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Oct. 2, 2007

Photo: Dr. Jane Goodall with an orphan chimpanzee at the JGI Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Kenya. Dr. Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute do not endorse handling or interfering with wild chimpanzees. The chimpanzee in this photograph has been orphaned and lives in an Institute Sanctuary. (c) Michael Neugebauer

Goodall to help launch scholarship for Lakeside Laboratory Oct. 5 in Okoboji

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall will personally launch a new scholarship fund for students attending the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Regents Resource Center, a facility administered by the University of Iowa's Division of Continuing Education, with a lecture at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at Pearson Lakes Art Center, 2201 Highway 71 N. in Okoboji, Iowa.

All proceeds from the event, which is being sponsored by the Messengers of Healing Winds Foundation and hosted by the Friends of Lakeside Lab, will be used to establish the Dr. Jane Goodall Endowed Scholarship at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. The Friends’ mission is to support Iowa Lakeside Laboratory through scholarships and as a community resource for water quality monitoring, environmental education and research.

Tickets are $50 with a limited number available at $25 for students and educators. Goodall will also sign copies of her books. For ticket information and reservations, contact the Pearson Lakes Art Center at 712-332-7029 or visit

Meeting with Goodall will be UI President Sally Mason; Chet Rzonca, associate provost and dean of the UI Division of Continuing Education; Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; and several other UI administrators and representatives from the UI Foundation, Friends of Lakeside Lab and the Messengers of Healing Winds Foundation.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to meet a globally recognized leader who is passionate about preserving nature and the animals in it, and who shares many of the same goals and aspirations as we do with connecting learning to nature," Rzonca said.

Lakeside Executive Director Peter van der Linden said Lakeside Laboratory and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wildlife Research, Education and Conservation share the educational philosophy of connecting learning with nature and environmental stewardship.

"It is a great honor to establish a scholarship fund at Lakeside in Goodall's name, and we thank the Messengers of Healing Winds Foundation for sponsoring this event," van der Linden said.

Goodall first became famous in the 1960s for her pioneering research on chimpanzees. As a young woman she arrived on the shores of Lake Tanganyika in East Africa to study chimpanzee behavior in the wild. At the time, this was highly unorthodox as a research method and as an activity for a woman. Her findings, such as the making and use of tools by chimpanzees, transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals.

During her lecture Friday, Goodall will speak and engage the audience in a conversation about her life at the Gombe National Park in Tanzania and the work of the Jane Goodall Institute. The institute continues Goodall's pioneering research of chimpanzee behavior and is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and the Roots & Shoots education program, which has groups in more than 95 countries. For more information, visit

Iowa Lakeside Laboratory was established in 1909 as one of the first biological field stations in the United States. Operated by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, Lakeside's mission is to "teach about nature in nature." The Friends of Lakeside Lab was incorporated in 1994 to support Lakeside through scholarships and as a community resource for environmental education, research and water quality monitoring.

For more information or special accommodations to attend this event, contact Maureen McCormick, UI Division of Continuing Education, at 319-335-3800 or Jane Shuttleworth, Friends of Lakeside Lab, at 712-337-3669.

For more information on the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory Regents Resource Center, visit

For more information on the UI Division of Continuing Education, visit

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jane Shuttleworth, Friends of Lakeside Lab, 712-337-3669 Ext. 7,; Chet Rzonca, University of Iowa Division of Continuing Education, 319-335-2527,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,