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Mar 6 2009
USC evolution lectures

Here is a notice about two upcoming lectures and a reception at USC (Columbia) on March 19, 2009. Note that the guest lecturer, Prof. Kevin Padian from UC Berkley, played a prominent role in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board trial. These should be VERY interesting sessions brought by a very prominent scientist.

[Contact: Jerry Hilbish, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, 803-777-6629]

2009 A.C. Moore Lectures in Evolutionary Biology and Society

Andrew C. Moore (1866-1928), the first chair of the Biology Department at the University of South Carolina (serving in that capacity from 1906-1928) wrote a strikingly insightful and modern essay on the dispute between evolutionists and religious fundamentalists in 1923. In recognition of A.C. Moore’s contributions to the University of South Carolina the Department of Biological Sciences is proud to announce the “A.C. Moore Lectures in Evolutionary Biology and Society”. This annual lecture series will bring nationally recognized scientists to the University of South Carolina for a series of lectures and discussions with students and the public on the impact of evolutionary biology on society.

The 2009 A.C. Moore Lecturer is Dr. Kevin Padian from The University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Padian is one of the top paleontologists in the United States. His research focuses on major events in the evolution of the vertebrates, especially the radiation of the dinosaurs and the origins of flight. Dr. Padian is also the president of the National Center for Science Education and was a key witness in the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board trial that found intelligent design to be a form of creationism.

Dr. Padian will deliver two talks on March 19 while visiting USC. The first talk is a seminar hosted by the Department of Biological Science titled "How dinosaurs grew (and what it tells us about their biology)". The seminar will be held in Coker Life Sciences (CLS) 215 at 11:15 AM on Thursday, March 19. Dr. Padian’s seminar is also open to the general public. Dr. Padian will deliver a second talk for a general audience titled "Darwin, Dover, and Intelligent Design: What's next for anti-evolutionists?”. The public talk will also be held in CLS 215 at 4:00 PM on Thursday, March 19.

The Department of Biological Sciences and the Thomas Cooper Society will sponsor a reception welcoming Dr. Padian to be held in the Graniteville Room on the Mezzanine of the Thomas Cooper Library on March 19 at 5:15 PM. The reception is open to the public.

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