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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 3:30 p.m. in the Fralin Auditorium. 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, August 25, 2016: EEB Seminar by Jeb Barrett, entitled, "Response of soil biodiversity to environmental change," 3:30 p.m., Derring 3083
Friday, August 26, 2016: VTLS Seminar by Christine Merlin of Texas A&M, entitled, "The monarch butterfly circadian clock: from clock mechanisms to control of seasonal migration," 12:20 p.m., BI Conference Center
Thursday, September 1, 2016: VTCRI Seminar by Freddie Fu of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, entitled, "Individualized Anatomical ACL Resconstruction - A Changing Paradigm," 5:30 p.m., Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute
Friday, September 2, 2016: VTLS Seminar by Dan Wall of the University of Wyoming, entitled, "Using metacommunity theory to explain biodiversity and community across scales," 3:30 p.m., Derring 3083
Monday, September 5, 2016: Labor Day. No classes, university offices closed.
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