Posted: Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sean B. Carroll will give the Fall 09 Kenan LectureLEXINGTON, Ky.—“Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for
the Origins of Species” will be Sean B. Carroll’s topic when he
presents Transylvania University’s Kenan Lecture on Wednesday, October
28, at 7:30 p.m. in Haggin Auditorium in the Mitchell Fine Arts Center.
The lecture is free and open to the public.

Carroll's book Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species was recently nominated for a National Book Award. The winners will be announced November 18. 

Carroll is professor of molecular biology and genetics at the
University of Wisconsin, Madison and investigator with the Howard
Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin. His research
focuses on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major
roles in the evolution of animal diversity. Discoveries from his
laboratory have been featured in "TIME, US News & World Report, The New York Times, Discover, and  Natural History. A 2009 NOVA special to mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species was based on Carroll’s books, Endless Forms Most Beautiful  and The Making of the Fittest. He served as scientific consulting producer for the program.

Carroll was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in
2009 and to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007. He received the
Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize from the Society of
Developmental Biology and is a Fellow of the American Association for
the Advancement of Science. He received a B.A. degree in biology from
Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in immunology from Tufts
Medical School.

The Kenan Lecture Series is made possible by a grant from the William
R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust. For more information, contact the public
relations office at (859) 233-8120.