New York University Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Navigation Skip to Sub Navigation

David Sloan Wilson, Author of “The Neighborhood Project,” to Deliver Annual Darwin Lecture—March 23

February 27, 2012
253

David Sloan Wilson, a SUNY Binghamton Distinguished Professor who applied evolutionary theory in an effort to improve his local community, will deliver New York University’s annual Darwin Lecture on Friday, March 23, 4 p.m. at NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) Auditorium (12 Waverly Place, bet. Greene and Mercer; subways: N/R @ 8th St., 6 @ Astor Pl.).

Wilson, president of the Evolution Institute and a professor of biology and anthropology, had authored two books about Charles Darwin when he decided to apply evolutionary theory and data collection to improve the city of Binghamton, NY. He and his collaborators employed a variety of techniques--studies of holiday decorations and garage sales, genetic testing, and attitude questionnaires--to create a map of the neighborhoods in Binghamton that reflects the civic engagement in each. Wilson chronicled his efforts in the recently released The Neighborhood Project, in which he posits that evolutionary biology can offer guidance for improving other aspects of life.

The lecture, hosted by NYU’s Department of Biology and co-sponsored with the university’s Dean for Science, is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please direct questions to biology@nyu.edu or 212.998.8209. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or james.devitt@nyu.edu.

Wilson’s books include: Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives, Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society, and, co-authored with Elliott Sober, Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior.

New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology
The 14 faculty at NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology are integrating vast amounts of genomic data into systems and networks to predictively model the regulatory mechanisms controlling life, at the level of single cells, tissues, and across the six kingdoms of life. These studies, which span the genomes of a range of model organisms from bacteria to animals and plants, have implications for human health and agriculture. Potential applications include the development of new diagnostics for in vitro fertilization, treatment of disease states such as malaria, and alterations of organisms for practical gain, such as biofuels or nitrogen-use efficiency. The research involves the combined skills of genomicists, bioinformaticians, systematists, and evolutionary biologists all working together in signature open plan “loft” laboratories in a new 70,000-square- foot, state-of-the-art Genome Center Science building located at the heart of NYU’s Washington Square campus.

For more, go to: http://cgsb.as.nyu.edu/page/home.

 

This Press Release is in the following Topics:
Arts and Science, Around the Square, Events

Type: Press Release

Press Contact: James Devitt | (212) 998-6808

 David Sloan Wilson, Author of “The Neighborhood Project,” to Deliver Annual Darwin Lecture—March 23

David Sloan Wilson (above), a SUNY Binghamton Distinguished Professor who applied evolutionary theory in an effort to improve his local community, will deliver New York University’s annual Darwin Lecture on Friday, March 23, 4 p.m. at NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) Auditorium.


Search News



NYU In the News

CUSP Unveils its “Urban Observatory”

Crain’s New York Business profiled CUSP’s “Urban Observatory” that is continuously photographing lower Manhattan to gather scientific data.

Post-Sandy Upgrades at the Langone Medical Center

NY1 reported on the major post-Sandy upgrades and renovations made at the Medical Center to protect the hospital from future catastrophic storms.

Steinhardt Research Helps Solve Tough Speech Problems.

The Wall Street Journal reported on research at Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, including an interview with Assistant Professor Tara McAllister Byun, that uses ultrasound to help solve tough speech problems.

Times Column Lauds Professor Stevenson’s New Memoir

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof wrote a column about “Just Mercy,” a new memoir by Law Professor Bryan Stevenson, the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, whom he noted has been called America’s Nelson Mandela.

Entrepreneurship Lab Opens at NYU

Crain’s New York Business covered the opening of the Mark and Debra Leslie Entrepreneurial eLab, which will be the headquarters for NYU’s Entrepreneurial Institute and all of the University’s programs aimed at promoting innovation and startups.

NYU Footer