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Aug. 6, 2010

UI's Iowa State Fair exhibit to showcase remarkable programs and people

The University of Iowa will share its excellent educational programs, remarkable research, and amazing athletics at the 2010 Iowa State Fair exhibit Thursday, Aug. 12, through Sunday, Aug. 22, in the Varied Industries Building on the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

"We love attending the State Fair. There's no other place that brings so many Iowans together at one time," said Steve Parrott, outreach coordinator in the UI Office of University Relations. "This year we've put together a list of programs and people that really showcase the depth and breadth of the University of Iowa's efforts to connect with Iowans. We'll have something for people of all ages. And for Hawkeye fans, we've ordered extra posters of the football team!"

Daily drawings for Hawkeye football tickets and other UI athletics events will be held. Various Hawkeye merchandise will be sold for fans of all ages, and there will be plenty of giveaways such as Hawkeye temporary tattoos and posters. More than 200 UI faculty, staff, students, alumni, and I-Club members will volunteer at the exhibit.

Standout former Hawkeye athletes, coaches, and broadcasters along with Herky and the UI cheer and dance teams will be available to meet fairgoers. Among those scheduled to appear are former Hawkeye football and track star Tim Dwight from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15.

Visitors can learn about some of the programs and services at the University of Iowa at several exhibits at the UI booth, including the UI Paleontology Repository, which is celebrating 150 years of collaboration with the Iowa public. On Thursday, Aug. 12 the Department of Geoscience will showcase its new Iowa’s Fossil Hunters website as well as displays of fossils donated by Iowans. Kids will be able to be paleontologists for a day as they get to hunt for their own fossils in the fossil hunt sandbox. The term, "finder’s keepers," applies because whatever the children find in the sandbox they own.

A hands-on display of plastinated human body parts will be at the Iowa State Fair exhibit on Sunday, Aug. 15. The Carver College of Medicine is displaying the body parts along with PowerPoint videos highlighting advancements in the following patient treatment procedures: cataract removal surgery, a cochlear implant, the da Vinci robotic surgery system, and the Ponseti method of treating clubfoot.

An exhibit to be displayed Monday, Aug. 16 will provide information on how more doors are being opened daily for individuals with disabilities to attend college. Staff with the Realizing Educational and Career Hopes (REACH) Program in the UI College of Education and the UI Office of Student Disability Services will have an exhibit at the UI booth. Fair attendees will be able to learn about disability awareness, post-secondary education opportunities and support services at the UI.

"By interacting with REACH families and staff, fair attendees will learn about REACH, a two-year college experience certificate program for students with intellectual and learning disabilities," said Janis Mendenhall, REACH coordinator of career development. "Student Disability Services and REACH have collaborated in creating activities which simulate having a learning disability."

On Tuesday, Aug. 17, fairgoers' hearing will be tested. The Communication Sciences and Disorders Department will be inviting everyone to participate in quizzes on the effects of noise and music on ears. Free ear checks, including a visual exam of the external ear and ear canal will be available to all.

A full listing of UI events and special appearances scheduled for the run of the fair, Aug. 12-22, is available at

SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500
MEDIA CONTACTS:Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,; George McCrory 319-384-0012,, Writer: Travis Varner