November 2, 2016

Palomar College Departments of Behavioral Sciences supported by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) II funds

Exploring Darwin Conference – a series of talks by scientists, researchers, writers, faculty and faculty emeriti from Palomar College, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State San Marcos, University of San Diego, the Salk Institute and the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropology (CARTA).

Tuesday, November 8, 9:35 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4, 9:35 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

See Schedule of Speakers on following page

Palomar College, Howard Brubeck Theatre
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069
This lecture series is designed to illustrate how Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection applies to a wide range of disciplines in both the natural and social sciences, and to inform students about current research in various fields.

Who is invited:
Everyone – Palomar College students, faculty and staff, and community members. Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes or provide extra credit assignments for attending students.  Sign-in sheets will keep track of attending students. Attendance is limited to the capacity of each room. Palomar College students will be given first priority.


Members of the community may  park for free in any white spaces in Lots 1 and 2 until 4 p.m.  Payment is required for metered spaces designated as visitor parking.

Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences;, 770-744-1150, ext. 2343


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Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365,
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152,
Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences,, 770-744-1150, ext. 2343

(Schedule of Speakers follows this page)



Exploring Darwin

Tuesday and Wednesday, November 8 & 9, 2016

9:35 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Talks will begin at 9:35 a.m., 11:10 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. each day

Howard Brubeck Theatre

Schedule of Speakers


Tuesday, November 8th

9:35     SARA LINKER, Salk Institute

Studying Primate Evolution in a Dish:  an Exploration into Neuronal Diversity  


11:10   PASCAL GAGNEUX, UCSD.  Associate Professor of Pathology; Associate Director, Division of Comparative Pathology and Medicine; Associate Director, Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)

What Genetic Changes made us Human? The Paradoxical Ape


12:45   PATRICK DURKEE, Cal State Fullerton

The Ancestral Importance of Male Formidability and its Potential Impact on Modern Social Behavior


2:20     PHILIP DE BARROS, Professor of Anthropology, Palomar College

“The Ghost in your Genes” (BBC Productions) and the Science of Epigenetics


Wednesday, November 9th


9:35     PHILIP DE BARROS, Professor of Anthropology, Palomar College

What is Natural Selection and How Does it Work?


11:10   JENNIFER PARKINSON, Assistant Professor, University of San Diego

Diet and Evolution in our Earliest Human Ancestors: the Impact of Meat Eating in Hominin Evolution


12:45   ERIN LANE, Adjunct Professor, Palomar College; Supervisor of Maternal Behavior
Neuroendocrinology Lab, Cal State San Marcos

What is Sexual Selection?


2:20     KARI HANSON, UCSD, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Institute for Neural Computation, CARTA.

The Evolving Human Brain:  Insights from Comparative Studies and Neurodiversity



Event Contact:

Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences,, 760-744-1150, ext. 2343