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[Evolution_RU] REMINDER - E&E Special Event; Dr. Robert Trivers leads discussion on eusociality and kinship theory; Oct. 13, 1:00 p.m. ENR Room 145

Lena Struwe struwe at AESOP.Rutgers.edu
Sun Oct 10 14:06:35 EDT 2010


  REMINDER - this is on Wednesday Oct 13, 1 pm. Note room change to the 
Alampi Room, IMCS.
See you there, Lena
>
> * * Ecology & Evolution Graduate Program
>
> *SPECIAL EVENT*
>
> *"Discussion of Nowak et al on eusociality and kinship theory"
> lead by
>
> *DR. ROBERT TRIVERS*
>
> Dept of Anthropology
>
> OCTOBER 13, 1 PM
> Alampi Room, IMCS, Cook Campus
>
> Host: Dr. Lena Struwe
>
> Background:
>
> M E Nowak, C E Tarnita, and E O Wilson published a controversial paper 
> in a recent issue of Nature, arguing that Hamilton's kin selection 
> theory (caring for your relative's offspring instead of having 
> children of your own) does not explain the evolution of eusociality 
> better than standard natural selection theory. Since the publication 
> this has been heavily debated, with input from many prominent 
> evolutionary biologists. Dr. Trivers will lead a discussion on this 
> topic for faculty and students on Cook Campus.
>
> Everybody is welcome to attend.
>
> Links to additional information:
>
> Nowak et al. (Nature paper):
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> http://www.nature.com.proxy.libraries.rutgers.edu/nature/journal/v466/n7310/full/nature09205.html 
>
>
> New York Times article by Carl Zimmer:
>
> http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/31/science/31social.html?emc=eta1
>
> Jerry Coyne's response:
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> http://whyevolutionistrue.wordpress.com/2010/08/30/a-misguided-attack-on-kin-selection/ 
>
>
> Richard Dawkins response:
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> http://richarddawkins.net/articles/508102-a-misguided-attack-on-kin-selection 
>
>
> A blogpost on the Ecographica blog outlining criticism:
>
> http://ecographica.blogspot.com/2010/08/why-eo-wilsons-latest-eusociality-paper.html 
>
>

-- 
Dr. Lena Struwe
Associate Professor&  Director, Chrysler Herbarium
Dept of Ecology, Evolution,&  Natural Resources
Dept of Plant Biology and Pathology
237 Foran Hall, 59 Dudley Road
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA



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