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Media Advisory 09-031

Evolution of Evolution: A National Science Foundation Webcast

Honoring 150 years of "On the Origin of Species;" Noor is recipient of Darwin-Wallace Medal

Illustration of Charles Darwin.


Charles Darwin's work impacted many sciences including biology, anthropology, and even astronomy.
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November 20, 2009

Listen to audio interviews with Mohamed Noor and Anthony Remijan and view video interviews with Jim Second and Judy Totman Parrish.

Please join the National Science Foundation (NSF) on Monday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. ET for a live webcast featuring Darwin-Wallace Medal recipient Mohamed Noor of Duke University, who will answer media questions about current evidence for evolution and modern evolution theory. Among the topics:

  • Does modern genetic evidence favor the existence of a missing link?
  • What's the single most important evolution discovery in the last 50 years?
  • Is the current understanding of evolution about to undergo another big change?
  • Does the process of natural selection evolve?
  • What will be evolution's next big discovery?

Noor was recognized by the Linnean Society of London with the prestigious Darwin-Wallace Medal in February 2009, the third time such awards were made in the last 150 years.

The occasion also marks the launch of NSF's anniversary edition of its multimedia Web site Evolution of Evolution: 150 Years of Charles Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species.' You may view the complete anniversary edition here at 8 a.m. on Nov. 23 to read essays and hear audio interviews from top evolution researchers in the fields of anthropology, astronomy, biology, geosciences, polar sciences and science history: http://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/darwin/.

What:

Live webcast with evolutionary biologist Muhamed Noor of Duke University.

When:

Nov. 23, 2009, 10 a.m. EDT.

Where:

Media can call 800-857-9718 to participate in the webcast by phone. The verbal passcode for callers is "Darwin." Media can take part in the webcast online by going to http://www.science360.gov/live. A video recording of the press conference will be posted on the NSF Web site after the webcast. Please note: A username and password will not be required to access this page on Nov. 23. All are encouraged to submit questions in advance at webcast@nsf.gov.

Who:

Mohamed Noor, Duke University, professor and associate chair of biology.

-NSF-

Media Contacts
Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8485, bmixon@nsf.gov

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Jim Secord discusses popular mythology surrounding natural selection.
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Jim Secord discusses popular mythology surrounding natural selection.
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Mohamed Noor discusses Charles Darwin's idea of gemmules and the creation of new species.
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Mohamed Noor discusses Charles Darwin's idea of gemmules and the creation of new species.
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Judy Totman Parrish discusses how geographic evolution will change Earth's continents.
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Judy Totman Parrish discusses how geographic evolution will change Earth's continents.
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Anthony Remijan discusses how the first constituents for life could be found in outer space.
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Anthony Remijan discusses how the first constituents for life could be found in outer space.
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