March 02, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Johann Friedrich Miescher Regents Professor in Molecular Biology
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Texas at Austin
Evolution of Genomes Engineered for Disease Control
Genetic Engineering now enables the design of many transmissible interventions in disease control. This talk will introduce the spectrum of new-feasible transmissible disease interventions, evaluate prospects for short-term evolution to undermine them, and suggest engineering designs that may thwart the unwanted evolution.
March 23, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Instituto de Investigaciones Psicológicas
Developmental plasticity and human reproductive function: The devil is in the details
In this talk, she will review what we know (and don´t) about developmental plasticity of human reproductive function, analyze its impact on current epidemiological and demographic trends and highlight the contribution of an evolutionary viewpoint to our understanding of such patterns, particularly in the context of rapidly changing socio-economic and ecological systems worldwide.
March 30, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Professor of Asian Studies
Associate member, Depts of Philosophy and Psychology
Director, Database of Religious History
The University of British Columbia
Mind-Body Dualism in Early China: Implications for the Human and Cognitive Sciences
This talk will draw on a wide variety of evidence to debunk this Orientalist myth of holism, including archeological findings, traditional close reading of texts, novel large-scale textual analysis techniques, and work in contemporary evolutionary anthropology and cognitive science.
April 27, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Institute of Science and Technology, Austria
*more info coming soon
Sylvia Cremer is an Evolutionary Biologist interested in behavioral ecology and evolutionary immunology in ant societies. With her team, she studies individual and collective anti-pathogen defenses of ants, by a combination of behavioral observations, physiological and molecular measures of immunity, and chemical analyses.