Evolution expert to speak at UMR Sigma XI awards banquet

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Dr. Simon Conway Morris, author of "The Crucible of Creation" and professor of evolutionary palaeobiology at the University of Cambridge, is the keynote speaker for the annual Sigma Xi awards banquet at the University of Missouri-Rolla on April 21.

The banquet begins at 5 p.m. with a book signing in Centennial Hall in the University Center-East. Dinner will follow. Conway Morris’ topic is, "Evolution is True, But What Does it Mean?" Tickets are $15 for public and $10 for UMR students. The public is welcome to attend. Conway Morris is the author of "The Crucible of Creation," his study of unique fossil remains at the burgess Shale in western Canada, and most recently, "Life’s Solution: Inevitable Humans in a Lonely Universe." Morris’ research interests include the Cambrian "explosion," the Burgess Shale-type faunas, and evolution and its implications.

Conway Morris received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 1976, and in 1990, he was elected fellow of The Royal Society, Britain’s oldest and most prestigious academy. He has done research in such places as China, Mongolia, Australia and Greenland.

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society, has nearly 75,000 scientists and engineers who have been elected into the society because of their research achievements or potential.

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For tickets or more information about Conway Morris’ lecture, contact Dr. John P. Hogan, associate professor of geology and geophysics at UMR, at (573) 341-4616, email jhogan@mst.edu , or visit www.mst.edu/~sigmaxi .

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