Wednesday, July 04, 2007

I am stunned by the fact that our alma mater, Willamette University, has managed to snag Edward O. Wilson to come to campus for the biology department's centennial celebration in September. If you live in Oregon, Washington, or Northern California and have an interest in biology, this is the lecture of a lifetime. I think they're still working out the details, but some information can be found on their website.

And while you're at it, you should check out the website of the crazy professor.

Oh, I just realized that you many not be familiar with Edward O. Wilson. Here is a tidbit from Wikipedia:

Edward Osborne Wilson (born June 10, 1929) is an American biologist (Myrmecology, a branch of entomology), researcher (sociobiology, biodiversity), theorist (consilience, biophilia), and naturalist (conservationism).

Wilson is known for his career as a scientist, his advocacy for environmentalism, and his scientific humanist ideas concerned with religious, moral, and ethical matters.[1] As of 2007, he was the Pellegrino Research Professor in Entomology for the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University and a Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. He is a Humanist Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.

Sonja here: In a nutshell, Edward Wilson is probably one of the most well-known and most respected biologists alive today. His books, while certainly biologically and environmentally oriented, are fun and interesting reads.

The full article can be found here.