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Science Thursdays

Science Thursdays

Science Thursdays is a weekly event series featuring science activities, food trucks and live music. It is a community enhancement effort that celebrates scientific discovery and promotes cross-departmental networking. These events are open to the public and are held in an accessible space, 11am-1pm, in the courtyard between the Medical Education Research Facility (MERF), Eckstein Medical Research Building (EMRB), Bowen Science Building (BSB), and the Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building (PBDB).

Virtual Science Thursdays:

Join us for Virtual Science Thursdays!  Performances will be broadcast via Facebook Live. You can view performances either on our Facebook page or this website in the window below. Enjoy!

Virtual productions are supported by the Carver College of Medicine, Science Thursdays, UI Hospitals & Clinics Food and Nutrition, and the UI Health Care Employee Engagement Resilience and Recognition Committee. 

Activities Fair: August 27, 2020 - Science Thursday with VPR Compliance Units!


Theme: Survivor: U Iowa, Campus Edition (click to open full description and host information)
Can you survive an emergency, pandemic or natural disaster?  COVID-19 hijacked science and life in general, really.  Please join Science Thursdays and the VPR Compliance units for this year's compliance fair focusing on survival during an emergency. Try the activities below to see how much you know about survival, research compliance, and Iowa. Win prizes related to survival! 

Hosts: Division of Sponsored Programs, Office of Animal Resources, Institutional Animal Care and Use CommitteeEnvironmental Health & Safety, Human Subjects Office, UI Research Foundation


  • Crossword puzzle (eligible for 3rd prize) - Questions focus on promoting education about the VPR compliance units and some fun UI history. 
  • Bingo (eligible for 3rd prize) - This activity focuses on supplies needed for emergency preparedness recommended by CDC to survive COVID-19.  Submit your Bingo card when you have demonstrated you have 3 items in a row (horizontally, vertically & diagonally). 
  • Bling your face mask or face shield (eligible for 1st & 2nd prizes) - Decorate a face mask or face shield of your choice and submit a photo. The picture can be of just the face mask/shield, the mask/shield being worn on the artist, or the mask/shield gently secured on the faces of family pets! 


  • 1st prize: Survival Backpack (filled with CDC recommended supplies)
  • 2nd prize: Portable Toilet (to minimize public rest room needs)
  • 3rd prize: Hawkeye face covering (Hawkeye gaiter for post-COVID use too)

**Multiple face covering prizes will be awarded for Crossword puzzle and Bingo.**

Entries are due by September 10 to sciencethursday-vpr@uiowa.edu.  


2020 Schedule:

April and October: Food trucks will be scheduled.  Science activities and musicians will be scheduled May-September. Seating will be provided if weather conditions allow. A list of food truck vendors can be found below. Musicians and food vendors interested in participating in Science Thursdays should contact Jennifer Stout for more information. **Due to the pandemic, most Science Thursdays activities have had to be canceled. We are working on alternatives.**

Date: Musicians: Activities & Info Booths:
June 11   --
June 18   --
June 25 Justin Goodchild  --
July 2 Stacy Webster --
July 9 Levi Pugh & Peter Stoltz --
July 16 Ingrid Streitz --
July 23 Kevin Burt --
July 30 Lojo Russo --
August 6 Levi Pugh --
August 13 Joseph Stoltz & Joey Schnoebelen --
August 20 Lojo Russo --
August 27 Justin Goodchild Activities fair: OVPR Compliance Units
September 3   --
September 10   --
September 17   --
September 24   Activities fair (TBA)
October 1 -- --
October 8 -- --
October 15 -- --
October 22 -- --
October 29 -- --

A schedule of activities will also be available on The Loop, Noon News, the UI Events Calendar and our Facebook page. UI groups interested in having an information booth at a Science Thursday event should email the Science Thursdays committee at COM-ScienceThursdays@uiowa.edu.

Food Truck Vendors*: 2019 List (2020 food truck services are pending additional discussion)

Business Name: Cuisine: Menu: 
Amos Deans Catering Iowa roots Website
Caribbean Kitchen Caribbean Facebook
El Gringo Loco Mexican  
George's Gyros Greek  
Guild Wurst Tavern Brats and burgers Website
Island Vybz Jamaican Facebook
Keepin Up With The Jones's BBQ  
Kona Ice Snow Cones Website
La Reyna Mexican  
Local Burrito Burritos Facebook
Maestro Empanadas Argentinian Website
Maggie's Farm Wood-Fired Pizza Pizza Website
Marco's Grilled Cheese Grilled Cheese & Quesadilla Facebook
Molly's Cupcakes Sweets Facebook
Moy's Food From the Streets Mexican Website
Morning Glory CSA    
One More Bite Sandwiches  
O's Grill Gyros Facebook
Paco's Tacos Mexican  
Revel's Mobile Meatery Burgers, Sandwiches, Tacos  
Rodney's Jamaican Jerk & BBQ Jamaican  
Sno Biz Snow cones  
Street Hawk American food  
Tacos Don Diego Mexican Facebook
TC Bonez BBQ Smoked BBQ Website
The Box Lunch 50's Diner Facebook
Wildwood BBQ Smoked BBQ Facebook

*Comprehensive list. Not all vendors will be available every week.