NORTH NEWTON, KAN. -Bethel College alumnus and former biology instructor Darrell Wiens returns to campus in early April to present a biology lecture and workshop. Wiens is professor of biology at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. He will lecture on the topic "Heart Development in Altered Gravity and Involving Students in Research." The lecture is set for 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 7 in room 121, Krehbiel Science Center at Bethel College, North Newton. Admission is free and open to the public. He will also present a workshop for students in Bethel's Developmental Biology class.
Wiens graduated from Bethel College in 1972 with a major in biology. He completed his master's degree in physiology and cell biology at the University of Kansas and his doctoral degree in cell and developmental biology at Kansas State University. He taught biology at Bethel from 1975 to 1977 and has taught at the University of Northern Iowa since 1988.
A researcher in cell and developmental biology, Wiens has been honored for his research and teaching excellence. For two of the grants NASA has awarded him, Wiens and his associates studied altered gravity and early heart development.
The presentation, funded in part by the Bethel College Science Lectureship Endowment, is one of several special events to celebrate the inaugural year of Krehbiel Science Center.