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The Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology set for September 20 and 21, 2022

14 September 2022
Bruce Levin holds item up to flaming bunsen burner
Bruce Levin. Credit: Emory University

Bruce Levin, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Biology at Emory University, will present the Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology on September 20 and 21, 2022, at Foster Auditorium in Paterno Library and virtually via Zoom. The free public lectures are sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science. 


The series includes a lecture intended for a general audience as well as a more specialized lecture. The first, more specialized lecture, titled “What a population and evolutionary biologist can tell clinicians and epidemiologists about antibiotic and phage therapy of bacterial infections,” will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20th. The second, more general lecture, titled “Cool questions and some answers about the population and evolutionary biology and ecology of virulent and temperate bacteriophage,” will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21st. 


Levin is a population and evolutionary biologist whose research group uses mathematical and computer simulation modeling and experiments with bacteria to study population biology and the ecology and evolution of bacteria and their viruses and plasmids. They also study infectious disease, antibiotic and phage therapy, and antibiotic resistance.

Levin is a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science and a native Fellow or Member of the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the US National Academy of Science. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory in 1992, he taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, from 1971 to 1992 and at Brown University from 1967 to 1971. He received a doctoral degree in genetics in 1967 and a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1963, both from the University of Michigan.

The Marker lectures were established in 1984 through a gift from Russell Earl Marker, professor emeritus of chemistry at Penn State, whose pioneering synthetic methods revolutionized the steroid-hormone industry and opened the door to the current era of hormone therapies, including the birth-control pill. The Marker endowment allows the Penn State Eberly College of Science to present annual Marker lectures in astronomy and astrophysics, the chemical sciences, evolutionary biology, genetic engineering, the mathematical sciences, and physics. 

To attend the lectures virtually, click the first lecture’s zoom link on September 20th or the second lecture’s zoom link on September 21st.