WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 4 p.m.
WHERE: Hansen Auditorium, Beadle Center Room E103, 19th & Vine Streets
Lincoln, Neb., Oct. 27, 2003 -- Alexandra L. Basolo, associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Arts and Sciences, will give a talk titled "Tropical Fish Tales: Investigating Sexually Selected Traits at Multiple Levels," on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. in Hansen Auditorium (Room E103) of the Beadle Center, 19th and Vine streets.
The talk describes her award-winning research and is aimed toward an academic audience of scientists and scholars, as well as students in the life sciences. It is free and open to the public.
Research in the biological sciences addresses both proximate mechanisms and ultimate causation. Proximate mechanisms include the underlying genetic, physiological and environmental determinants of trait development. Ultimate causation considers the evolutionary history as well as the fitness consequences of traits. Laboratory and field studies on poeciliid fish illustrate how these approaches can be integrated to produce a more complete understanding of living systems.
In spring 2003, Basolo won the Young Investigator Award from Sigma Xi, the scientific research society. Basolo is the sixth recipient of this national award. The award includes an honorarium of $5,000 and will be presented at Sigma Xi's national meeting in Los Angeles in November. Basolo's talk at UNL will be the same as the award lecture she will present at the Sigma Xi national meeting.
Basolo earned her M.A. in marine biology at San Francisco State University and her Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Texas at Austin. Following a postdoctoral appointment at the University of California at Santa Barbara, she joined the faculty at UNL in 1994. Basolo's talk is the second in a series of lectures about science and science issues sponsored by the UNL Chapter of Sigma Xi. Basolo's lecture is co-sponsored by the School of Biological Sciences.
For more information about this and future talks, contact Anthony Starace, Holmes university professor of physics and astronomy and president of the UNL Chapter of Sigma Xi (below).
CONTACT: Anthony Starace, Holmes University Professor, Physics & Astronomy, (402) 472-2795
Posted by Tom Simons, Office of University Communications
Phone: (402) 472-8514, Fax: (402) 472-7825