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Feb. 6, 2003

Distinguished Scientist To Speak At UI Feb. 6

Steven F. Maier, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado, will speak on, "How the Immune System Talks to the Brain: Implications for Understanding Stress, Cognition, and Mood," at the University of Iowa at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6 in Room 101, Biology Building East. Maier is on campus as an Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor, and his visit will be hosted by the UI psychology department.

The lecture will focus on Maier's two broad areas of research. One centers on interactions between the brain and the immune system, with study of how the brain regulates immune processes and how immune cells signal the brain. The other main area centers on an exploration of the variables that impact stressors on brain chemistry and the mechanisms by which stressors alter behavior, mood, and the organism's reactions to drugs of abuse.

Maier has received numerous awards, including the Norman Cousins and the Neal Miller Distinguished Lectureships, and he is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), American Psychological Society (APS), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He has held both career and MERIT awards from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has served on numerous NIH study sections, and has edited and been on the editorial boards of numerous journals.

While on campus Maier will also meet with students and faculty and participate in a colloquium on Friday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 p.m., in S307 John Pappajohn Business Building.

Maier's activities at the UI are supported by the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professorships Program, which brings outstanding scholars to the UI campus for residencies ranging from a few days to an entire academic year. A native of Vinton, Iowa, Beam willed her farm to the UI in 1977. Proceeds from the sale of the farm were used to establish the visiting professorships program in her name. Since 1977, hundreds of eminent scholars and scientists have visited the UI campus to give public lectures and to meet with students and faculty.

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