Evolutionary studies workshop to develop community program


Binghamton University’s evolutionary studies program, EvoS, will offer a day-long series of lectures and workshops to discuss ways of improving environmental and human welfare in our community. The event, titled “Community-Based Research from an Evolutionary Perspective,” will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, October 2, in Science Library 212 on the University campus. In addition to participation by Binghamton University faculty and students, the event will feature four distinguished speakers.

The four speakers are: John Maerz, a Binghamton alumnus and research scientist at Cornell University, who conducts research in the Binghamton area and can explain how evolutionary theory can be applied to the environmental problems faced by the community; Bryan Vila, chief of the Crime Control and Prevention Research Division of the National Institute of Justice, who will show how the ecological and evolutionary processes studied in biology can provide the basis for a theory of human crime, its control and long-term prevention; Arturo Sesma, a scientist at the Search Institute, whose mission is to “provide leadership, knowledge and resources to promote health children, youth and communities;” and Ian Lustick, Bess W. Heyman Chair of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, who will explain the role of agent-based models in social science research and help participants develop similar models for community-based research.

Recommendations resulting from the workshops and lectures will be used to implement a program of community-based research through collaborations among faculty, community partners and experts in the field.

Sponsors include the Binghamton University’ Office of the Vice President for Research and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Contact Linda Anastasia at lanastas@binghamton.edu or 607-777-6955.

For more information, visit http://bingweb.binghamton.edu/%7Eevos/Community.htm

Last Updated: 9/17/13