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March 15, 2012

At A Glance

UI Museum of Natural History hosts Storytime Adventures: 'Lions'

Children and families are invited to learn about lions during Storytime Adventures, sponsored by the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 18. The program, which is part of a semester-long series, is geared for elementary school aged children. Held in the museum's Iowa Hall, the program includes readings and activities for children to do both at the museum and at home.

The spring Storytime Adventures series will continue with hummingbirds (April 15) and turtles (May 20).

The UI Museum of Natural History features four permanent galleries exploring natural history and emerging environmental research in Iowa and beyond. For more information call 319-335-0606, email or visit


Partnership for Alcohol Safety to meet March 21 in University Capitol Centre

The regular bi-monthly meeting of the Partnership for Alcohol Safety will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in Room 2390 of the University Capitol Centre. The room is located on the second floor above Cookies & More.

Among the items on the agenda are an update from Steve Larson of the State Alcoholic Beverage Division on a program called I-PACT and a discussion of an alcohol safety strategy for the fall 2012 school semester.

The next meeting of the group is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Room 2520, the second floor seminar room, of the University Capitol Centre.

The Partnership for Alcohol Safety is a joint project of the University of Iowa and the City of Iowa City. Its mission is to identify and advocate for strategies that reduce high-risk drinking and promote a vibrant downtown.


UI Museum of Natural History seminar: ‘Evolution in Iowa Backyards’

“Evolution in Iowa Backyards: What the Insects Eating Apples and Sunflowers Tell Us About Origins of Species” is the subject of a lecture by University of Iowa Biology Professor Andrew Forbes at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in the Biosphere Discovery Hub of the UI Museum of Natural History. Forbes' talk is the latest in the museum's Spring 2012 Explorers Seminar Series.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

Forbes will discuss why are there so many insect species — estimates range from 1.5 million to 80 million species — and why the vast majority of these are parasites of plants or other insects. Forbes will discuss what the study of such unassuming organisms such as the apple maggot and the sunflower fly can tell us about how new species originate, sometimes right in our own backyards.

The Department of Biology is a unit of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, visit, call 319-335-0606, or email


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