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Entomologist to discuss benefits of spiders during ‘Thursdays @ the U’

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Michael Draney

Dr. Michael Draney

Did you know that spiders are the single most diverse (most species-rich) group of predators in the world and play an important role in the ecosystem? Whether you’re arachnophobic (afraid of spiders) or arachnophilic (a spider lover), you’re sure to learn something new when Dr. Michael Draney presents “Spiders: Tiny Tool-Using Tigers” Thursday, Sept. 20, as part of UW-Eau Claire – Barron County’s “Thursdays @ the U” lecture and performance series.

Draney’s presentation will be from noon-1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Room 234, Ritzinger Hall) on the Rice Lake campus, 1800 College Drive.

Draney, professor of biology at UW-Green Bay, holds a doctorate in entomology from the University of Georgia in Athens. He teaches biology, including entomology, environmental science and invertebrate biology. Draney has led students on numerous research grips to Panama to study the ecology and taxonomy of sheet web spiders.

For more information about "Thursdays @ the U," contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-234-8176, ext. 5417.