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Award winning Carnegie Scholar to speak at ISU

January 23, 2009

TERRE HAUTE -- On Tuesday, Feb. 3, a researcher of evolution and ecology will speak at Indiana State University as part of the Biology Seminar Series: "From Molecules to Ecosystems."

Craig Nelson, professor emeritus of biology at Indiana University and a Carnegie Scholar, will speak about evolution at 4 p.m. Feb. 3 in Room 12 of the Science Building. His presentation is titled, "Evolution, Creation or Both' Big Macs, Double Elimination Tournaments, and Bowling isn't Football: The Scientist's Lot is Not a Happy One- Or is it'" Nelson is the fourth guest speaker, as well as the fourth annual Tri-Beta Speaker, who will be at Indiana State as part of the series.

Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta) is a national biological honor society, primarily for undergraduates. The society is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study through scientific research.

Nelson received his bachelor's from the University of Kansas, and then went on to earn his master's and doctorate from the University of Texas. In 2004, Nelson was named president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, which focuses on the scholarships of synthesis and application.

Nelson has won many awards including the President's Medal for Excellence from IU, Outstanding Research and Doctoral University Professor of the Year in 2000, and several others for distinguished teaching.

In conjunction with the upcoming Darwin Day, the movie "Inherit the Wind" about the Scopes trial is scheduled to be shown in the Cunningham Memorial Library on Feb. 9. Then on Feb. 10 as part of Darwin Day, Tom Seeley from Cornell University will speak on "Honey Bees and Effective Decision Making."

The series, sponsored by the ISU department of biology and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College science and math department, brings internationally recognized research scientists to speak to students and community members. For more information, visit or call 812-237-2501.

Refreshments will be served from 3:30 to 4 p.m. with the seminar beginning at 4 p.m. on Feb. 3.


Contact: Rusty Gonser, Indiana State University, assistant professor, at 812- 237-2395 or

Writer: Jennifer Spector, Indiana State University, media relations intern, at 812-237-3773.