Dr. Lee Dugatkin

A&S "Meet the Professor" Lunch and Lecture Series

Dr. Lee Dugatkin, Department of Biology: “Why Be Nice? Seven Scientists Search for the Origins of Goodness”

  • Thursday, February 1, 2007
  • 12 noon, University Club
  • Admission ($12 per person/check or cash) includes lunch.
  • Reservations are required.
  • Please contact Janna Tajibaeva at 852-2247 or janna@louisville.edu

At some basic level, we know that humans and animals treat their blood kin better than everyone else. Yet altruism's tie to blood kinship has been a contentious issue for the better part of 150 years, and the fights that emerged over this time involved some of the greatest minds in science.


Lee Dugatkin, Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Biology, has published seven books including the popular Cheating Monkeys and Citizen Bees: The Nature of Cooperation in Animals and Humans and Model Systems in Behavioral Ecology (Princeton), and more than 100 published articles on the evolution of behavior. His research work has drawn considerable media attention garnering full-length articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Manchester Guardian, The Toronto Globe and Mail, Discovery Magazine, Scientific American, Nature, Science, BioScience, Science News and dozens of other newspapers, magazines and journals across the world.

Dr. Dugatkin is a contributing author to Scientific American, The New Scientist, Newsday, Cerebrum, BioScience, and The Wilson Quarterly. In addition between 1996-2003, he contributed more than 80 science columns to the Louisville Courier Journal newspaper.

Dr. Dugatkin's February 1 talk will be based on his new book, The Altruism Equation: Seven Scientists Search for the Origins of Goodness ( Princeton University Press, 2006).

from Publisher's Weekly:

"If evolution involves a competition for survival, then how can we explain altruism? Biologist Lee Dugatkin splendidly narrates a fast-paced tale of scientific breakthrough, genius and intellectual history as he examines the lives of seven scientists . . . whose groundbreaking work attempts to answer this question. . . . This superb tale of scientific discovery is required reading for everyone interested in the nature of human morality."

About the Meet the Professor Series

"Meet the Professor" is a monthly lunch and lecture series highlighting research and topics of interest in Arts and Sciences. Typically held on the first Thursday of the month at the University Club on the University of Louisville's Belknap Campus, the monthly series started in September 2006 as part of the college's Centennial celebration.

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