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Saturday Scholars lecture series continues Sept. 12 with "Messages for Healing"

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- "Saturday Scholars: Tailgating for the Mind" lecture series continues this Saturday morning with "Messages for Healing" presented by Alice Fulton, director of UI's honors program and professor of biochemistry. The public is invited to join the huddle for this pre-game presentation at 9 a.m. in Room 40, Schaeffer Hall.

"The cells in our bodies can stretch out to reach each other, or walk long distances in order to heal wounds or to sculpt our bodies during development. For cells to walk this way, they need to make many different proteins, and assemble them into structures in the right positions," Fulton said. She will share new insights into how cells "walk" from one area to another for the purpose of healing wounds.

Linda Maxson, professor of biology and dean of the College of Liberal Arts, said "We received an excellent response from last week's Saturday Scholars participants. It's exciting to offer alumni and the community opportunities to learn new information on a variety of topics from our outstanding faculty."

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 second in a series of six lectures sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.

Future sessions include:

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).