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Jan. 19, 2010

Spring semester of UI Explorers Lecture Series opens Jan. 21

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will begin the spring semester UI Explorers Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, with a presentation by Nandita Basu titled "Exploring Emergent Hydrologic and Biogeochemical Patterns in Catchments Across Scales." The talk is free and open to the public and will take place in the Museum of Natural History's Biosphere Discovery Hub gallery.

Basu is assistant professor civil and environmental engineering in the UI College of Engineering and assistant research engineer at IIHR Hydroscience and Engineering.

The lecture series features UI researchers, professors, and students presenting relevant and current research relating to culture and the environment. Future UI Explorers Lectures include:

--Feb. 18, Christopher Brochu, associate professor of geoscience, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

--March 25, Meghann Mahoney, project assistant, Museum of Natural History; and Holmes Semken, professor emeritus of geoscience, Tarkio Valley Sloth Project

--April 13, Nelson Ting, assistant professor of anthropology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

--April 22, Liz Christiansen, director of UI Office of Sustainability, and Brenda Nations, greenhouse-gas emissions evaluator, City of Iowa City

--May 6, Prof. Sarah Larsen, professor of chemistry, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Museum of Natural History is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information about museum programs, visit or call 319-335-0606.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606; Steve Parrott, University Relations, 319-384-0037,; Writer: Holly Berg