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The University Press of Florida recently published Darwin's Man in Brazil: The Evolving Sciences of Fritz Müller, written by the late Associate Professor Emeritus David West.
There will be an official launch of the book on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. in the Fralin Auditorium (note time change!). The event will include a panel discussion with the team that prepared the book, reception, book sales, and signing.
We hope that you will be able to join us for this celebratory event!
|From the book website: "Fritz Müller (1821-1897), though not as well known as his colleague Charles Darwin, belongs in the cohort of great nineteenth-century naturalists. In Darwin's Man in Brazil, David A. West recovers Müller's legacy. He describes the close intellectual kinship between Müller and Darwin, detailing a lively correspondence spanning seventeen years, in which the two men often discussed new research topics and exchanged ideas. Darwin frequently praised Müller's powers of observation and interpretation, counting him among those scientists whose opinion he valued most."|
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Thursday, September 15, 2016: EEB Seminar by Mike Sears of Clemson University, entitled, "Moving from micro to macro: scaling interactions between organisms and microclimates to predict species ranges," 3:30 p.m., New Classroom Building Room 160
Thursday, September 15, 2016: "Conversation, Education, & Public Awareness: Chasing the Dragon" Opiate addition destroys the lives of families and communities; join us for this opioid prevention event to be held at the Grandin Theatre in Roanoke. There will be a showing of the film, "Chasing the Dragon," followed by a panel discussion. 7:15 p.m., 1310 Grandin Rd. SW, Roanoke, VA.
Friday, September 16, 2016: VTLS Seminar by David Fushman of U. of Maryland, entitled " Cracking the 'ubiquitin code': The evolving picture of the structure and molecular recognition of polyubiquitin signals," 12:20 p.m., Fralin Auditorium
Friday, September 16, 2016: Seminar by M. Louise Markert of Duke University, entitled, "Thymus Transplantation," 1:00 p.m., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Center
March 14, 2016: Cayelan Carey named VT Scholar of the Week
February 18, 2016: SEEDS named Non-Profit Member of the Month by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.
February 10, 2016: VTCRI scientists find brain plasticity assorted into functional networks
December 3, 2015: Scientists: Parasite may alter signaling in the brain
November 30, 2015: College of Science inducts six into Hall of Distinction
November 25, 2015: Global change doctoral fellows explore environmental policy on Capitol Hill
October 30, 2015: Timing is everything in cell processes, VBI researchers say
October 22, 2015: Award from NSF may help researchers better understand circadian rhythms