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Elliott Lectures Explore Human Origins, Genetics

The Harriett Elliott lectures begin Wednesday, March 23, but the conversation has already begun about the 2011 series – Our Genetic Past and Genomic Future: Connecting the Science of Human Origins to Contemporary Life.

Join that conversation at the event’s blog, http://harrietelliottuncg.wordpress.com, where recent posts have dealt with Irish giants, HIV resistance, DNA databases and orangutan genomes. More information about the series, hosted this year by the Department of Anthropology, is available at the main web site for the lectures, http://www.uncg.edu/aas/lectureseries/.

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, paleoanthropologist John Hawks from the University of Wisconsin-Madison will deliver a talk in the Sullivan Science Building titled “Neandertime: Deciphering the Secrets of Ancient Genomes” about evidence for genetic evolution among humans during the past 30,000 years. He is well known for his public engagement, which includes his own blog (http://johnhawks.net/weblog); work with mainstream media such as NPR, Slate and the New York Times; and appearances on “Science Saturday” (bloggingheads.tv).

This year’s lecture series will also feature a panel discussion 3-5 p.m. the same day in EUC Auditorium that will consider the scientific study of human origins, evolution and variability as well as their everyday applications – that is, how they affect people’s lives in terms of biomedical practice, conceptions of difference and risk, and social identity. Moderated by Dr. Cheryl Logan, the panel will include Dr. Lee Baker of Duke University, Dr. Fatimah Jackson of UNC Chapel Hill and Dr. Alondra Nelson of Columbia University.

By Dan Nonte