Dr. Sean B. Carroll, the Allan Wilson Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin and vice president for science education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will present a Science Seminar on Friday, October 23 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Ernst Community Cultural Center Theater on the Annandale Campus. Light refreshments, a meet and greet with the speaker and a book signing will follow in the Lower Verizon Gallery of the Ernst Center from 1:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
All faculty and staff are cordially invited to attend the presentation titled, “Endless Forms Most Beautiful? The Making and Unmaking of the Animal Kingdom.” The speech will address the question, “How has the great diversity of the animal kingdom evolved and what will their dwindling numbers mean for our own species?”
Associate Professor of Chemistry and winner of the 2013 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence Reva A. Savkar praised Carroll for being in the vanguard of the field of evolutionary developmental biology, or “evo-devo,” where his work has bridged the gap between evolution at the molecular level and at the organism level. Savkar is also the chair of the Science Seminar Committee.
In his study of evolution, Carroll examined morphology and how body form and variation were influenced by the interactions and expression of genes during organism development. He found that changes in gene regulation affect phenotypic expression and observed the genetic mechanisms determining these variations and their evolutionary implications.
Carroll earned his B.A. in biology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, his Ph.D. in immunology at Tufts Medical School, and performed postdoctoral research with Dr. Matthew Scott at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also writes a monthly column for The New York Times called “Remarkable Creatures.”
Carroll was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences from the Franklin Institute, the Stephen Jay Gould Prize from the Society for the Study of Evolution, and the Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Award from the Society for Developmental Biology for his work.
A prolific writer, Carroll is the author of six books, including “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species,” a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award for nonfiction. All of his books will be on sale in the Lower Verizon Gallery before and after the seminar.
The seminar is dedicated to Bill Gorham, recently retired Annandale biology professor, in recognition of his lifelong passion for science and for his generosity in sharing that passion with the community.
This event is presented by the Science Seminar Committee; Math, Science and Engineering Division; and the Lyceum, Annandale Campus.