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May 13, 2008

At A Glance

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to honor top graduates at May 16 reception

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will celebrate the accomplishments of nearly 300 of its top May graduates with a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 16 in the Iowa Memorial Union's Second Floor Ballroom.

The reception honors students who have earned honors in a particular department or who are graduating with highest distinction, high distinction or distinction, and gives them an opportunity to introduce their parents, families and guests to collegiate faculty and administrators, including Linda Maxson, dean of the college.

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State Archaeologist to speak at Explorers Lecture Series May 22

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History continues its Explorers Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22 in its Biosphere Discovery Hub, with John Doershuk, State Archaeologist of Iowa and director of the Office of the State Archaeologist at the UI, presenting "Oneota Technological Adaptations to European Fur Trade Goods in Northwest Iowa."

The lecture series features UI researchers and professors presenting relevant current research relating to culture and the environment. Doershuk's research focuses on the Gillett Grove site excavations in Clay County, Iowa, and the Oneota Native Americans who once lived there. The lecture will focus on how the Oneota adapted their traditional technologies after European-origin trade goods appeared in the late 17th century.

For more information, call the museum at 319-335-0606.

Grant puts UI archaeologists on the road with RAGBRAI July 20-26

Chances are, few bicyclists participating in the Register's Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) July 20-26 realize they'll be cruising past archaeological treasures like buried steamboats, prehistoric rock shelters and earthen mounds.

But a $3,000 grant from Humanities Iowa, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, will enable a team of archaeologists from the University of Iowa-based Office of the State Archaeologist and the UI Museum of Natural History to spend the week pointing out these historical gems to the cyclists and residents of communities along the 471-mile route.

"Team Archaeology" will ride the route teaching people about Iowa archaeology, early Native American history and the value of saving cultural resources for the future. The team will offer programs at the overnight stops, Missouri Valley, Harlan, Jefferson, Ames, Tama-Toledo, North Liberty, Tipton and Le Claire.

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