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NIMBioS/DySoC Seminar and Webinar Series

Species montage. In conjunction with the interdisciplinary activities of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), a seminar series on topics in mathematical biology will be hosted at NIMBioS every other Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. (eastern) unless otherwise noted. Seminar speakers will focus on their research initiatives at the interface of mathematics and many areas of the life sciences.

NIMBioS and the Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity (DySoC) host a series of seminars on topics related to social complexity. DySoC/NIMBioS Webinars on Cultural Evolution are weekly on Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

Location (unless otherwise noted): Hallam Auditorium, Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd. Light refreshments will be served in Room 206 beginning 30 minutes before each talk (with the exception of SAL lunch-time seminars). Faculty and students from across the UT community are welcome to join us. The schedule will be supplemented as additional speakers are added.

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Archived Seminar Calendars:   2020   2019   2018   2017   2016   2015   2014   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009

Date Speaker Topic
Due to the evolving coronavirus situation, NIMBioS activities through February 28 are expected to be virtual, with limited exceptions.  Read more ».
  2020 DySoC/NIMBioS Webinars on Cultural Evolution
Sep 29
11:45 a.m.
Peter J. Richerson (Univ. of California, Davis). Video icon. Outreach for the Cultural Evolution Society: Everybody needs to know a little bit about cultural evolution
Oct 6
11:45 a.m.
Paul E. Smaldino (Cognitive and Information Sciences, Univ. of California, Merced) Video icon. How to teach modeling, or Thoughts on a pedagogy for cultural evolution
Oct 13
11:45 a.m.
Andy Whiten (Univ. of St Andrews, UK) Video icon. Animal cultures: Core discoveries and new horizons
Oct 20
11:45 a.m.
Joseph Stubbersfield (Psychology, Heriot-Watt Univ., Edinburgh, UK) Video icon. Cognitive biases in folklore: From fairy tales to fake news
Oct 27
11:45 a.m.
Adrian Viliami Bell (Anthropology, Univ. of Utah) Video icon. Cultural evolution in the field
Nov 3
11:45 a.m.
Bernard Koch (Sociology, Univ. of California, Los Angeles) and Erik Gjesfjeld (Archaeology, University of Cambridge, UK) Video icon. Modeling the dynamics of cultural diversification
Nov 10
11:45 a.m.
Peter Turchin (Complexity Science Hub Vienna and Univ. of Connecticut). Video icon. Cultural macroevolution: Understanding the rise of large-scale complex societies in human history
Nov 17
11:45 a.m.
Ruth Mace (Evolutionary Anthropology, University College London). Video icon. The behavioural ecology of religious beliefs and practices
Nov 24
11:45 a.m.
Patricia Izar (Experimental Psychology, Animal Behavior, Univ. of Sao Paulo, Brazil) Video icon. The impact of a tradition on the life of capuchin monkeys
2020 Seminars
  January 2020
Jan 14
Tue 3:30
Simon Carrignon, DySoC/NIMBioS Postdoctoral Fellow Video icon. DySoC/NIMBioS Seminar. Content-dependent biases in social learning strategies: A multiscale approach
Jan 28
Tue 3:30
Lauren Childs, Mathematics, Virginia Tech Video icon. NIMBioS/Math Biology Seminar. Modeling malaria development in mosquitoes: How fast can mosquitoes pass on infection?
  February 2020
Feb 4
Tue 3:30
Carlos A. Botero, Biology, Washington Univ., Saint Louis, MO Video icon. DySoC/NIMBioS Seminar. Ecological and evolutionary modeling shed light into the evolution and spread of human agriculture
  March 2020
Mar 3 Christian Houle, Political Science, Michigan State Univ. Video icon. DySoC/NIMBioS Seminar. The political implications of ethnic inequality
Mar 10
Neil Johnson, Physics, George Washington Univ. DySoC/NIMBioS Seminar. Online ecologies of distrust and hate
Mar 24 Online only Sandy Liebhold, Research Entomologist, Northern Research Station, USDA Forest Service Video icon. NIMBioS/Math Biology Seminar: Socioeconomic drivers of historical global insect invasions
  April 2020
Apr 7
Michael Bailey, Research Scientist Manager, Facebook DySoC/NIMBioS Seminar. The economic impact of social networks

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