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MONDAY: Darwin 2009 — Evolution: Evidence and Impact Capstone Symposium — 'The Vision and Legacy of Charles Darwin'

National Geographic contributing writer David Quammen, Darwin-Wallace Medal Recipient Mohamed Noor, “Ardi” team member Owen Lovejoy to be among speakers at Nov. 23 symposium.

Date: 11/16/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: Wendy Beckman
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Other Contact: Ron Millard
Other Contact Phone: (513) 558-2336

UC ingot   The final Darwin Sesquicentennial Celebration major event will occur on Monday, Nov. 23, when the University of Cincinnati hosts the capstone Darwin 2009 Symposium
The photo of Mohamed Noor was taken by David Friend.
Darwin-Wallace Medal recipient Mohamed Noor will discuss where new species come from.

“The Vision and Legacy of Charles Darwin.”
  The symposium, starting at noon in the Great Hall in UC’s Tangeman University Center (TUC), will feature lectures by David Quammen — noted Darwin-Wallace scholar-author, Mohamed Noor — biologist and 2009 Darwin-Wallace Medal recipient, Owen Lovejoy — anthropologist and leader of the “Ardi” discovery team, Glenn Storrs — paleontologist exploring transitional forms at the Cincinnati Museum Center, Arnold Miller — evolutionary biologist revealing changes in global biodiversity at the University of Cincinnati, and Kenneth Petren — biologist unraveling the conundrum of Darwin’s finches at the University of Cincinnati.

Where:  Great Hall, Tangeman University Center
When:  Monday, Nov. 23, 2009

Photo of David Quammen by Stephen Hunts of Montana State University.
Noted Darwin scholar and science writer David Quammen will present the keynote lecture.

Free and open to the public.


noon     Ronald Millard — chair, Darwin Sesquicentennial Celebration Committee, introduces President Williams
Welcome remarks, Gregory Williams, president, University of Cincinnati

12:15 p.m. Keynote Lecture, "Charles Darwin Against Himself: Caution versus Honesty in the Life of a Reluctant Revolutionary,” David Quammen (Montana State University): Darwin-Wallace scholar and author
• Introduced by Thane Maynard (executive director, Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden)
• Afterward — Q&A hosted by Neville Pinto (dean, UC Graduate School)

This photo of Ken Petren and a woodpecker finch was taken in the Galapagos Islands in 2006.
UC's Ken Petren will talk about 'Charles Darwin's Finches and the Context of Scientific Revolution.'

1:15 p.m. Book signing by David Quammen — outside Great Hall

1:30 p.m. Symposium opening remarks, Sandra Degen (UC Vice President for Research)
1:45 p.m. “Charles Darwin's Finches and the Context of Scientific Revolution,” Kenneth Petren (University of Cincinnati): Galapagos evolutionary biologist
• Introduced by Prof. Miriam Kannan (Northern Kentucky University)

2:25 p.m. “Learning From the Past: the Geological Record of Global Biodiversity and Mass Extinction,” Arnold Miller (University of Cincinnati): evolutionary biologist
• Introduced by Glenn Storrs (Cincinnati Museum Center)

3:05 p.m.  “Fossils in Transition — Darwin’s Paleontological Legacy,” Glenn Storrs (assistant vice president for natural history & science and the Withrow Farny Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Cincinnati Museum Center): vertebrate paleontologist
• Introduced by David Meyer (paleontologist, University of Cincinnati)

Photo of Arnie Miller by Dottie Stover of the University of Cincinnati.
UC's Arnie Miller will discuss global biodiversity and mass extinction.

3:45 p.m. “Where Do New species Come From? Understanding the Role of ‘Recombination’ in Species Formation,” Mohamed Noor (Duke University): geneticist/biologist, 2008/2009 Darwin-Wallace Medal Recipient — Linnean Society of London
• Introduced by Michal Polak (biologist, University of Cincinnati)

4:25 p.m. “Ardi, Lucy and Modern Humans: What Would Darwin Have Thought?” C. Owen Lovejoy (university professor, anthropology, Division of Biomedical Sciences, Kent State University) Hominoid evolutionary anthropologist, “Ardi” (Ardipithecus ramidus) Discovery Team
• Introduced by Anthony Perzigian (Provost, University of Cincinnati)

Photo of Owen Lovejoy is courtesy of Kent State University.
C. Owen Lovejoy will present 'Ardi, Lucy and Modern Humans: What Would Darwin Have Thought?'

5:05 p.m. Symposium closing remarks, Anthony Perzigian, senior vice president and provost, University of Cincinnati

*Symposium Lectures will be simulcast live by UC Vision. (Link will be available here.)

5:15–6:30 p.m. Symposium reception, “Form from Form: Art from Discovery” exhibit in the Meyers Gallery Steger Student Life Center on UC’s MainStreet, (enter street level opposite Nippert Stadium)

Symposium Sponsors:   

Taft Research Center for the Humanities
Office of the Graduate School
Office of the Vice President for Research
Office of the Provost

Darwin 2009