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Center for Biology and Society Conversation Series

The goal of each conversation is to present a contemporary issue of common interest in a way that is accessible to a cross-disciplinary audience and then show how to advance it from the point of view of one or more disciplines. Having scholars from different disciplines engage with each other in discussion is very exciting. 
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2020-2021 Conversation Series With Videos

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2019-2020 Conversation Series With Videos

  2019 Fall Conversation Series Flyer

Charles Kazilek, Karla Moeller, Carolina Abboud and Dina Ziganshina
Taking Research To Classrooms and the General Public: Ask A Biologist and the Embryo Project
Wednesday, September 25
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Christy Spackman and Anna Guerrero
Disrupting Lab Work
Wednesday, October 30
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Carla Nappi and Paige Madison
Being Outside of Traditional Scholarship Boxes
Wednesday, November 20

Kate MacCord and B. Duygu Özpolat
History and Philosophy and Germ Line
Wednesday, January 22
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Françoise Baylis, Benjamin Hurlbut and Sanghamitra Das
Altered Inheritance: CRISPR and the Ethics of Human Genome Editing - a book discussion
Wednesday, February 5
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Cancelled Charles Perrings, Billie Turner and Tong Wu
Science and the Scale of Environmental Governance
Wednesday, April 15

2018-2019 Conversation Series With Videos

2018-2019 Conversation Series Flyer


Jane Maienschein and Carolina Abboud
Raising the Bar for Embryos in the Law
Wednesday, September 12
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Sara Brownell and Logan Gin
Inclusive and Elite: Can they co-exist in higher education?
Wednesday, October 17
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Stephen J. Pyne
Scholar on Fire, Soul on Ice
Wednesday, November 14
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2019 Conversation Series Flyer

The 2019 spring semester Conversation Series is co-sponsored with the Life Science Ethics program to bring a special theme: Organizing for Biodiversity Conservation in the Age of Extinction. 

Leah Gerber, Elliott Millinor, Greg Kaebnick
Organizing concepts in biodiversity conservation
Wednesday, January 30
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Cancelled Sharon Hall, Michelle Sullivan, Jorge Ramos
Organizing professionals for conservation
Wednesday, February 20


Beckett Sterner, Michael Schoon, Michelle Sullivan
Organizing stakeholder collaborations in biodiversity conservation
Wednesday, March 27
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Ben Minteer, Jonathan Losos, Ryan Davila
Organizing institutions for effective biodiversity protection
Wednesday, April 10
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2017-2018 Conversation Series With Videos

  2018 Spring Conversation Series Flyer

   2017 Fall Conversation Series Flyer


Matthew Chew, Carolina Abboud, Sean Cohmer
On the Invasion of Species and other Undead Metaphors in Biology
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Nico Franz, Kelle Dhein
The limits of synthesis for integrative biology
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Jessica Bolker, Beckett Sterner, Sean Cohmer
Animal models in translational research: Rosetta Stone or stumbling block? 

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Tyler DesRoches, Charles Perrings, Ashley Cahmi
Are there any ecological conditions that ae essential to sustainability?

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Ann Kinzig, Liz Barnes
What is the role of university in solving society's problems
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Zachary Horne, Beckett Sterner, Jonathan LaTourelle
The influence of cognitive biases on scientific explanation

2016-2017 Conversation Series With Videos

  2016-2017 Conversation Series Flyer

Manfred Laubichler, Ken Aiello, Deryc Painter
How Does Something Genuinely New Emerge in Evolution and History?
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Stephen J. Pyne, Charllie Facemire
ca's Great Cultural Revolution on Fire
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Karin Ellison, Charllie Facemire, JJ LaTourelle, Michelle Sullivan
How Can We Infuse Ethics into the School of Life Sciences?

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Susan Fitzpatrick, Kate MacCord
Make the Peaks Higher
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Ben J. Hurlbut, Christian Ross
Gene Editing, Bioethics, and Emerging Challenges of Governance
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Ben Minteer, Mark Klett
Wild Visions: Imaging and Imagining the American Wilderness
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