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Introducing “Race, It’s Not A Thing” A lesson on Genetics and Natural Selection
July 29, 2020

TIES Teacher Bonnie Nieves will introduce her unit, “Race, It’s Not A Thing.” This unit will incorporate prior knowledge of DNA and genetics to teach complex themes in genetics including: dihybrid crosses, polygenic inheritance and multiple alleles, types of DNA mutations including substitution, deletion, insertion, frameshift and their consequences. Students will compare types of mutations …

One Under the Sun: The Biology of Human Skin Color
July 27, 2020

Dr. Leslie S Jones of Valdosta State University will present the evidence that the different shades of human skin color—from light pink to dark brown—are evolutionary adaptations to the varying intensity of ultraviolet radiation in different parts of the world. Topics such as types of selection, the bottleneck effect, and the founder’s effect will be …

Teaching Biology with Social Justice in Mind
July 23, 2020

In many situations, separation of the influence of nature and nurture is difficult, if not impossible. However, this is not the case with respect to the division of humans into racial categories. Skin color, which has always been the primary marker of human difference, is now understood to be the product of natural selection under …

Unearthing our Newest Human Relative
July 23, 2020

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 …

The Evolution of the Coronavirus
July 16, 2020

Where did the coronavirus come from? How did it evolve? Join Dr. Mark Reimers for a 20-minute explanation of the virus’ history plus a Q & A session where he will answer your questions. Dr. Reimers is a computational biologist at Michigan State University.  He has been a bioinformatician and biostatistician at the Karolinska Institute …

Introducing Go Extinct! A new science game for ages 8 and up.
May 26, 2020

Join us as we speak with Ariel E Marcy, PhD Candidate in Evolutionary Biology at The University of Queensland and Educational Game Designer along with Bailey Harris. 14-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 …

The new guy in town: mate preference and male polymorphism in the Trinidadian guppy.
May 14, 2020

The diversity of the life on this planet is breathtaking. Understanding how genetic diversity persists, especially in traits under strong natural selection, has been a long-standing question in evolutionary biology. One process that can maintain variation is negative frequency dependent selection, which is a type of selection where there is a fitness advantage for rare …

Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You
May 12, 2020

“Dr. Wynne has a dog named Xephos that he loves very much; he’s also the founding director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University. Since he loves dogs, and loves researching dogs, he decided to write a book about Animal Behavior Science, with a dash of Evolutionary Biology, as it pertains to dogs, …

The Never-ending Story: Florida’s Love/Hate Relationship with Science Education
May 7, 2020

BRANDON HAUGHT SCIENCE TEACHER, AUTHOR, SPOKESPERSON AND CO-FOUNDER OF FLORIDA CITIZENS FOR SCIENCE Brandon is a former Marine Corps combat correspondent and former public information officer for the Volusia County Sheriff’s office. He is currently a Volusia County high school science teacher He authored Going Ape: Florida’s Battles over Evolution in the Classroom. and, in his …

Human Errors: A Panorama of Our Glitches, from Pointless Bones to Broken Genes
May 5, 2020

We humans like to think of ourselves as highly evolved creatures. But if we are supposedly evolution’s greatest creation, why do we have such bad knees? Why do we catch head colds so often—two hundred times more often than a dog does? How come our wrists have so many useless bones? Why is the vast …

A Crash Course in Human Evolution
April 28, 2020

Join Molly Selba, a PhD Candidate at the University of Florida, as she guides us through the most important moments in our species’ evolution. Molly is a graduate student in the Anthropology Department at UF and is the recipient of the O. Ruth McQuown Scholarship and Graduate School Fellowship. Her research focuses on how cranial …

The Evolution of the Human Brain Part 2
April 9, 2020

In this session of the Evolution of the Human Brain, Dr. Mark Reimers discusses some of the recent changes in the human genes related to IQ, empathy, Alzheimer’s, and ADD.

The Evolution of the Human Brain Part 1
April 7, 2020

Our human mind and consciousness have evolved from an ape mind over the past six million years. How have our brains, and genes, changed to bring this about? We are very similar to apes in some ways, in which scientists previously thought humans were unique, but quite different in other ways, which scientists had not …

The Evolution of the Coronavirus
March 31, 2020

Where did the coronavirus come from? How did it evolve? Join Dr. Mark Reimers for a 20-minute explanation of the virus’ history plus a Q & A session where he will answer your questions. Dr. Reimers is a computational biologist at Michigan State University.  He has been a bioinformatician and biostatistician at the Karolinska Institute …

Carnivorous Plants… as presented by a vegetarian!
March 10, 2020

Learn carnivorous plant care and their history-presented by a vegetarian! Join Kenny Coogan, TIES associate, as he shares the predatory qualities of these spectacular plants. Kenny Coogan is a science and agriculture teacher in Tampa, FL.  He also is a food, farm, and flower columnist for multiple magazines and has published over 400 articles. Coogan …

Darwin’s Rival: Alfred Russel Wallace and the Search for Evolution
February 23, 2020

Follow Victorian naturalist and explorer Alfred Russel Wallace on his epic journeys around the globe and find out how he discovered the theory of evolution by natural selection, independently of Charles Darwin. ‘Darwin’s Rival’ traces Wallace’s life from his childhood in the Welsh countryside to becoming one of the world’s most famous scientists, via dense …

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