I'm co-PI on an NSF Science & Technology Center grant. BEACON studies evolution in action in both biological and digital environments. [nsf, npr]
With President Simon upon receiving the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award.
Upcoming and recent invited talks include:
• Life Discovery Conference (10/14)
• National Association of Biology Teachers conference (11/14)
See complete list of public and professional talks, with titles.
* Courses / Teaching *
Fall 2014 - Spring 2015
I'm on sabbatical leave 2014-15 and so won't be teaching any courses this year. See you again in Fall 2015.
A light-hearted YouTube video birthday card that I helped produce and edit from the Society for the Study of Evolution to celebrate the Darwin Bicentennial. Check out some of your Lyman Briggs classmates and other internationally known scientists.
Students baked an "I Heart Evolution" cake to share for the last day of our Senior Seminar on Evolution in Action..
Some of my work using digital organisms to test hypotheses about the evolution of complexity and of altruism is discussed in the cover story of the Feb. 2005 issue of Discover magazine. [text, pdf]
Science magazine included mention of my Avida-ED digital evolution educational software. After 3 years of development and classroom testing, Avida-ED was offcially released for public distribution at the Society for the Study of Evolution Meeting in June 2007.
That's how May Barenbaum described me when presenting me with the American Institute of Biological Sciences Outstanding Service Award at the Washington DC ceremony in May 2009.
I was called as an expert witness in the Kitzmiller
v. Dover Area School Board case. You can read my expert report and deposition. Of the various articles about my testimony, these were two of the
most detailed: York
Daily Record & CNN.
I was interviewed by the History Channel for the documentary Scopes: The Battle Over America's Soul, that was part of their series 10 Days that Unexpectedly Changed America.
I organized the Society for the Study of Evolution exhibit "Evolution, Here and Now" for the first USA Science & Engineering Festival, first held on the National Mall in Washington DC in 2010 and biannually since then.