Public Science Lectures
Free and Open to the Public!

There are two different public science lectures: one on February 8th and one on February 9th.


Thursday, February 8, 2018
6pm-7pm


Dr. Joshua Banta
Associate Professor of Biology, University of Texas at Tyler

Dr. Banta studies the genetics and evolution of rare plants and animals, and also works on evolutionary theory. He has been co-organizing citywide Darwin Day events in Tyler, Texas since 2014.

Title: When Neanderthals, Hobbits, and Our Ancestors Shared ‘Middle Earth'

Location: Tyler Junior College, Rogers Student Center, Apache Rooms, 1411 E. Lake St., Tyler, TX 75701


Keynote Lecture
Friday, February 9, 2018
6pm-7pm

Reception with keynote speaker from 5-6pm, with free food and beverages.

Dr. Sarah Tishkoff
David and Lyn Silfen Professor, Department of Genetics and Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Tishkuff studies the genetic history of African populations. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a recipient of an NIH Pioneer Award, a David and Lucile Packard Career Award, a Burroughs/Welcome Fund Career Award, and a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) endowed chair. She is a member of the board of directors of the American Society of Human Genetics.

Title: Human Evolutionary History Inferred from Genomic Data

Location: University of Texas at Tyler University Theater, 3900 University Blvd., Tyler, TX  75799