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Sean B. Carroll Visit to Middlebury: Thursday, November 14, 2013

Sean B. Carroll is an award-winning scientist, author, and educator. He is currently Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the largest private supporter of science education in the United States, and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin. Carroll is a leader in the field of evolutionary developmental biology, or “evo-devo,” the study of the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity.

Dr. Carroll is the author of several books including Brave Genius: A Scientist, A Philosopher, and their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize (2013); Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (2009), which was a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for non-fiction, The Making of the Fittest (2006), and Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2005), and he also writes a regular column for the New York Times Science Times.  His honors include the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences (2012), election to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Stephen Jay Gould Prize for the advancement of the public understanding of evolution, and the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Biology Teachers.

Nov. 14 (Thursday) at 4:30 pm, McCardell Bicentennial Hall 216: (refreshments)

“Endless Forms Most Beautiful: Evo Devo and a New Evolutionary Synthesis”

We have learned a great deal in the past 25 years about genes and development that bear on our understanding of how animal forms evolve. We will discuss how we can now integrate this knowledge of developmental genetics into an expanding evolutionary synthesis.

This will be an extended Q&A style seminar on the field of ‘evo devo’ (evolutionary developmental biology), for which Dr. Carroll will deliver opening remarks to set the stage followed by Q&A.

Nov. 14 at 7:30 pm, Dana Auditorium (refreshments)

Brave Genius: A Scientist’s Journey from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize”

Dr. Carroll will chronicle the adventures of Jacques Monod, a co-founder of molecular biology, from the dark years of the German occupation of Paris to the heights of the Nobel Prize, his friendship with the great writer Albert Camus, and his emergence as a public figure and leading voice of science. The lecture will be a synthesis of science, history, and literature.  Dr. Carroll will also deal with denialism of two of the biggest ideas in biology, as effectively confronted by the lead character Monod.

Sponsored by Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Academic Enrichment Fund, and Biology Department