Inventor to speak at Rock Valley April 19

Rock Valley College (RVC) welcomes Dean Kamen, one of the world’s most accomplished and prolific inventors, to speak at the Svenson Lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 19, at the RVC Stenstrom Center for Career Education, 4151 Samuelson Rd. (next to Jefferson High School).

Also an entrepreneur and tireless advocate for science and technology, Kamen holds more than 440 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of medicine worldwide. His inventions include the portable infusion pump, which gives patients who would have required around-the-clock monitoring a life outside the hospital, and a wheelchair that can climb stairs. His famous Segway people transporter has impacted personal transportation, and is also used in business and law enforcement.

Among Kamen’s proudest accomplishments is founding FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology.

Awarded the National Medal of Technology by President Clinton in 2000, Kamen was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2005. To learn more about Kamen, visit http:/ us/dean_kamen.html.

The RVC Svenson Lecture is free and open to the public; however, RSVPs are welcomed by calling (815) 921-2071 or e-mailing

from the April 18-24, 2007, issue

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