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Nov. 11, 2011

At A Glance

'Fossil Guy' series continues Nov. 12 with 'Feathered Dinosaurs Yesterday and Today'

"The Fossil Guy" series continues at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, with "Feathered Dinosaurs Yesterday and Today." Each "Fossil Guy" program consists of a 30-minute talk by Don Johnson, a local amateur paleontologist, followed by a close-up, hands-on, question-and-answer session using his collection of fossils and artifacts. Presentations are geared toward elementary-age children. The free public events are held in Macbride Auditorium.

Many fossil dinosaurs with preserved feather impressions have been recently discovered in China. These impressions have given us a new picture of these special dinosaurs and their close relationship with modern birds. What kind of "brain power" did these feathered dinosaurs have? How do the paleontologists and geneticists know that the modern birds are a specialized group of dinosaurs? Explore the Hageboeck Hall of Birds after these questions and more have been answered and meet the feathered dinosaurs that are still with us today.

For more information on the "Fossil Guy" and other Museum of Natural History programs, visit or call 319-335-0606.


Lecture explores 'Rotten Truth About Human Behavior' Nov. 17

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will continue its Explorers Seminar Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 with "The Rotten Truth About Human Behavior: Society Through the Lens of Garbage," a lecture by Margaret Beck, UI assistant professor of anthropology. The free public lecture will be held in the Museum's Biosphere Discovery Hub. Refreshments will be available afterwards.

Beck will begin with a discussion on "garbology," including garbage studies of modern U.S. cities, before describing how people in the mountains of northern Luzon, the largest of the islands in the Philippines,throw things away and what this reveals about them.

In addition to her archaeological research in the U.S.Southwest and Great Plains, Beck has conducted ethnoarchaeology in the Philippines and the United States. Her work has appeared in American Antiquity, Ethnoarchaeology, Geoarchaeology, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, Journal of Archaeological Science, Kiva, and Plains Anthropologist.

The UI Explorers Seminar Series will wrap up the semester on Dec. 15 with a lecture by Art Bettis of the UI Department of Geoscience.

More information about the museum at, call 319-335-0606 or email


UI Jazz Repertory Ensemble performs Nov. 17 and Dec. 6

The University of Iowa Jazz Repertory Ensemble (JRE), directed by School of Music faculty member Brent Sandy, will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Riverside Recital Hall. The band will preview the concert in a performance at the Mill Restaurant in downtown Iowa City at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17.

Included on the concert will be "Big Dipper" by Thad Jones, "St. Thomas" by Sonny Rollins, "Self-Portrait in Three Colors" and "Better Get Hit in Your Soul" by Charles Mingus, "Anthropology" by Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie, "Count 'Em" by Quincy Jones, "Quiet Night and Quiet Stars" by Antonio Carlos Jobim, and "The Chicken" by PeeWee Ellis.

JRE is a big band that performs the works of the great composers from many eras of jazz history. Read a bio of Sandy at

Admission to the all-ages performance at the Mill is $3 for students and $5 for nonstudents.


Thanksgiving organ program to honor Kjaer daughter

Organist Gerhild Krapf will present a Thanksgiving program 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 in memory of Carolyn Kirkman, who died this summer after a long battle with cancer. Kirkman was the daughter of University of Iowa public radio personality Joan Kjaer and David Kirkman.

The free, public recital is at First Presbyterian Church, 2701 Rochester Ave., Iowa City.

Krapf will begin with "Schmuecke dich, o liebe Seele," a fragile chorale prelude—one of a collection of 11—written by Johannes Brahms in the last year of his life. Other pieces include Sonata No. 3 by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy; "O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen" by Brahms; two partitas for organ based on the chorale tunes: "Was Gott tut, das ist wohlgetan" and "Lobe den Herren" by Gerhard Krapf, Gerhild's late father and one-time chair of the UI organ department; Prelude and Fugue in G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach; "Dankpsalm" by Max Reger; and Bach's Concerto in G Major.

Krapf, quality and operations improvement coordinator in the UI Office of the Provost, holds bachelors and masters of music degrees in organ from the UI School of Music. Kjaer is host of "WorldCanvass," a monthly television and radio program.


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