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Learn more about the Outreach and Public Engagement in the Department of Biology.

Science and technology permeate your life daily. The morning weather report, the clean water you use to make your morning coffee, your decision to eat (or not eat) GMO food for breakfast,  the medication you take to control your blood pressure, your decision to take (or not take) vitamin supplements, the car you drive to work, down to the light that you turn off at the end of the day have all been brought to you courtesy of science. Science is also at the core of significant political decisions. "Virtually every major issue facing global society today has science and technology components at its core: terrorism and other forms of violence, economic productivity, health status, global warming, and the need for sustainable development." AAAS CEO Alan I. Leshner, executive publisher of the journal Science, wrote in an editorial on public engagement.   

The University of Iowa Department of Biology participates in outreach activities to engage a range of audiences from students at the K-12 level, to residents of surrounding Iowa area communities, and state legislators.

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The Department of Biology Outreach Program is sustained in part by engaging undergraduate and graduate student volunteers to assist with coordinating and participating in events throughout Iowa City and surrounding communities.

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Public engagement in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The University of Iowa’s core mission extends beyond the classrooms, laboratories, studios, and libraries where we educate students, conduct our research, and create new artistic work. Equally important is our engagement with communities throughout Iowa, across the nation, and around the world. 

Our faculty, students, and staff work to solve problems, imagine new approaches to challenges, and improve quality of life, often through service-learning courses in which students earn academic credit. 

It’s a virtuous circle: When UI expertise is harnessed to help a community or region improve the lives of its residents, the experience adds unique educational value to students’ academic journeys, and advances the research and creative production of our faculty. In turn, that new knowledge empowers us to help more communities, solve more problems, and improve more lives. 

The UI is not just the University of Iowa, we're the University for Iowa—and throughout the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, we are proud to serve.