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March 16, 2012

At A Glance

UI biologist wins NSF grant to research biodiversity

University of Iowa assistant professor of biology Andrew Forbes has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the origins of biodiversity.

In particular, he will determine whether new species can be generated through interactions between a particular species of plant-eating insect and its parasites –- whether speciation of the apple-eating fly Rhagoletis pomonella has led to the creation of new diversity among its three insect parasites, Diachamsa alloeum, Diachasmimorpha mellea, and Utetes canaliculatus

The broader biological question involves a foundational principle of evolutionary ecology: Can biodiversity beget biodiversity? As new species form, they may create new niches for other life forms to exploit, thereby creating a chain reaction of biodiversity.

In addition to supporting basic research activity, the grant will fund science training, education, and research activities by Forbes and his colleagues at local, university, and international levels. This project is part of a collaboration between Forbes and professors at the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University.

The Department of Biology is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


UI visiting artist Stonehouse will present March 29 lecture

Fred Stonehouse, a University of Iowa School of Art and Art History visiting artist in painting, will present a free lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in Room 116 of Art Building West.

An alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a faculty member at Wisconsin-Madison, Stonehouse is nationally recognized for beautifully executed artwork and a witty sense of rebellion. Often encompassing religious or surreal contexts, his paintings are a materialization of his nostalgia for familiar cartoon figures of the past, blended with his own delicate balance of humor, beauty, and derangement.

He is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painting Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Midwest Grant, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Institute of Visual Arts. His work is represented in the collections of the San Jose Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Madison Art Center, and the Block Museum at Northwestern University. Stonehouse has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Village Voice, Art in America, and Art News.

Learn more at and Read an interview with Stonehouse at


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