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ALLELE: Dr. Mohamed Noor
November 29, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dr. Mohamed Noor will present a lecture titled, “Using Star Trek to understand evolution: How could there be so many alien humanoid species.”
Dr. Noor is a professor and former department chair of Biology at Duke University. His team uses fruit flies to understand the genetic changes associated with forming new species. He teaches courses on genetics and evolution, and he has held many significant scientific society roles, including currently serving as the editor-in-chief of the research journal “Evolution”. He is also a lifelong Trekkie, and he has been using Star Trek as a basis for teaching about principles of genetics and evolution both in the classroom and at various sci-fi conventions (such as DragonCon in Atlanta). His book “Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us about Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds” releases the week of his presentation by Princeton University Press.
Alabama Lectures on Life’s Evolution (ALLELE) hosts six public lectures per year highlighting the diversity of ideas and disciplines influenced by evolutionary thought. This lecture was rescheduled from September because of a cancellation due to weather.