"The Evolving Brain"

The first of six lectures is "Time Traveling: What Our Brains Share with Beetle Brains" presented by Nicholas J. Strausfeld, PhD, Director, Center for Insect Science and Regents’ Professor of Neuroscience

Emerging evidence suggests that distantly related animals such as mice and flies manifest similar behaviors because they have genealogically corresponding brain centers. The view is that a common ancestor had already evolved circuits for behavioral actions, memory of such actions, and their consequences more than half billion years ago. Evidence that those circuits have been inherited through geological time challenges how we as a species relate to animals that we view as wholly different from ourselves.

The lectures are held at Centennial Hall & begin at 7 p.m.

Parking is free after 5 p.m. at the Tyndall Garage with a Merchant Validation. When you enter, tell garage attendant that you are shopping or dining at Main Gate Square. The garage attendant will give you a ticket you may have validated for parking with a purchase.

Funding provided by:

Arizona Daily Star

Galileo Circle

Godat Design

Holualoa Companies

Marshall Foundation

Steven J. Miller Foundation

Miraval Resort & Spa


Research Corporation for Science Advancement

Hugh & Allyn Thompson

Tucson Electric Power

University of Arizona Medical Center

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

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