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Kyoto Prize winners present at biology symposium

Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 4 p.m. · McCosh Hall, Room 50

Winners of the Kyoto Prize will present an overview of their work on Tuesday, April 27, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in McCosh Hall, Room 50. The event is free and open to the public.

The symposium, titled "Evolution, Ethics and Environment: Biological Perspectives on Achieving a Sustainable Future," is sponsored by the Princeton University Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. It is meant to honor the Inamori Foundation of Japan and several winners of the Kyoto Prize, a major international distinction.

Princeton scientists Peter and Rosemary Grant, winners of the 2009 Kyoto Prize for their pioneering work in evolutionary biology, will speak on "The Legacy of Darwin: The Relevance of Evolutionary Studies to Conservation of Biodiversity." Princeton Professor Simon Levin, who won the award five years ago, will also give a talk, titled "Cultural Evolution and Social Norms: Problems of Equity." Daniel Janzen, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and another Kyoto laureate, will lecture on "Tropical Biodiversity: Micro-knowing It for Its Survival as a Global Resource."

Daniel Rubenstein, chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Toyomi Inamori, senior managing director of the Inamori Foundation, will introduce the speakers.

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