Schedule of Events

February 18th-20th, 2016

(all events free and open to the public)

Thursday, February 18
Sahai Auditorium, Medical Education Research Facility (MERF)
7:00-8:30PM Carlos Bustamante: "Genetics: The origins of humans"
Registration is closed - at capacity
Friday, February 19
Kollros Auditorium, Biology Building East (BBE)
3:00-3:45PM Briana Pobiner: "Humans are still evolving: evidence from diet, disease, and diversity"
3:45-4:30PM Tim Weaver: "The meaning of Neandertal skeletal morphology"
4:30-5:15PM Carlos Bustamante: "Opportunities and challenges for evolutionary genomics research in the personal genome era"
Saturday, February 20
Macbride Auditorium, Macbride Hall (MH)
9:30AM Introduction
9:45-10:30AM Briana Pobiner: "Ancient appetites: What was the real paleodiet?"
10:30-11:15AM Tim Weaver: "The role of history and chance in human evolution"
11:15-11:30AM Break
11:30-12:15PM Ann Reid: "Science class is for science, right? Think again"
12:15-1:00PM Carlos Bustamante: "This view of life: Genomics is a cornerstone for evolutionary biology"
Biosphere Discovery Hub, Museum of Natural History, Macbride Hall (MH)
1:00-2:00PM Darwin's birthday party
106 Biology Building East (BBE)
2:00-5:00PM Emily Schoerning: "Science and language: Overcoming controversy in the classroom"
Download teacher sign-up form

Teachers (and anyone else) interested in this workshop should both sign up and email Dr. Schoerning (

Workshop Schedule:

-Introduction 2:00-2:45 PM

-Practice Session One: Scientific Method, Scientific Language 2:45-3:15 PM

-Practice Session Two: Dialog Building Skills 3:15-3:45 PM

-Regroup & Break 3:45-4:00 PM

-Practice Session Three: Evolution and Conflict Roleplay 4:00-4:30 PM

-Regroup 4:30-5 PM

Carlos Bustamante is a population geneticist with a focus on human genetics and genomics. His work is wide-ranging, but some general foci are the population genomics and global health, studies of ancient DNA, and clinical genomics. Dr. Bustamante's work has won international acclaim and he has received multiple honors and awards including a Marshall-Sherfield Fellowship, the Sloan Research Fellowship, and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship.

Ann Reid is the executive director of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Previously, she has worked as a research biologist sequencing the 1918 influenza virus, as a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council's Board on Life Sciences, and as director of the American Academy of Microbiology. She has spent a large part of her career promoting communication of science to the public.

Tim Weaver is a paleoanthropologist. He studies human evolution, with a focus on the origins, evolution, and disappearance of Neandertals, and the related topic of the origins of humans who were anatomically and behaviorally modern. While his emphasis is on the later phases of human evolution, he has also worked on earlier periods, mostly in the context of the evolution of human bipedal walking and running and childbirth. He strives to integrate approaches and datasets from population and molecular genetics with traditional studies of the fossil and archaeological records.

Briana Pobiner is an evolutionary anthropologist. She studies the evolution of the human diet, with a focus on meat-eating (including cannibalism). Her research has been supported by the Fulbright-Hays program, the Leakey Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Emily Schoerning is the director of research of the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Her research has focused on mixed-methods approaches to solving linguistic problems in science education. She is currently building on that work by spearheading a new initiative that aims to help local communities form and nurture coalitions to support and improve science education.

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