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November 15, 2018 Hefner Lecture – “How to Tame a Fox (and Make a Dog)”


Join us November 15 at 7pm on Miami’s Oxford Campus in the Benton Hall Auditorium (room 102).  The lecture and following reception and book signing are free and open to the public of all ages. 

This year’s Hefner Lecture will feature Dr. Lee Dugatkin, evolutionary biologist, behavior ecologist, and historian of Science, He is a Professor and University Scholar, in the Department of Biology at the University of Louisville and is a highly sought-after public speaker.  His primary areas of research–the evolution of social behavior and the history of science—are brought together in a fascinating way in the award-winning book “How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog):  visionary scientists and a Siberian tale of jump-started evolution.”

This book, co-written with Russian geneticist Lyudmila Trut, has won the American Association for the Advancement of Science “Excellence in Science Books” award.  It documents the far-sighted work initiated nearly 70 years ago by Dmitry Belyayev to breed foxes for tameness.  The results of this traditional selective breeding program, coupled with analysis through modern molecular techniques has given us important insights into the process and mechanisms of domestication.  Put another way, we are learning why dogs are so cute and cuddly and bond well to humans.  Dr. Dugatkin’s presentation is sure to be of interest to people of all ages, including those who love science, history, a good story, and puppies!

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