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Professor to speak on alternative development

March 30, 2010

Patrick Burton, assistant professor at Wabash College, will speak on alternative development as the TriBeta speaker for Indiana State University's Darwin Day Speaker Series for TriBeta.

The session will be on April 6 at 4 p.m. in Science Building Room 12.

Burton specializes in the evolution of alternate developmental trajectories, embryogenesis, asexual reproduction and regeneration. He strives to understand why some organisms are capable of developing their body plans in multiple ways while others cannot. He develops his research by working on two distinct groups of organisms called the cnidarians and annelids.

During the seminar he will be speaking on, "One Genome: Understanding the Relationship among Embryogenesis, Regeneration, and Asexual Reproduction."

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

For more information on the speaker series visit

The series is sponsored by First Year Programs, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, Office of Diversity, Center for Public Service and Community Engagement, the Honors Program, the Lilly Endowment and St. Mary's-of-the-Woods College.

Cookies will be served at 3:30 p.m.

Contact: Rusty Gonser, assistant professor of biology, or 812-237-2395

Writer: Kendra Thomas, media relations intern,, 812-237-3773