Celebration of Darwin's legacy includes notable speaker


dr. sean carroll

Dr. Sean Carroll

The year 2009 is the 150 anniversary of Charles Darwin's publication of "Origin of Species", and the 200th anniversary of his birth. Celebrating Darwin's legacy, Adams State College Autumn@Adams will feature Dr. Sean Carroll at 3 p.m. in the Nielsen Library and 7 p.m. in the ES room 103 on Tuesday, Sept. 15.

Carroll's lectures, "Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species", will focus on the journeys of Charles Darwin, Alfred Russel Wallace, and Henry Walter Bates, and how the creatures they saw led each man to their respective discoveries and the making of the theory of evolution. Both events are free and open to the public. Free copies of Carroll's book, "Remarkable Creatures", will be available prior to the event in the Adams State Nielsen Library and the Southern Peaks Library in Alamosa.

Carroll is a professor of molecular biology and genetics and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin. His research has centered on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. Major discoveries from his laboratory have been featured in "TIME", "US News & World Report", "The New York Times", "Discover", and "Natural History".

Carroll is the author of a number of books and has received the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Shaw Scientist Award of the Milwaukee Foundation, and numerous honorary lectureships. He earned his B.A. in Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, his Ph.D. in Immunology at Tufts Medical School, and carried out his postdoctoral research with Dr. Matthew Scott at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The celebration continues with Dr. Ed Crowther's, Adams State history/government/philosophy department chair, noontime lecture, "Darwin and America's Soul" on Thursday, Sept. 17, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130. This event is free.

The sixth annual Autumn@Adams theme, "Transformations Begin Here/Las Transformaciones Empiezan Aqui", is a forum to celebrate the creative impulse toward change. Events include a cook-off, film, discussion, poetry, art and music from September 12 through September 18. For a complete schedule of events visit http://www.adams.edu/autumn_at_adams/, or call 719-587-7827.