Members of the Danforth Center Friends Committee organize the quarterly series and offer guests the opportunity to learn about the work of the Danforth Center and the partners who help to sustain it. Discussions focus on topics of both regional and global urgency and feature leading experts in plant science and related disciplines.
Reservations are required for this complimentary event.
Valet and self-parking is available.
August 27, 2015 Let's Talk About... Ants, Bees and Wasps: Understanding the Roots of Social Life
5:15 p.m. reception in the Lower Atrium
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. program in AT&T Auditorium
Societies have evolved repeatedly in a group of insects that include ants, bees and wasps. Human civilization, including agriculture, is strongly affected by these social insects. Please join us for a discussion about how science is revealing the basis of social life in important insects, the evolution of mechanisms that promote cooperation and the connection between socially responsive genomes and human health.
Gene E. Robinson is the director of both the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and the Bee Research Facility at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He holds a University Swanlund Chair, and leads the Honey Bee Genome Sequencing Consortium. His scientific discoveries have illuminated the basis for social behavior of bees and other insects. His numerous honors include the Burroughs Wellcome Innovation Award in Functional Genomics; Founders Memorial Award from the Entomological Society of America; Fulbright Senior Research Fellowship; Guggenheim Fellowship; NIH Pioneer Award; Fellow, Animal Behavior Society; Fellow, Entomological Society of America; Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences; and member of the US National Academy of Sciences.
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The last Conversations program of 2015 to be held November 12, 2015.
More information coming soon about our 2016 Conversations series.