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Meet Bailey Harris, 13-year old author of science books for children
December 5, 2019

13-year old Bailey Harris is an author, speaker, and advocate for freethought and human rights. She is the author of the Stardust series of science books for young readers. Bailey is on a mission to inspire a love of science and a sense of wonder about the universe as she works towards acceptance of scientific …

Everything You Know About Gender/Sex is Wrong
October 15, 2019

In debunking the gender binary, Dr. Hafer starts by talking about how sex evolved in the first place, and then talks about sex and gender in the zoological realm, and the vast array of relationship and reproductive arrangements to be found in nature. Dr. Hafer has a doctorate in zoology from Oxford University, and teaches …

Unnatural Selection with author Katrina van Grouw
June 2, 2019

When Charles Darwin contemplated how best to introduce his controversial new theory of evolution to the general public, he chose to compare it with the selective breeding of domesticated animals. In her new book, Unnatural Selection, marking the 150th anniversary year of Darwin’s great work on domesticated animals Variation under Domestication, author and illustrator Katrina …

Let’s Talk Climate on Earth Day
April 24, 2019

Climate change… We hear about it, but it can be complicated, overwhelming, alarming and sometimes divisive. This Earth Month, join Blair Lee, author of The Science of Climate Change: A Hands-On Course & trained Climate Reality Leader will share basic information about the science and answer questions such as: “Is it really happening?” “How do …

Meet a Living Fossil, with Dr. Scott Thomson
April 24, 2019

Scott Thomson, the Curator of the Chelonian Research Institute in Florida,  will present on his work over the last 25 years on the evolution of the side necked turtles from South America and Australia. Including the discovery of the living fossil Elseya lavarackorum or Gulf Snapping Turtle. This species was described as a fossil from …

Bugatti & the Brain: The Cognitive Science Underlying Game Design with Dr. Lindsay Portnoy
April 24, 2019

What travels faster than a Bugatti and carries over 1,000 trillion passengers from a single drivers seat? The three pound mass between your ears is home to billions of neurons whose signals travel over 270 miles per hour to send messages, otherwise known as thought. Making up only 2% of the human body the brain …

Back by Popular Demand-Meeting Homo naledi: Understanding our newest human relative
April 24, 2019

Master Teacher John Mead will share how 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 …

Dr. Jones, The Evolution of Human Skin Color
December 10, 2018

Genomic technologies have recently led to a dramatic increase in our understanding of relationships among early members of our species. With access to genetic markers that distinguish different populations, we have been able to reconstruct a much more accurate picture of migration out of Africa and the various paths our ancestors took on the way …

TIES Webinar: Jonathan Tweet, author of Grandmother Fish
August 13, 2018

Grandmother Fish is the first book to teach evolution to preschoolers, and School Library Journal calls it “groundbreaking.” The book engages young people by getting them to mimic the actions and sounds of our ancestors. They wiggle like Grandmother Fish and hoot like Grandmother Ape. The book is for ages 3–6, but teachers have also …

Maddening Evolution Misconceptions with Stephanie Keep
August 1, 2018

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 …

A Taste for the Beautiful
August 1, 2018

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 …

This is Your Brain On Parasites
August 1, 2018

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. …

Meeting Naledi- Part 1
August 1, 2018

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 …

Meeting Naledi- Part 2
August 1, 2018

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 …

Richard Dawkins Answers your Students’ Questions
April 1, 2018

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