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Oct. 18, 2005

CLAS, UITV Collaborate To Bring Saturday Scholars To Television

If you think Saturdays begin at noon, you've been missing a chance to hear about a host of topics being explored by faculty in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). The college will bring its Saturday Scholars series to local night owls through a collaboration with UITV, which will broadcast videos of selected Saturday Scholars presentations Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday evenings from now through December. The programs will also be shown on Wednesday mornings for early birds who missed them the first time around. In addition, the videos will be available on the college's website,

Saturday Scholars was developed by Linda Maxson, CLAS dean, to give members of the public a chance to hear about the latest teaching and research innovations by faculty members in the college. Since 1998 the college has featured five to six of its top faculty members speaking on and engaging audiences in their current research on Saturday mornings during the fall semester.

Featured Saturday Scholars speakers include:

Kate Gfeller, School of Music and Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, "Do You Hear What I Hear: Music Perception through a Bionic Ear"

  • Tuesdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 29, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Oct. 26 and Nov. 30, 3 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
  • Saturdays, Oct. 29 and Dec. 3, 9 p.m.

Craig Kletzing, Department of Physics and Astronomy, "The Aurora Borealis: Nature's Lightshow in the Sky"

  • Tuesdays, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Nov. 9 and Dec. 14, 3 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
  • Saturdays, Nov. 12 and Dec. 17, 9 p.m.

Kevin Kregel, Department of Exercise Science, "100 Years and counting: A Radical View of the Science of Aging"

  • Tuesdays, Nov. 1 and Dec. 6, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, 3 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
  • Saturdays, Nov. 5 and Dec. 10, 9 p.m.

Shelton Stromquist, Department of History, "Immigrants' America: Then and Now"

  • Tuesdays, Nov. 15 and Dec. 20, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Nov. 16 and Dec. 21, 3 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
  • Saturdays, Nov. 19 and Dec. 24, 9 p.m.

Mark Weiger, School of Music, "Oboe on the Road"

  • Tuesdays, Oct. 18 and Nov. 22, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, Oct. 19 and Nov. 23, 3 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
  • Saturdays, Oct. 22 and Nov. 26, 9 p.m.

On Tuesday, Dec. 27, UITV will begin a marathon Saturday Scholars Festival, with all five programs running back-to-back from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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