Category: TIES Webinars

A Conversation with Richard Dawkins

A Conversation with Richard Dawkins

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) hosted a special webinar with evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins and Director of TIES Bertha Vazquez.

Webinar date: 4/1/2018

America’s Ongoing Problem with Evolution

Everyone knows that the United States is not among the top tier… or even middle tier when it comes to understanding and accepting evolution. But why? This talk will briefly explore the “how did we get here?” of evolution acceptance in the United States, before zooming in on one of the most maddening causes (and effects) of poor evolution literacy: misconceptions. Misconceptions about evolution are abundant and pervasive. From thinking individuals evolve, to believing evolution proceeds linearly toward human “perfection,” misconceptions cloud a student’s understanding of biology’s unifying topic, and make it difficult to assess mastery. We will highlight a few common evolution misconceptions and discuss strategies for identifying and—crucially—correcting them.

A Taste for the Beautiful

Learn about sexual selection, mate choice, and animal communication – just in time for Valentine’s Day! Dr. Ryan will discuss the astonishing story of how the female brain drives the evolution of beauty in animals and humans. Michael Ryan will also discuss his new book! Vividly written and filled with fascinating stories, “A Taste for the Beautiful” will change how you think about beauty and attraction.

This is Your Brain On Parasites

A riveting investigation of the myriad ways that parasites control how other creatures—including humans—think, feel, and act. These tiny organisms can only live inside another animal, and as Kathleen McAuliffe reveals, they have many evolutionary motives for manipulating their host’s behavior. Far more often than appreciated, these puppeteers orchestrate the interplay between predator and prey. With astonishing precision, parasites can coax rats to approach cats, spiders to transform the patterns of their webs, and fish to draw the attention of birds that then swoop down to feast on them.

Meeting Naledi- Part 1

In September of 2013 dedicated amateur cavers in South Africa exploring beyond the edges of the well-known Rising Star Cave came across a collection of human looking bones. Over the following months, a remarkable team building effort led to the discovery of the richest early human fossil site on the African continent and the naming of a new species – Homo naledi. In the first of a two part webinar series, TIES teacher John Mead will share his experience getting to know and work with the team and detailing the once in a lifetime experience of how these new fossils were recovered and studied. If you do not know about the greatest human fossil discovery since Lucy, then please join us for John’s presentation. Part Two of this Webinar will focus on how this discovery can impact the study of human evolution in science classrooms.

Meeting Naledi- Part 2

In September of 2013 dedicated amateur cavers in South Africa exploring beyond the edges of the well-known Rising Star Cave came across a collection of human looking bones. Over the following months, a remarkable team building effort led to the discovery of the richest early human fossil site on the African continent and the naming of a new species – Homo naledi. In the first of a two part webinar series, TIES teacher John Mead will share his experience getting to know and work with the team and detailing the once in a lifetime experience of how these new fossils were recovered and studied. If you do not know about the greatest human fossil discovery since Lucy, then please join us for John’s presentation. Part Two of this Webinar will focus on how this discovery can impact the study of human evolution in science classrooms.