Re: [asa] Evolution Conference Washington, DC

From: Randy Isaac <>
Date: Fri Sep 11 2009 - 07:38:13 EDT

This looks great. The title and topic seem quite appropriate, I think.
I met Rick Potts this summer and got a tour of his office and labs inside the museum. More on that later. I like him very much and he gives great talks. I would love to attend this if I could. Dick, will you be able to go and give us a summary?

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Dick Fischer
  Sent: Thursday, September 10, 2009 10:58 AM
  Subject: [asa] Evolution Conference Washington, DC

  The following Smithsonian event this coming Saturday, Sept. 12 (8:30am - 5:00pm) is free and open to the public:

  Topic: Since Darwin: the Evolution of Evolution

  Location: Natural History Museum; Baird Auditorium

                          (ground floor; enter from Constitution Avenue)


        Saturday, September 12, 2009, 8:30am – 5pm

       Natural History Museum
        Event Location
       Baird Auditorium, Ground Floor (enter from Constitution Ave.)
       Free; first come, first served

       Since Darwin: The Evolution of Evolution

       Natural History Museum scientists Dr. Hans-Dieter Sues (associate director for Research and Collections) and Dr. Douglas Erwin (curator, Department of Paleobiology) host a symposium celebrating the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his book On the Origin of Species. This all-day event features talks by internationally renowned experts from the museum and other institutions.

        Morning Session:
        - 8:30-8:45: Cristian Samper (director, NMNH): Introduction
        - 8:45-9:30: Janet Browne (Department of the History of Science, Harvard University): Two hundred years of Darwin: the role of anniversaries in the history of biology
        - 9:30-10:00: Jonathan Coddington (Department of Entomology, NMNH): Darwin's tree
        - 10:00-10:20: Coffee break
        - 10:20-10:50: Gene Hunt (Department of Paleobiology, NMNH): The fossil record and the evolution of species
        - 10:50-11:20: Jim Lake (Molecular Biology Institute, University of California at Los Angeles): Selection for cooperation in the first two billion years
        - 11:20-11:50: Peter Crane (Department of Geophysical Sciences, University of Chicago): No longer mysterious? An update on the origin and early evolution of angiosperms
        - 11:50-12:00: Questions for morning session

        - 12:00-1:30: Lunch break

        Afternoon Session:
        - 1:30-2:00: Douglas Erwin (Department of Paleobiology, NMNH): The challenge of the Cambrian Explosion: the construction of animal biodiversity
        - 2:00-2:30: Naomi Pierce (Museum of Comparative Zoology and Department of Organismal and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University): Nabokov meets Darwin: origin and evolution of blue butterflies
        - 2:30-3:00: Per Ahlberg (Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University): When fins became feet: fossils, genes, and the move from water to land
        - 3:00-3:20: Coffee break
        - 3:20-3:50: Hans Sues (associate director for Research and Collections, NMNH): Unearthing mammalian origins: the fossil record of a major evolutionary transition
        - 3:50-4:20: Richard Potts (Department of Anthropology, NMNH): 'Light would be thrown on the origin ...': what we have learned about human evolution since Darwin
        - 4:20-4:30: Questions for afternoon session
        - 4:30-5:00: General discussion moderated by Drs. Sues and Erwin

  Dick Fischer

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