University of Utah biologist Mike Shapiro will deliver New York University’s annual Darwin Lecture, “Endless Pigeons Most Beautiful: Darwin’s Favorite Birds Enter the Molecular Age,” on Wed., Feb. 27, 3:45 p.m. at NYU’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) Auditorium (12 Waverly Place, bet. Greene and Mercer Sts.).
Shapiro, an assistant professor of biology at the University of Utah, will discuss the pigeon, our ubiquitous urban neighbor, which was Charles Darwin’s favorite example of the power of selection to shape organisms’ behavior and appearance. Shapiro, through his studies of pigeon genetics and genomics, will discuss the molecular basis for the unparalleled diversity of these familiar animals.
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. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212.998.8209. Reporters interested in attending must RSVP to James Devitt, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6808 or email@example.com. Subways: N/R [8th St.], 6 [Astor Pl.])
New York University’s Center for Genomics and Systems Biology
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