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10/18/00

Janet L. McCoy

PHYSIOLOGIST, EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGIST TO SPEAK AT AUBURN

AUBURN -- Physiologist, evolutionary biologist, ecologist and author Jared Diamond will give a Littleton- Franklin Lecture in Science and Humanities at Auburn University on Monday.

Diamond will speak on his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Guns, Germs and Steel at 4 p.m., in the AU Hotel and Dixon Conference Center auditorium. In addition, the author will speak to AU classes on Tuesday.

Diamond's work has focused on two questions: Why did human history take such radically different courses on different continents? And What are the implications of all this for modern society?.

His studies as a physiologist and evolutionary biologist have taken him from the unique biology of the rain forests of New Guinea to an exploration of man's history and social development on each continent for the past 13,000 years.

A professor at the UCLA Medical School, Diamond's work focuses on the evolutionary development of biological capacities to his tracing of humanity's behavioral and cultural development for the past 40,000 years in "The Third Chimpanzee."

Diamond is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship and has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

A dedicated ecologist, he is on the Board of Directors of the World Wildlife Fund.

The Littleton-Franklin Lectures, sponsored since 1968 by the John and Mary Franklin Foundation of Atlanta, also recognizes the services of Mosley Professor Emeritus Taylor D. Littleton of Auburn.

In its 34th year, the 2000-2001 lecture series will include religious historian Elaine Pagels, Jan. 29; scientist E. O. Wilson, March 5; and microbiologist Lynn Margulis, April 9.

All lectures are free and open to the public.

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CONTACT: Littleton-Franklin committee chair Philip Shevlin,334/844-4043.