Saturday, September 24, 2005


Niall Shanks to Speak at WSU

Niall Shanks, the Curtis D. Gridley Professor in the History and Philosophy of Science at Wichita State University will deliver a free public lecture “Cellular Darwinism: Medicine in the Light of Evolution” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in 107 Devlin Hall on the Wichita State University campus.

For further information contact Keith Pickus of the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at 316-978-7791.

This lecture will address the implications of evolutionary mechanisms for events that take place within the populations of cells and organisms,” said Shanks. “This can include the operation of the immune system, diseases such as cancer, and events such as brain development.”

Shanks was appointed to the new tenured faculty position, which was made possible by a gift from alumnus Curtis Gridley, following a national search. He started teaching at WSU this fall. His faculty appointment is split between the departments of history and philosophy.

Shanks’ current research interests include the theoretical issues in the biological and biomedical sciences. He is the author of three books, of which the latest is “God, the Devil, and Darwin: A Critique of Intelligent Design Theory.”


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