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Evolution Matters Lecture Series, features scientists from Harvard and around the world who are on the cutting-edge of advancing our understanding of evolutionary science–from the origins of life to the genetics behind human adaptations. Supported by a generous gift from Drs. Herman and Joan Suit.

The Origin of Cellular Life
Lecture by Jack W. Szostak
Jack Szostak, a Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Distinguished Investigator at Mass. General, described how efforts to design and build very simple living cells are testing our assumptions about the nature of life, generating ideas about how life emerged from the chemistry of early Earth, and offering clues as to how modern life evolved from its earliest ancestors.

 

From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principles of Collective Behavior
Lecture by Iain Couzin
Why do billions of locusts suddenly break into motion? How do ants carry heavy loads and march with orderly precision along densely packed trails? How do flocks of birds and schools of fish select their navigators? And how do we—humans—make decisions as citizens, drivers, and numerous other social situations? Learn about the major contributions Iain Couzin, Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton, has made to understanding the dynamics and evolution of collective animal behavior. 

 

Evolutionary Medicine at 20: Not yet Mature, but on the Way
Lecture by Randolph Nesse
Director of the Evolution & Human Adaptation Program at University of Michigan Randolph Nesse is one of the nation’s foremost researchers in the emergent field of Darwinian medicine—the application of modern evolutionary theory to the understanding health and disease.

 

Why Evolution is True and Why Many People Still Don’t Believe It
Lecture by Jerry Coyne
Jerry Coyne, a professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago and author of the seminal book, Why Evolution is True, is one of the world’s most eloquent defenders of evolutionary science in the face of legal, religious, and cultural opposition. In this talk, Coyne explored the multifarious evidence for evolution, why Americans are so resistant to accepting the theory, and what can be done to make the country more evolution-friendly.

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