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MSNBC’s “Steel on Wheels” will host live town hall meeting at DU

“Steel on Wheels” — a special series of MSNBC’s “The Dylan Ratigan Show” — is coming to DU.

The show will broadcast a live online town hall meeting on Jan. 28 at 6 p.m. from the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.

The “Steel on Wheels” series travels through the United States looking for solutions to some of the nation’s key problems. Major themes include “The Spirit of America,” “Innovation,” “The Building of Our Nation” and “The Future of America’s New Generations.” The theme for the DU leg of the show is “Innovation in America.”

Associate Professor Corinne Lengsfeld from the University’s Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department will serve on the panel.

“I think finding ways to make the public more aware of DU’s science and engineering programs is critical — especially since we have a lot to offer,” Lengsfeld says. “I don’t believe that the average Coloradan knows DU has strong science and engineering programs or that our faculty is world renowned for their innovations. I think this is a great honor to represent the University.”

Lengsfeld has taught at DU for 12 years and currently heads DU’s Biofluids Laboratory. Her research includes fluid dynamics, gene therapy delivery and drug delivery systems — including nebulizers — for the pharmaceutical industry.

“I strongly believe the U.S. economy is connected to the highly innovative talent that we grow here but that in recent decades the decline in the number of U.S. engineering graduates should be concerning to the nation,” Lengsfeld says. “I have committed a significant amount of my energy to tackling this problem through the outreach and training of elementary, middle and high school students and teachers on what engineering is, what it has to offer and why it is a critical career path to undertake that allows both a person’s creativity and intellect to be satisfied.”

Dylan Ratigan partnered with Nucor Corp. to launch the “Steel on Wheels” last year.

“I am committed to getting this country back on track for the benefit of all Americans, and ‘Steel on Wheels’ is the perfect vehicle to show how we can make that happen,” Ratigan says.

“Steel on Wheels” has already stopped in Seneca Falls, N.Y., Philadelphia and St. Louis. The show will continue its tour around America in February and March. “The Dylan Ratigan Show” airs weekdays at 2 p.m. MST on MSNBC.

This event is free and open to the public, but attendees must RSVP. For more information, visit www.steelonwheels.com.

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