Hot Science – Cool Talks



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Fire Ants, Crazy Ants & Zombie Ants
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018

Fire Ants, Crazy Ants & Zombie Ants

Dr. Rob Plowes
Research Scientist, Integrative Biology
University of Texas

The red imported fire ant is an invasive species in Texas that can produce life-threatening allergic reactions in people, has major costs to agriculture, and causes severe impacts to native fauna. Dr. Rob Plowes shares insights into fire ant behavior and discusses a remarkable biological control opportunity. Dr. Plowes researches one of the fire ant's deadliest enemies - tiny phorid flies, which actually turn ants into zombie-like living incubators for their offspring! He also describes research approaches to other invasive species in Texas. We invite you to join us for a special Halloween celebration. Participate in our costume contest: come as your favorite creature or zombie! Registration is now available.

 
 
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A Taste for the Beautiful
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2018

A Taste for the Beautiful

Dr. Michael J. Ryan
Professor, Integrative Biology
University of Texas

Why do animals perceive certain traits as beautiful and others not? While Darwin explained why the animal world abounds in stunning beauty, he struggled to understand how. Dr. Michael Ryan, one of the world’s leading authorities on animal behavior, tells the remarkable story of how he and other scientists have taken up where Darwin left off and transformed our understanding of sexual selection. Join Dr. Ryan as he explores how beauty is defined through the brain of the beholder. Registration opens three weeks prior to event.