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ONU Presents Lecture from Top Evolutionary Biologist

Mar 30, 2010

Ohio Northern University presents a lecture by Josh Rosenau, the public information project director at the National Center for Science Education in Berkley, Calf., in room 107 of the Meyer Hall of Science on Saturday, April 10, at 11:15 a.m.

Titled “Dobzhanksy Was Right: Defeating Anti-Evolution in the Classroom,” Rosenau’s presentation will be the All-Academy Lecture during the 119th annual meeting of the Ohio Academy of Science.

Rosenau’s research focuses on modeling the ecological niche and geographic ranges of species and how ecology influences the biogeography and evolution of mammals. As an evolutionary biologist in Kansas during the 2005 state science standards fight, Rosenau worked with grassroot groups and the media to improve public understanding of the issues and to promote honest and accurate science education. Many of these same issues are currently being debated in Ohio.

The Rosenau lecture is free and open to the public.

The two-day Ohio Academy of Science meeting will also feature a symposium on “Water Quality of Ohio’s Lakes: Inland and Erie” at 9 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. on Saturday in room 107 of the Meyer Hall of Science room.

The Ohio Academy of Science’s annual meeting is for academic, governmental and industry scientists and engineers, university and pre-college educators and teachers, and pre-college, undergraduate and graduated students and interested lay citizens in the Ohio region. On Saturday, April 10, more than 150 scientific presentations will occur in Meyer Hall and the Mathile Center for Natural Sciences.