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UNI film series promotes healthy and sustainable living

March 22, 2011

Catherine Zeman, associate professor, Recycling & Reuse Tech Transfer Center, 319-273-7090,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will continue it's mission to enhance sustainability through a film series focused on environmental challenges and healthy living. The UNI Faculty, Center for Energy and Environmental Education (CEEE), Recycling and Reuse Tech Transfer Center (RRTTC) and the Healthy Cedar Valley Coalition (HCVC) are sponsoring the series. They hope it will bring students and community members together to discuss issues facing society in regards to the environment.

On April 4, the RRTTC will show "Big Bucks, Big Pharma" at 7 p.m. in the CEEE auditorium. The film is a documentary on how pharmaceutical companies have manipulated the concept of health and disease to maximize profits. Additionally, it poses the question of how this has changed people's outlook on their well-being and doctor-patient relationships.

Catherine Zeman, associate professor at the UNI Recycling & Reuse Tech Transfer Center, says faculty and the HCVC are excited to be able to work collaboratively to offer this film series. "It challenges us to learn more about sustainability issues and to envision and discuss solutions to those issues, helping all of us move toward a sustainable society in a fun and interesting way."

The series will continue this fall with such movies as "Vanishing of the Bees," a film that explores the mysterious drops in population numbers of honeybees across the planet.