The Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus will welcome bestselling author Dr. Sean B. Carroll for a seminar titled “Endless Forms Most Beautiful? The Making of the Animal Kingdom.” The author, biologist and professor will speak from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Richard J. Ernst Cultural Community Center Theater.
Carroll is a molecular biology and genetics professor at the University of Wisconsin and the vice president for science education at Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He has published several books, including his most recent “Brave Genius” (Crown).
The award-winning author is also an internationally-recognized evolutionary biologist. His lab research has centered on genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity.
“He’s an amazing biologist who is also really good at telling stories,” said Trudy Gillevet, associate professor of biology at NOVA’s Annandale Campus. “He presents science to an audience in such a clear and concise language that allows everyone to connect with the stories.”
The seminar is free and open to the public. It is dedicated to Professor Bill Gorham – former friend and recently retired colleague – in recognition of his lifelong passion for educating the public about science. The Annandale Campus is encouraging the community, students, faculty and staff to join them for Carroll’s presentation. The on-campus bookstore will also have Carroll’s latest book available for purchase. A meet and greet is scheduled for 1 p.m. after his presentation.
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