The Natural Science Seminar Series begins Friday, January 24th, with a seminar by renowned herpetologist Dr. Kate Jackson. Dr. Jackson's seminar entitled "Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science and Survival in the Congo" will begin at 4PM in Science, room 147 (refreshments will be available before
the seminar). The Natural Science Seminar Series is hosted by CWU’s department of Biological Sciences and College
of the Sciences.
Here is a brief summary of Dr. Jackson:
Not long after earning a PhD from Harvard University in 2002, Dr. Kate Jackson ventured into the remote swamp forests of the northern Congo to collect reptiles and amphibians. Her adventures and discoveries are chronicled in her highly-acclaimed first book Mean and Lowly Things: Snakes, Science, and Survival in the Congo.
Dr. Jackson has traveled the world and worked in labs and museums puzzling over such questions as how venomous snakes evolved. In addition to her first book, and many publications in scientific journals, Dr. Jackson has authored "Katie of the Sonoran Desert, a children's book about radio-tracking rattlesnakes. Currently she is working with Jean-Philippe Chippaux on a specialized and in-depth book about Central and Western African snakes.
Dr. Jackson is now Assistant Professor of Biology at Whitman College in Walla Walla and is the recipient of the 2011 Women of Discovery Award for Courage WINGS WorldQuest, an organization dedicated to recognizing and supporting visionary women advancing scientific inquiry and environmental conservation.
Please feel free to share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested in a fascinating presentation by an inspiring scientist. Everyone is welcome!
Visitor parking permits are available to community members who would like to attend. Please contact the Biology Office at 963-2731 by 12:00 on the day of the seminar to make arrangements.
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