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PROMISE Scholars to host speaker Neil Shubin

September 6, 2012
Neil Shubin

Neil Shubin

NIU’s PROMISE Scholars will host a “virtual lecture” by Neil Shubin from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Room 354 of the Engineering Building.

Light refreshments will be served. The event is open to all.

Shubin researches the evolutionary origin of anatomical features of animals and is an expert on the evolution of limbs. His most recent discovery, Tiktaalik roseae, has been dubbed the “missing link” between fish and land animals.

He has appeared on “Chicago Tonight,” which airs on WTTW Chicago. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and is the author of several articles and the book, “Your Inner Fish: A Journey Through the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body.”

Shubin earned a Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University in 1987. He is the Robert R. Bensley Professor, Organismal Biology and Anatomy, and associate dean for Academic Strategy at the University of Chicago.

The NIU PROMISE Scholars Program is a campus-wide initiative for new freshmen and sophomore students enrolled in a STEM major or undecided about their major choice.

For more information, call (815) 753-9222 or email [email protected].