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DATE: March 5, 2009 12:06:21 PM PST
WWU's Science and the UniverCity Series to present 'Evolutionary Lessons From the Perverse Life of Insects' March 10

Contact: Merrill Peterson, WWU professor of Biology, (360) 650-3636, or e-mail merrill.peterson@wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM - Western Washington University Professor Merrill Peterson  will present "Evolutionary Lessons From the Perverse Life of Insects" from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, at the Bellingham City Council chambers, second floor, Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie St.

Peterson's talk will explore why males and females of a species often look and act differently from one another, and how our understanding of the evolution of those differences has changed since the early ruminations of Darwin.  Focusing on studies from the insect world that have helped shape this evolutionary theory, the talk will at the same time provide insights into our own behavior.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is offered as the second event of the annual Science and the UniverCity community science lecture series. It is sponsored by the WWU College of Sciences and Technology, the City of Bellingham, and, along with the other CST outreach programs, 'Wizards at Western" and the "Leaders in Their Fields," is also sponsored in part by a grant from the Cherry Point BP refinery. 

"We are pleased again this year to have the support of the City in our efforts to bring programs on important topics in science and technology to the Bellingham community.  Furthermore, to have endorsement of our efforts, in the form of support for this series by the BP Corporation, is especially gratifying," said Arlan Norman, dean of the College of Sciences and Technology.  "This is a program for the community, a program that we hope really contributes to the general understanding of many important and exciting topics in today's complex world of scientific and technological advances."

Peterson's presentation will also be taped and rebroadcast on Bellingham BTV 10.

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