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Morning Newscast July 24

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By reporter Betsy Penisten

Johnson County Fair kicked off Monday

The Johnson county fair kicked off Monday bringing in a number of exhibits for every walk of life including University of Iowa and UI Health Care units.

University of Iowa exhibits include the College of Dentistry on July 26th, the UI Museum of Art and the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science on July 24th, and the Pentacrest Museums on July 25th.

The Carver College of Medicine, Newborn Screening, Iowa River Landing, UI Quick Care, UI Community HomeCare, the Cancer Information Service, Department of Psychiatry, Safety Store, Children’s Miracle Network, Center for Aging, UI Heart and Vascular Center, Dermatology Clinic, Center for Disabilities and Development, and Volunteer Services are among the many UI Health Care exhibits at the fair.

The exhibits are located in Building C at the fairgrounds.

Today is Kids’ day at the fair, and the loveable UI mascot Herky the Hawk will make a special appearance between 5 and 7pm at the fairgrounds.

The Johnson county fair continues its festivities through Thursday, July 26th.

Brian Farrell named Fulbright Scholar

Brian Farrell, director of academic achievement and adjunct lecturer in the University of Iowa College of law will spend fall semester, October to January 2013as Fulbright Scholar teaching in the undergraduate constitutional law department at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria.

Farrell said, “I didn’t know a terrible amount about Bulgaria, but I’ve always found it fascinating to go to a place that’s not on your bucket list. Bulgaria is a bit off the beaten track, but this is a great chance to learn about their culture and their legal and government systems.”

Farrell is a Goose Lake native and University of Iowa College of Law alum. He is founder and president of the Innocence Project of Iowa.

UI turns trampoline into Olympic game

In just two days the 2012 Summer Olympics will be kicking off in London, England.

A Fun fact I found about Iowa’s ties to the Olympics is the under rated sport of Trampoline.

In the 1930’s, George Nissen and Larry Griswold designed and built the modern trampoline right here at the University of Iowa. Its purpose was to enable a continuous flow of bouncing which allowed athletes and astronauts a strategic training exercise.

The trampoline is the only known invention in the United States that developed into an Olympic event.

Pre-trampoline years, Athletes used a single-bounce apparatus that mobilized them forward or upward to stick the mat or to land in water.

The trampoline became an ambitious National Collegiate Athletic Association event in 1948 as well as an Amateur Athletic Union event in 1954, and eventually became an Olympic game in 2000.

Sources: Iowa Now