UNI to host actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik

Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Jan Hanish, assistant vice president, Administration and Financial Services, 319-273-2382,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik Actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik will speak at the University of Northern Iowa's Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center (GBPAC) at 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2016, as part of the Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series.

During her lecture titled "Arts + Sciences = Big Bang," Bialik will discuss her life and career in science and the arts and the importance of both STEM education and the arts as critical components of her life. UNI extols the importance of combining math, science and the arts so students can build confidence, develop motor skills, and hone their decision-making and problem-solving skills.

Bialik is well known for her lead role as Blossom Russo in the early-1990s sitcom "Blossom" and now appears regularly as neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the "Big Bang Theory" for which she has received three Emmy nominations. She earned a B.S. in neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies from UCLA in 2000, and went on to the Ph.D. program in neuroscience, also at UCLA, completing her doctorate in 2007.

The Joy Cole Corning Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series was established in 2001 by UNI alumna and former Iowa Lt. Gov. Joy Cole Corning. The series' purpose is to bring to campus nationally and internationally renowned leaders in such areas as the arts, business, education, government and the judiciary. It provides students with an understanding of what constitutes leadership across disciplines and helps them discover how people become leaders in their fields.

Joy Corning graduated from UNI with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education in 1954. She taught school in Greenfield and Waterloo before leaving the profession to raise her family in Cedar Falls. She now lives in Des Moines.

Corning was elected to the Cedar Falls school board in 1973, serving 11 years, nine of them as president. After six years in the Iowa Senate, she was elected lieutenant governor, serving for eight years. 

Admission to the formal lecture is free; tickets are required. Tickets will be available: Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2 for UNI students only; Thursday, March 3 and Friday, March 4 for students, faculty and staff; and Monday, March 7 for the general public. Tickets will be available at all UNItix locations or call 319-273-7469.