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IAS Speaker Series - Wonders of Flight - Saylorville Lake Visitor Center

The Iowa Academy of Science Speaker Series resumes this Saturday, July 11th, as Rhea Waldman from Iowa State University presents the “Wonders of Flight” at 2:00 p.m. in the Saylorville Visitor Center.

What do insects, birds, bats and airplanes have in common? They all fly! But there are huge differences in how they fly. Join Rhea Waldman from Iowa State University and learn how size and flight speed complicate flight and now these fliers must adapt.

Tell your friends about this program for the entire family – ages 5 and up! To learn more go to the Saylorville Speaker Series page on the IAS website at:

The program is co-sponsored by the Iowa Academy of Science and the Army Corps of Engineers at Saylorville Lake. It is open to the public free of charge and children are especially encouraged to attend.

About Rhea Waldman

Rhea (née von Busse) Waldman is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology Department at Iowa State University.
She started her research on bat flight 10 years ago during her master's thesis, which she did in collaboration between the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany and Lund University, Sweden. This collaboration continued during her dissertation, entitled “the trinity of energy conversion - kinematics, aerodynamics and energetics of bats flight”. She received her doctorate from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany in 2011. She extended her research at Brown University in Providence, RI, focusing on flight energetics, muscle activity, and X-ray high-speed videography of flying bats.

 Rhea joined ISU in January 2014. She now works on several flight-related projects, such as conservation-motivated research of butterfly flight in a wind tunnel, butterfly wing morphometrics, aerodynamics of leaf flammability and is collaborating with the Aerospace Engineering Department to investigate the aerodynamics of aster seeds. 
 Rhea enjoys science outreach and is passionate about creating graphical visualizations of the methods and results of her studies to make her research accessible to a broad audience. She is a Portal to the Public scientist at the Science Center of Iowa.