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“What Darwin Didn’t Know”

Hopi Hoekstra

Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biology
Harvard University

Darwin Day Lecture

Friday, February 10, 2017, 7:30 P.M.
Earth and Space Sciences 001

When Darwin articulated his grand theory of evolution by natural selection in 1859, he was still missing one crucial piece: while he recognized that offspring resembled their parents, he didn’t know how this information was transmitted from one generation to the next.  In the last 150 years, not only has DNA been discovered as the carrier of genetic information, but we are increasingly able to link specific genes to the traits that they encode.  Now, we can study how traits evolve – as Darwin did – but also find evidence for evolution at a once unimaginable level: in DNA, genes and genomes. In this presentation, Hopi Hoekstra will tell you about her work studying evolution in action – by combining experiments in both the lab and the field – linking genes to traits and ultimately to survival.

Hopi Hoekstra is an evolutionary geneticist who studies the molecular basis of adaptation in wild mice. Since 2006 she has been an Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology at Harvard University. She became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2013, and in 2016, she was elected into the National Academy of Sciences.  In 1994, Hoekstra received her B.A. with Highest Honors at the University of California Berkeley and got her PhD in Zoology at the University of Washington in 2000. She was a NIH NRSA Fellow at the University of Arizona, and then an assistant professor at UC San Diego before joining the faculty at Harvard. She is an internationally renowned biologist who has made major strides in developing an approach that connects evolution in the wild to mechanisms at the molecular level.

Darwin Day is supported by the Department of Ecology and Evolution, the Provost of Stony Brook University, and the Living World Lecture Series of Science Open Nights.

National Science Teachers Association
National Conference in Los Angeles:
March 30–April 2, 2017

Sun, Surf & Science
Los Angeles Convention Center

Registered attendees of NSTA's 2017 National Conference, can take a deep dive into science/STEM education, professional learning, standards implementation, assessment, curricula, and resources/materials development at one-day Professional Learning Institutes (PLIs) are a full-day preconference sessions.

2017 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Science Ambassador Fellowship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Science Ambassador Fellowship is for teachers and educational leaders interested in bringing public health into middle and high school classrooms.

It includes a 5-day summer course (July 10-14, 2017) at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, GA and a 1-year distance-based professional development opportunity.

Applications are due February 15, 2017.

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