Renowned evolutionary biologist to speak at URI

KINGSTON, R.I. — April 6, 1999 — The University of Rhode Island Departments of Biological Sciences, Geology, Philosophy, and the Honors Program will sponsor a talk by Richard Lewontin, one of the most influential evolutionary biologists in the world. Lewontin’s talk, entitled “Genes, Organisms and Environment,” is free and open to the public. It takes place April 15 at 4 p.m. at URI’s Biological Science Center Auditorium. Lewontin is a professor of zoology, biology, and population science at Harvard University. His areas of expertise include the mathematical theory of population genetics and the experimental determination of the genetic structure of natural populations. He has published extensively on philosophical and historical issues in biology. His most recent book is Biology and Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA. All told, Lewontin has published more than 250 books, journal articles and reviews. He has served as president of three leading scientific societies: the Society of the Study of Evolution, the American Society of Naturalists, and the Society for Molecular Evolution and Biology. For More Information: Andre Ariew, Dept. of Philosophy, 874-2812 David Fastovsky, Dept. of Geology, 874-2609 Saran Twombly, Dept. of Biology, 874-2609 Jan Sawyer or Ann MacDonald, 874-2116