The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), the
Office of Science Education (OSE), and the National Academy of
Sciences (NAS) are partnering to present a lecture series,
Evolution and Medicine: An Exploration of the
Evolutionary Foundations of Contemporary Medical
Research. An outstanding group of scientists will
present lectures on evolution from several perspectives and explain
why understanding evolution is critical to contemporary biology.
The program is open to the general public. Teachers are
Live webcasts will be available and archived at http://videocast.nih.gov/. American Sign
Language (ASL) interpreters will be available upon request. If you
require this or other reasonable accommodations to participate in
this activity, please contact OSE at least 5 days prior to the
event at (E-mail) firstname.lastname@example.org,
(Voice) 301-402-2470, or (TTY) 301-496-9706.
All lectures will take place at 7:00 pm in the National
Academy of Sciences Auditorium at 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW,
Washington, DC. You will need to enter at 2100 C St, NW and show a
picture ID. For directions to the National Academy of Sciences,
please refer to the NAS Directions page on The National Academies Web site.
February 9 - Brain Evolution: Lessons From Birds and
Humans Who Sing and Talk
Whether you love listening to songbirds, enjoy singing, wonder
how language evolved, or marvel at the organization of the brain,
Erich Jarvis has scientific news for you. His cutting edge
research on vocal learning in birds has revolutionized our
understanding of vertebrate brain organization and
Dr. Erich Jarvis is an Associate Professor of Neurobiology at Duke
University, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and the
recipient of the prestigious NIH Pioneer Award.
March 25 - Your Inner Fish
What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a
fly? Are breasts, sweat glands, and scales related? To
understand the inner workings of our bodies and the origins of
diseases, scientists turn to unexpected sources like worms, flies,
and even fish. Dr. Shubin will tell the story of evolution by
tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long
before the first creatures walked the earth.
Dr. Neil Shubin is the author of Your Inner Fish
(Pantheon, 2008) and Associate Dean and Professor of Organismal
Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago.
April 13 - Communicating About Evolution
How can scientists and lovers of science communicate effectively
with students and the public? Long gone is the assumption
that mountains of evidence are sufficient to change opinions.
Instead, Matthew Nisbet argues that scientists need to understand
audiences’ worldviews and values. He outlines methods
for engaging diverse audiences around the meaning and implications
of evolutionary sciences.
Dr. Matthew Nisbet is Assistant Professor in the School of
Communication at American University. He has conducted
research and written extensively about communication dynamics in
June 8 - Evolution Matters
How is evolution relevant to everyday life? Dr. Hillis
argues that evolution is central to responding to the threat of
emerging diseases, for solving certain crimes, and for identifying
agents of bioterrorism, among other uses. Dr. Hillis shares
applications of evolution to real life issues and explains why it
is critical for tomorrow’s citizens to understand the
relationships of living things.
Dr. David Hillis is the Alfred W. Roark Centennial Professor and
Director of the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
at the University of Texas at Austin.