Evolution and Neighborhood Improvement to be discussed at Binghamton University Forum

2011-11-07

BINGHAMTON, NY – David Sloan Wilson, a distinguished professor of biology and anthropology at Binghamton University, will discuss his newest book, “The Neighborhood Project: Using Evolution to Improve My City: One Block at a Time,” at the University Forum breakfast, Thursday, Nov. 10.  Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. followed by the formal program at 8:00 a.m. at the Binghamton Club.

Wilson founded the Binghamton Neighborhood Project to use evolutionary theory and data collection to improve the quality of life in Binghamton.  Project activities have included surveys of students, seniors, and members of religious groups.

Wilson is the author of nearly 200 scientific articles published in biology, anthropology, psychology, and philosophy journals.  His academic books include The Natural Selection of Populations and Communities; Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior; and Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society.

Wilson holds a doctorate from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester.  He joined the Binghamton University faculty in 1988.  He is a past Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of both University and Chancellor’s awards in Excellence in scholarship, and a member of the Human Behavior and Evolution Society’s editorial board.

In addition to his own research and writing, Wilson is the director of EvoS, a campus-wide program that strives to use evolutionary theory as a common language to create a single intellectual community, spanning all human-related subjects in addition to the natural world.

The Binghamton University Forum is a membership organization comprised of business, professional and community leaders that brings nationally known authorities to speak at functions throughout the year.  For more information, call the Forum office at (607) 777-4390.

Last Updated: 9/17/13