the university's Biomass Fuel project as a way to cut energy costs and reduce harmful emissions by burning oat hulls.

At the UI Collections Coalition exhibit Sunday, Aug. 23, experts will demonstrate how to take care of important objects following a disaster, with examples of items rescued and preserved following the floods of last year. The booth will also provide resources for people to learn more about collections and how to preserve their own items for the future. Members from the UI Museum of Natural History, the Office of the State Archaeologist, and UI Libraries will be present.

On the second day of the fair, Friday, Aug. 14, the Carver College of Medicine will give people the opportunity to wear a medical lab coat, listen to their heart with a stethoscope, and touch preserved human organs. The Carver College of Medicine Junior Mini Medical School program, UI Gross Anatomy, is an interactive program featuring human specimens and a video showcasing four medical procedures done at the university.

At its display on Sunday, Aug. 16, the College of Pharmacy will demonstrate how it can help people create a healthier Iowa. Heartburn Awareness will offer education about the signs and symptoms of acid reflux and how to monitor it effectively. Operation Diabetes will provide glucose screening and monitoring.

The Department of Geoscience will show visitors fossils that have been found in Iowa at its exhibit, Fossils in My Backyard, on Tuesday, Aug. 18. Fossils found at the Devonian Fossil Gorge after the 2008 flood will be on display, and visitors are encouraged to bring their own fossils to challenge experts to identify them. There also will be a fossil hunt activity with fossils available to take home.

"The UI Paleontology Repository is home to over one million fossils from all geologic ages from all over the world. Marine fossils from Iowa form the heart of the collection, which is held in trust for the people of Iowa," says Tiffany Adrain, collections manager of the repository in the Department of Geoscience. "Our exhibit will give visitors the chance to be paleontologists-they can have a go at finding and identifying fossils."

A full listing of UI events and special appearances scheduled for the run of the fair, Aug. 13-23, is available at

For more information on the Iowa State Fair, visit

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Scott Ketelsen, 319-384-0018,; George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Writer: Tessa McLean