Darwin Keynote

Darwin Day

Darwin 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.

Tuesday 9 February 2010
Seminar begins at 4pm in S012
(cookies at 3:30)

Will be giving a second talk at:
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College at 8:00 pm.

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“The Altruism Equation: Evolution and the Origins of Goodness”
Dr. Lee A. Dugatkin
Department of Biology
University of Louisville

Dr. Dugatkin is a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Biology at The University of Louisville. His main area of research interest is the evolution of social behavior. He is currently studying the evolution of cooperation, the evolution of aggression, the interaction between genetic and cultural evolution, the evolution of disease virulence, the evolution of antibiotic resistance, the evolution of senescence and the evolution of risk-taking behavior. Dr. Dugatkin is the author of over 125 articles on evolution and behavior in such journals as Nature, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and The Proceedings of The Royal Society of London. He has published three books on the evolution of cooperation. The first, Cooperation among Animals: An Evolutionary Perspective (Oxford University Press, 1997), is a technical monograph on the subject. This book was awarded one of Choice Magazine’s "Outstanding Academic Books of the Year" for 1997. The second book, Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees (The Free Press, 1999), is a trade book and has recently been translated and published in Chinese, Korean and Japanese. Dr. Dugatkin’s other trade book on cooperation and altruism is The Altruism Equation: Seven Scientists Search for the Origins of Goodness (Princeton University Press, 2006: this book has been translated into German and Spanish). Dr. Dugatkin is the author of a textbook on animal behavior, entitled Principles of Animal Behavior (W.W. Norton, 2004). His newest trade book is Mr. Jefferson and The Giant Moose ( The University of Chicago Press, 2009).

Dr. Dugatkin has spoken at over sixty major universities all around the world including Harvard, Oxford University (England), Cornell, The University of Chicago, The London School of Economics, and Cambridge University (England), and is a contributing author to Scientific American, The New Scientist, Newsday. Cerebrum, BioScience and The Wilson Quarterly.

For more information visit Dr. Dugatkin's Laboratory at http://www.louisville.edu/faculty/laduga01/

Dr. Lee Dugatkin's Photographs at Indiana State University

21 April 2010
Seminar begins at 4pm in S214
(cookies at 3:30)

“On the origins of novelty and diversity in development and evolution: a case study on horned beetles”
Dr. Armin Moczek
Department of Biology
Indiana Molecular Biology Institute
Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior
Program in Cognitive Sciences

Dr. Moczek’s research focuses on a central question in biology: how do major phenotypic novelties originate and diversify in nature. In particular he is interested in the ecological, developmental, and genetic mechanisms, and the interactions between them, that drive evolutionary innovation and diversification. To tackle these issues from a variety of perspectives and at different levels of biological organization he uses approaches ranging from molecular developmental biology and genomics to quantitative genetics, comparative endocrinology, and behavioral ecology. His main study organisms is horned beetles in the genus Onthophagus.

For more information visit Dr. Moczek's Laboratory at http://www.bio.indiana.edu/~moczeklab/armin_moczek.html

Past Speakers

2009, Dr. Tom Seeley

2008, Dr. Hopi Hoekstra

2007, Dr. Steven Shuster

2006, Dr. Butch Brodie