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Saturday scholars lecture series to begin Sept. 5

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind" lecture series kicks off Sept. 5 with Scott Robinson, associate professor of psychology, "Womb with a View: The Development of Behavior Before Birth." The public is invited for Saturday pre-game warm-up at 9 a.m. in Room 40 Schaeffer Hall.

"Behavior is not a trivial aspect of prenatal life, but is integral to the process of normal physical, neural and behavioral development before birth," says Robinson. He will explore a new view of prenatal experience and the foundations for understanding development of behavior before birth.

There will be coffee and pastries available at 8:45 a.m, and the presentation will finish before game time. The program is free and open to the public. This is the first in a series of six presentations sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. "We hope it will be a fun learning experience that will showcase some of the exciting new things going on in the College." says

Linda Maxson, professor of biology and dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Other sessions include:

Alice Fulton, director of the College's honors program and professor of biochemistry, "Messages for Healing." Fulton will share new insights into how cells "walk" for the purpose of healing wounds. (Sept. 12, Iowa vs. Iowa State);

Linda Maxson, dean, College of Liberal Arts and professor of biological sciences, "Fascinating Frogs." Maxson will discuss the adaptability and the plight of frogs in their changing environments. (Oct. 3, Iowa vs. Michigan);

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).