Attached you will find the schedule for our Winter Natural Science
Seminar series, which begins next 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
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. On Friday, January 24th,
she will be in Ellensburg to talk about her work in a Natural Science
Seminar hosted by CWU’s department of Biological Sciences and College
of the Sciences.
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
Please feel free to post the attached announcements and share them with
anyone you think might be interested in a fascinating presentation by an
inspiring scientist. Everyone is welcome.
With good wishes,