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The Louis Levine-Gabriella de Beer Lecture in Genetics

  • Date
    Thu, Apr 18

    5:00 PM


    Shepard Hall
    Convent Avenue at 139th Street

    Shepard Hall, The Great Hall

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    Dr. Sean B. Carroll, “The Making of the Fittest: DNA and a New Golden Age of Evolutionary Science.”

    Thursday, April 18, 2013 5:00 PM The Great Hall, The City College of New York
    Lecture by Dr. Sean B. Carroll “The Making of the Fittest: DNA and a New Golden Age of Evolutionary Science.”

    Sean B. Carroll is Vice President for Science Education, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Wisconsin. He is an award-winning scientist, author, and educator. He is a pioneer of, and widely considered to be the leading figure 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. His laboratory has focused in particular on how changes in non-coding DNA regulatory
    sequences play a central role in the evolution of animal form.

    Dr. Carroll is the author of several books including Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species (2009), which was finalist for the 2009
    National Book Award for non-fiction, The Making of the Fittest (2006), and Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo (2005), and 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.

    The Louis Levine-Gabriella de Beer Lecture in Genetics was established by Gabriella de Beer in memory of her
    husband, Professor Louis Levine. A graduate of the College, he earned his Ph.D. in population genetics under the late great evolutionary geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky at Columbia University. Professor Levine’s research centered on population studies of Drosophila and behavior genetics of
    mice. Human genetics and forensic genetics were among other areas to which he was devoted. Professor Levine taught in the Department of Biology and in the Sophie Davis School
    of Biomedical Education, participated in bi-national research studies in Mexico, was Visiting Professor at the Technion (the Israel Institute of Technology) in Israel, and in later
    years served as a consultant and expert witness in criminal cases involving DNA evidence. The aim of these annual lectures is to perpetuate Professor Louis Levine’s lifelong interest in the ever-expanding field of