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"Fascinating Frogs" featured for Saturday Scholars program Oct. 3

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Frogs -- fodder for fairy tales and pharmaceutical compounds alike -- have captured the imagination of humans for centuries. Linda Maxson, professor of biology and dean of the College of Liberal Arts, will separate fact from fiction as she presents "Fascinating Frogs" during Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind at 9 a.m., Oct. 3, Room 40, Schaeffer Hall.

The third in a six-part lecture series, "Fascinating Frogs" will look at how more than 3,500 species have adapted and thrived throughout the world, some in the most unexpected places.

"Recently, we have been hearing about the plight of frogs -- how their habitats are being destroyed and discoveries of frog populations displaying extreme limb deformities that have raised concern about our environment," said Maxson. She will also talk about different frogs that produce deadly toxins, powerful antibiotics, and compounds useful for treating heart disease.

Coffee and pastries will be available at 8:45 a.m. and presentations will finish before game time. The program is free and open to the public. For more information about up-coming programs, call 384-0017.

Future Saturday Scholars sessions include:

Edward Wasserman, professor of psychology, "Minding Animals." Wasserman will trace the scientific study of animal intelligence and discuss recent findings about mental abilities in animals. (Oct. 10, Iowa vs. Northwestern, Homecoming);

Christopher Roy, professor of art and art history, and Lynda McIntyre, associate director, "Art and Life in Africa Project." Roy and McIntyre will show how advanced technology is bringing the masterpieces of African art and creativity to Iowa. (Oct. 24, Iowa vs. Wisconsin, Parents Weekend);

Ed Folsom, professor of English, "Photo-Sensitive: Walt Whitman and Nineteenth Century Photography." Folsom will explore how Whitman, the most photographed writer of the century, wrote a poetry that was "photographic" in its ways of seeing and describing the world. (Nov. 14, Iowa vs. Ohio State).