2019: Spring Semester EvoS Series

The Evolutionary Studies Program is hosting the 12th annual Evolutionary Studies Seminar Series, EvoS, from Feb. 11 to April 22. The series features speakers from varying disciplines discussing evolutionary principles and ideas. EvoS is open to the public. For more information, visit https://www.newpaltz.edu/evos/seminar.html.

Feb 11 – April 22

Colleagues, I write to announce the 12th annual Evolutionary Studies (EvoS) Seminar Series which will take place next Spring. This award-winning* series, which is open to the public, includes speakers from a broad range of disciplines who share content that is tied together based on evolutionary principles and ideas. EvoS speakers regularly include world-class scholars in the field of evolutionary studies.

Next year’s lineup (found here: https://www.newpaltz.edu/evos/seminar.html), will continue this great tradition with talks that focus on the theme of Evolution and the Social World.

In line with tradition, the first talk will serve as our campus-wide celebration of Darwin Day, celebrating Darwin’s contributions to our understanding of the world. Next February will be Darwin’s 201th birthday and we will celebrate in style, including an evolution-themed carnival (organized by the EvoS Club) and a special guest in the field of science entertainment, Natalia Reagan (of Nat Geo’s StarTalk) who will speak on mating systems in non-human primates (in a talk titled, “Going Ape! How non-human primates ‘get it on.’”). Natalia’s talk will take place in Science Hall Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m.

Other highlights will include:

A talk titled “Reciprocal Altruism, then and now” from renowned evolutionary biologist, Robert Trivers (delivered remotely); Monday, March 4 at 6 p.m.; SH Auditorium

A talk co-given by our own Raj Pandya (Physics and Astronomy) and  Joe Diamond (Anthropology) titled “Solar Events and the Human Experience: Why the Sunlight in Wooster Hall Matters” – to take place Monday, March 25 at 6 p.m. (SH Aud). This talk will connect with our campus-wide celebration of the spring equinox in Wooster Hall.

A talk given by star alum (and current grad student in Science Education), Kathryn Gruskin (Monday, April 22 at 6 p.m.; SH Aud) titled “The Evolved Classroom: Using Evolutionary Theory to Inform Education.

And a talk by UNH Sociologist, Cesar Rebellon, titled “No Guts, No Glory: The Influence of Adolescent Risk-taking on Adolescent Popularity and Romantic Involvement.” To take place on Monday, April 15 at 6 p.m.; SH Aud)

Along with academic director of EvoS, Tom Nolen, and the full EvoS Board, I thank the broader New Paltz community for supporting this speaker series over the years and look forward to seeing many of you and your students at EvoS in spring!

Genuinely, Glenn Geher – Founding Director of EvoS

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