Geneticist Spencer Wells explores the human genome
Date of Event: September 8, 2011
Posted: September 2, 2011
GRANVILLE, Ohio— Geneticist, anthropologist and author Spencer Wells will provide the opening convocation for Denison University’s campus-wide theme for 2011-2012, “Migrations.” Wells, the director of the Genographic Project and the Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor at Cornell University, will deliver a lecture titled “Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project,” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). The lecture, sponsored by the Spectrum Series, the Ronneberg Lecture Series, the Office of First-Year Programs and the Office of the President, is free and open to the public.
Wells will discuss the migration patterns of human DNA across the world over the last 60,000 years. Over the years, small genetic changes in human DNA add up to a visible history of human migrations through time. Wells will explain how each individual’s DNA contributes another piece to our knowledge of human history.
The “Migrations” campus theme will investigate the movement throughout history of humans and animals and also the transfer of culture by economic, social, geographic and political forces.
CALENDAR LISTING: Denison University, Granville—Lecture: “Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project” by author and geneticist Spencer Wells at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 8, in Swasey Chapel (200 Chapel Drive). Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Marlaine Browning at 740-587-6206 or visit www.denison.edu.
Denison University, founded in 1831, is an independent, residential liberal arts institution located in Granville, Ohio. A highly selective college enrolling 2,100 full-time undergraduate students from all 50 states and dozens of foreign countries, Denison is a place where innovative faculty and motivated students collaborate in rigorous scholarship, civic engagement and the cultivation of independent thinking.
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