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Darwin’s Legacy in 21st Century Biology
January 27, 2009, Volume 55, No. 19



This two day colloquium begins February 12, 2009—the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, theoriginator of the modern theory of evolution of species by means of natural selection. Darwin’s theory is the foundation of all modern biology. The speakers provide a comprehensive Darwinian and historical framework for current theoretical and empirical research. As such, the symposium at Rainey Auditorium, at the Penn Museum, emphasizes how the work of Charles Darwin continues to inspire biology in the 21st century and beyond. This program is part of the Year of Evolution. Register: www.museum.upenn.edu/darwin.

Thursday, February 12, 2009—Darwinian Context of Modern Biology

Introductory remarks: Howard Goldfine & Warren Ewens, Penn

Jerry Coyne, University of Chicago, On the Real Origin of Species: Speciation 150 Years After Darwin

Deborah Charlesworth, School of Biological Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Darwin & the Importance of Plant Making Systems in Evolutionary Theory

Rick Grosberg, UC Davis, Does Life Evolve Differently in the Sea?

Dorothy Cheney, Penn, The Evolution of Our Social Minds

John Doebley, University of Wisconsin, Evolution under Domestication

Ottoline Leyser, University of York, Auxin: The Molecule behind the Power

Final remarks: Paul Sniegowski, Penn

Public Lecture and Symposium, Keynote Speaker: 6 p.m., at Harrison Auditorium, Penn Museum;

Kenneth R. Miller, Brown University, Only a Theory? Evolution and the Battle for America’s Soul.

Friday, February 13, 2009—Darwinian Evolution: from Molecules to People

Introductory remarks: Howard Goldfine, Penn.

Bette Korber, Santa Fe Institute, An Evolutionary Perspective  on HIV Biology and the AIDS Epidemic.

Susan Lindquist, MIT, Protein Folding Sculpting Evolutionary Change

Marjorie Oettinger, Massachusetts General Hospital, The Evolutionary Elegance of the Vertebrate Immune System.

Haig Kazazian, Penn, Mobile DNA and Genome Evolution

Nancy Cox, University of Chicago, Recent Selection on Genes Implicated in Type 2 Diabetes?

Sarah Tishkoff, Penn, Perspectives on Modern Human Origins in the Genomics Era.

Final remarks: Frederic Bushman, Penn.


Almanac - January 27, 2009, Volume 55, No. 19