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Cornell professor to speak at ISU

January 29, 2009

TERRE HAUTE- On Tuesday Feb. 10, a researcher of the five major transitions in evolution will speak at Indiana State University as part of the Biology Seminar Series: "From Molecules to Ecosystems."

Tom Seeley, a professor and chairman in the department of neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University, will speak at 4 p.m. Feb. 10 in room 12 of the Science Building about the research he has done on the social behavior of honeybees. Seeley is the fifth guest speaker who will be at Indiana State as part of the series. His scientific work consists mainly of experimental and observational investigations of the inner systems of honeybee colonies living under natural conditions.

Seeley earned his bachelors in chemistry at Dartmouth College and went on to get his doctorate in biology at Harvard University. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Seeley has received many awards for his work and publications including the Alexander von Humboldt Distinguished U.S. Scientist Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Seeley is the Darwin Keynote Speaker; this is the fourth annual Darwin Day, as well as the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth. The day was founded to celebrate science as an international language much like music. Darwin's idea of natural selection as a mechanism of evolution has become a central organizing principle in biology.

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 at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow the showing of the film.

The series, sponsored by the ISU department of biology and St. Mary-of-the-Woods College science and math department, brings in 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.


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 or