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Renowned evolutionary biologist is UI Distinguished Lecturer

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- World renowned evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould will present the University of Iowa's Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, March 5, in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

"Interactions of Art and Science" is the title of Gould's 8 p.m. lecture. Admission is free and open to the general public. As the presenter of the UI's 7th Annual Distinguished Lecture, Gould will be given a medallion in recognition of the event. The lecture is sponsored by the University Lecture Committee.

One of the original MacArthur Foundation genius award recipients, Gould is noted for his public scientific arguments for human evolution and in dispute of creationism. He was an expert witness in the 1981 Arkansas lawsuit that repealed a state law requiring schools to teach creationism and to teach that evolution is a theory.

Gould has a reputation as an outspoken popularizer of science. He has written more than 200 consecutive essays for his "Natural History Magazine" column called "This View of Life," and received an American Book Award for "The Panda's Thumb," one of several books he has penned.

His challenging presentations cover a broad range of controversial subjects, and he has been known to draw pop-star sized audiences. A professor of geology and zoology at Harvard University, Gould also serves as the curator for invertebrate paleontology in the university's Museum of Comparative Zoology.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations in order to participate in this event should contact the University Lecture Committee at (319) 335-3255.

Editors note: Mr. Gould requests that no photos be taken of him during the lecture.

2/26/97