J. James Woods - Lectures in the Sciences & Mathematics

2005 - 2006 Series

A Revolution in Evolution: Rewriting Evolutionary History

Monday, September 26th, 7:30pm, Reilly Room

Peter Brown is an Associate Professor of Archeology and Paleoanthropology, at the University of New England, Australia. Dr. Brown led a team that discovered Homo floresiensis, a small, human-like species that lived 18,000 years ago on a remote Indonesian island. His talk will focus on how our understanding of human evolution changes as new discoveries are made.

Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior

Wednesday, October 19th, 7:30pm, Reilly Room

Temple Grandin is an Associate Professor of Animal Science, at Colorado State University. Dr. Grandin has used her experiences as an autistic person to understand the behavior of domestic animals, claiming that autistic people can often think the way animals think. She will talk about her latest book.

The Cosmic Perspective

Wednesday, February 8th, 7:30pm, Clowes Hall (free tickets required)

Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. An astrophysicist who writes a monthly column for Natural History magazine, Dr. Tyson is well-known for his ability to explain the universe in terms that most Earthlings can understand.

The Blank Slate

Monday, April 10th, 7:30pm, Reilly Room

Steven Pinker is a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University. Dr. Pinker writes about human nature and the development of the human mind, trying to understand the roles of genetics and environment in making us who we are. He will talk about his latest book, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.