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

We are sorry to announce that Dr. Shubin’s June 19th lecture has been cancelled. Complications with his schedule have arisen and make it impossible for him to present the lecture at this time.

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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