The Edward H. Birkenmeier Distinguished Lectureship in Genetics and Evolution

Edward H. Birkenmeier, 1947-1996, was a member of the scientific staff of The Jackson Laboratory for 16 years and a Senior Staff Scientist for five. The Birkenmeier Lectureship was founded to honor his memory and as a tribute to his enthusiasm and faith in science and learning. The lectureship is endowed through a fund established by Ed's family, friends, and colleagues. The funds are used to bring a distinguished scientist to the Jackson Laboratory for an annual public lecture. The first such lecture was held in 1998.

Dr. Shubin

June 19, 2015 - Dr. Neil H. Shubin, Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy; Associate Dean, Academic Strategy, Biological Sciences Division; University of Chicago will present the 2015 Birkenmeier Lecture at 4:00 p.m. in the CC Little Auditorium.  Title: Finding Your Inner Fish. Neil Shubin is a paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and science writer. He and his team are famous for the discovery of fossils from a 375 million-year-old species of fish, Tiktaalik roseae that represents an intermediate link between fish and land-dwelling tetrapods.  Dr. Shubin has written two popular books on evolution:  Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body, published in 2008 and The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People, published in 2013.
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