September 08, 2008

Author and biologist Sean Carroll to speak as part of Case Western Reserve's Year of Darwin Celebration


Respected author and leading biologist Dr. Sean Carroll will discuss his work in biological development and evolution on Thursday, September 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Case Western Reserve University's Strosacker Auditorium .

Carroll's talk is one of the first events of Case Western Reserve's "Year of Darwin" celebration, an academic year-long series of university-sponsored events and programs examining the work and life of Charles Darwin.

The program is hosted by the College Scholars Program and SAGES.

Carroll is a professor of molecular biology and genetics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin. His research focuses on animal development and diversity in an evolutionary context.

Additionally, he has written a number of popular books, including The Making of the Fittest and Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo, centered on biological development and evolution, and Into the Jungle: Great Adventures in the Search for Evolution, which invites students to step into the lives of naturalists who followed their dreams, and often risked their lives, to explore the unknown.. His newest book, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species, will be released in early 2009.

Named one of America's most promising leaders under the age of 40 by TIME magazine in 1994, Carroll has received the National Science Foundation Presidential Investigator Award, the Milwaukee Foundation's Shaw Scientist Award and numerous honorary lectureships. He has also authored or co-authored more than 100 scientific papers.

His discoveries have been featured in TIME, US News & World Report, The New York Times, Discover and Natural History. NOVA, the popular PBS science program, is developing a two-hour special based on his books.

The Year of Darwin celebration helps mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth (February 12, 1809)—and the 150th anniversary of the publication (November 24, 1859) of his influential book On the Origin of Species. The nineteenth-century British naturalist's work is the foundation for all modern biological science, agriculture and medicine. The series of lectures by diverse and well-known speakers such as Dr. Carroll, Judge Jones, and E.O. Wilson, hosted by the university between August 2008 and April 2009, will demonstrate the importance and wide applicability of evolutionary ideas and approaches in varied spheres of intellectual and practical endeavor. Additional details are available online.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, September 8, 2008 10:33 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, Conferences/Symposia, Events, HeadlinesMain, news

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