Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Sage Center Distinguished Fellow talks

Armand Leroi from Imperial College London is the Sage Center Distinguished Fellow for October and November. He is a developmental biologist and science historian. He is giving a series of lectures over the next few weeks. All talks are at 3 p.m. in Bren 4016

October 24--The Experimental Evolution of Music

People all over the world have very different kinds of music. Why? It seems to me that the diversity of music needs to be studied rather as biologists study the diversity of organisms. In this lecture, I'll talk about several ways in which evolutionary analyses can give insights into the diversity of musical forms.

October 31--Aristotle and The Search for the Soul
Who was the greatest biologist of all times? For most it is Darwin; for me it is Aristotle. Although few read him, his scientific work -- there is no other word for it -- was vast and deep. It is a complete biology. In this lecture I will argue that Aristotle still has things to tell us.

November 7--Mutants — and what to do about them
Should you get yourself sequenced? Should you get someone else sequenced? What then? In this lecture I will discuss the burden of mutation that the human species carries and its implications for the neo-eugenic society.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The virtues of waiting, procrastinating and avoiding conflict

Fred Adler will be visiting UCSB next week and giving the EEMB departmental seminar on Monday, Oct 10 at 4 pm in the MSRB Auditorium. The title is "The virtues of waiting, procrastinating and avoiding conflict."

Fred's research spans a huge range of topics in ecology and evolutionary-ecology, much of it relating infectious disease and natural enemies to the behavioral ecology and population dynamics of the interacting species. See  for more information.

Title: The virtues of waiting, procrastinating and avoiding conflict

Ants are among the most successful organisms on earth, not least because they have created an impression of being hard-working automatons who put even graduate students to shame. I will show that ants might
in fact succeed in part through waiting for other individuals to make the hard decisions and by avoiding stressful situations. Unfortunately, I have not quite gotten around to proving these results, but will give a sketch of how they could be demonstrated.