ALLELE – Dr. Eileen Hebets
January 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Eileen Hebets is a professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) in the School of Biological Sciences and a courtesy faculty member in the Department of Entomology at UNL. Her research group uses arachnids to study a diversity of evolutionary themes, including (i) the evolution and function of animal communication, (ii) animal mating systems, (iii) animal sensory systems, and (iv) the neural basis of complex behavior. Hebets is also a pioneer of informal science education, capitalizing on arachnids’ natural charisma to help students of all ages engage and persist in science. She has received nearly continuous funding for her science as well as her science communication and informal science education and has held many significant society roles, including her most recent election as the 2nd president elect for the Animal Behavior Society. Hebets currently teaches Animal Communication, Ecology and Evolution and Arachnids, and Communicating Science through Outreach – a course in which UNL students run after-school science clubs at local high-need middle schools. In 2017, Hebets received the University’s Innovation, Development and Engagement Award, the system’s most prestigious award for using academic expertise to enrich the broader community.