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Sept. 11, 2006

Talk On Extreme Organisms To Be Held Sept. 14

Tonya Peeples, associate professor in the University of Iowa College of Engineering Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, will deliver a free, public talk on "Extremophiles: Life in Extreme Environments" from 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14 on the Mezzanine Floor of the Cottage Bakery and Café, 14 S. Linn St.

Peeples, who came to the UI in 1995, is a researcher in the field of organisms that thrive in extreme environments and has research interests that include extremophile biocatalysis and bioremediation. Her study of how microbes adapt to extreme heat, cold and pressure also may lead to a better understanding of conventional life systems and environments. A member of the UI Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing, she received a General Electric Faculty for the Future award in 1996 and a prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award in 1997. She also received the Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers in 2004.

The talk is the first to be presented by Café Scientifique of Iowa City during the 2006-2007 academic year. Sessions are held on the second Thursday of the month from September to May. Café Scientifique of Iowa City is a meeting forum where the public is invited to explore and debate the latest ideas in science, mathematics, medicine and technology. The Web site for Café Scientifique is located at:

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