April 28, 2011
Biology professor Logsdon appointed director of UI Pentacrest Museums
John Logsdon, University of Iowa associate professor of biology, has been appointed to a three-year term as director of the UI's Pentacrest Museums: the Old Capitol Museum and the Museum of Natural History.
UI Vice President for Research Jordan Cohen announced the appointment today.
"We are delighted to welcome strong faculty leadership to the Pentacrest Museums," Cohen said. "Professor Logsdon understands the interactions across disciplines that create compelling stories about natural history and Iowa's cultural heritage. We are confident that John will inspire greater faculty, student and community engagement with the museums."
Logsdon, who grew up in Polk City, Iowa, earned a bachelor's degree from Iowa State and a doctorate from Indiana University. He completed postdoctoral work at Dalhousie University and was an assistant professor at Emory University before coming to the UI in 2003.
A self-described "evolutionary biologist," his research focuses on the molecular genetic aspects of evolution while his laboratory work combines experimental molecular biology and computer-based bioinformatics. His research interests also extend to broader university priorities in sustainability and biodiversity.
Old Capitol was the first permanent capitol of Iowa. When the state government moved to Des Moines, Old Capitol became the first building of the UI. It was officially opened as a museum in 1976 and became a National Historic Landmark.
The Museum of Natural History, established in 1858, is the oldest natural history museum west of the Mississippi River. Located in Macbride Hall, the 18,000-square-foot facility includes the Iowa Hall gallery, which offers a 500-million-year journey through Iowa's geology, archaeology and ecology, and the Bird Hall gallery, which houses more than 1,000 North American Birds and the historic Laysan Island cyclorama.
The museums each attract about 30,000 visitors a year.
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