Like politics, evolution is one of those topics you don't bring up at the dinner table.
The Gallup poll reported in 2009 that 39 percent of Americans believe in Darwin's theory. If you're one of those Americans, or if you're curious about the issue, you'll be interested in knowing that Sean B. Carroll is coming to town. The famed professor, scientist and author will deliver Gonzaga University's annual O'Leary Lecture on Nov. 17.
His presentation, titled, “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species” will be at 7:30 p.m. at Cataldo Hall Globe Room.
According to a press release Carroll studies the development and evolution of animal form and is a leader in the field of evolutionary developmental biology, or “evo-devo.” Utilizing tools of modern molecular biology and genetics, Carroll and colleagues have revealed how changes in gene regulation during development shape the evolution of body parts and body patterns.
He is widely known as a speaker and writer about scientific subjects, having authored six books, including “Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Origins of Species,” a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award in nonfiction. He writes a monthly column — called “Remarkable Creatures” — for The New York Timesand has been a consulting producer for the public television program NOVA. He received the 2010 Stephen Jay Gould Prize in recognition of his efforts to advance public understanding of evolutionary science. He will also visit with science majors during his visit.
Tracy Simmons is an award-winning journalist specializing in religion reporting and digital entrepreneurship. In her approximate 20 years on the religion beat, Simmons has tucked a notepad in her pocket and found some of her favorite stories aboard cargo ships in New Jersey, on a police chase in Albuquerque, in dusty Texas church bell towers, on the streets of New York and in tent cities in Haiti. Simmons has worked as a multimedia journalist for newspapers across New Mexico, Texas, Connecticut and Washington. She is the executive director of SpokaneFāVS.com, a digital journalism start-up covering religion news and commentary in Spokane, Washington. She also writes for The Spokesman-Review and national publications. She is a Scholarly Assistant Professor of Journalism at Washington State University.