Exploring Darwin Conference Set for November 3-4


October 23, 2015

Palomar College Departments of Behavioral Sciences supported by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) II funds

Exploring Darwin Conference – a series of talks by scientists, researchers, writers, faculty and faculty emeriti from Palomar College, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State San Marcos and UCSD.

Tuesday, November 3, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 4, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

See Schedule of Speakers below

Where:Palomar College
Howard Brubeck Theatre
1140 West Mission Road, San Marcos 92069

This lecture series is designed to illustrate how Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection applies to a wide range of disciplines in both the natural and social sciences, and to inform students about current research in various fields.

Who is invited:
Everyone – Palomar College students, faculty and staff, and community members.  Attendance
is limited to the capacity of each room.  Palomar College students will be given first priority.


Parking with permit is available in Lots 1 and 2. Community members should obtain a parking permit from the Palomar College Police Department. Faculty and staff permits from other colleges will be honored.

Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences; pdebarros@palomar.edu, 770-744-1150, ext. 2343


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Schedule of Speakers

Exploring Darwin
Tuesday and Wednesday, November 3 & 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Talks will begin at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. each day
Howard Brubeck Theatre (260 Seats)

Tuesday, November 3

9:30 a.m.       CHRISTOPHER WILLS, Div. of Biological Sciences, UCSD;
author of The Runaway Brain
          Expanding the Reach of Evolution: Enhancing Brain Development  

11:00 a.m.     AJIT VARKI, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, UCSD; Co-Director, Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)
Co-Author of Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origin of the Human Mind

Mind over Reality Theory: A New Explanation for Unusual Features
of Human Evolution

Follow this link to view Ajit Varki’s abstract:

12:30 p.m.     NANCY CAINE, Professor of Psychology, California State University
at San Marcos; Secretary General, International Primatological Society

Seeing Snakes

2:00 p.m.       KATERINA SEMENDEFERI, Professor, Departments of Anthropology & Graduate Program in Neurosciences, UCSD

          The Human Brain after the Split from the Last Common Ancestor

Wednesday, November 4

9:30 a.m.       PHILIP DE BARROS, Professor of Anthropology, Palomar College

Is the Earth only 10,000 years old? Radiocarbon Dating Demystified

11:00 a.m.     JAMES ZERBE, California State University at Fullerton

Coalitional Aggression and Cooperation in a Village from
Amazonian Ecuador

12:30 p.m.     JESSICA AYERS, California State University at Fullerton

Women’s Intrasexual Competition: Coordinated Response
or Direct Threat?

2:00 p.m.       THERESA C. VAZQUEZ, Adjunct Professor of Psychology, California State University at San Marcos

Neural Plasticity as an Evolved Trait: Hardwired to Learn

 Faculty members are encouraged to bring their classes or provide extra credit assignments for attending students.  Sign-in sheets will keep track of attending students.

Event Contacts:

Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences, pdebarros@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 2343
Naomi Lowe, Behavioral Sciences, nlowe@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 5058

Media Contacts:

Melinda Finn, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365, mfinn@palomar.edu
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152, lgropen@palomar.edu
Philip de Barros, Behavioral Sciences,  pdebarros@palomar.edu, 770-744-1150, ext. 2343
Naomi Lowe, Behavioral Sciences, nlowe@palomar.edu, 760-744-1150, ext. 5058