I’m off tomorrow morning for Washington D.C. After a weekend of visiting family, I’ll be giving two talks on Monday (March 28) at the University of Maryland. The first is a seminar on my fly research to the Department of Biology (announcement here), and later that evening I’ll give the first Lee Hellman Lecture in Life Sciences—a public talk on my book and related themes. I can’t find any information on the web about the evening talk, but I’ll post it a link when I get it. In the meantime, here’s an internal announcement for those of you who may want to come (and you’re welcome to!):
College Park Scholars Life Sciences is pleased to present the first “Lee Hellman Lecture in the Life Sciences” on Monday, March 28, 2011, at 6:00 PM in BRB 1101. Refreshments will be available in the Colonnade next to the lecture theater beginning about 5:15 PM.
Lee Hellman, Emeritus Professor of Entomology, is the founding director of the Life Sciences Scholars Program and remains an integral component of the program to this day.
Each year, Life Sciences Scholars will bring a prominent scientist or journalist to campus who has written a book or article on an important topic in the life sciences directed at a level appropriate for our students and of interest to the general university community.
The speaker for the first Hellman Lecture is Dr. Jerry A. Coyne, previously a faculty member in the Department of Zoology at Maryland and now Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. Dr. Coyne is the author of the 2009 New York Times bestseller, Why Evolution Is True.
The title of Dr. Coyne’s lecture is “Why Evolution is True….and Nobody Believes It.”
My first academic job was at the University of Maryland, but I haven’t been back on campus since I left in 1986.
I’ll be back in Chicago Tuesday afternoon, and, in the meantime, Greg Mayer and Matthew Cobb will be filling in (I might weigh in from time to time). But though I’ll be gone, remember this: