Jay Hosler, associate professor of biology at Juniata College and highly acclaimed cartoonist, will speak about the power of comics as a means of communicating ideas about science and evolution in a lecture titled "Comic books, Darwin and the 'E' word." The event will take place on Thursday, April 5, 4 p.m., in Adams Memorial Theater, on the Williams College campus.
Hosler will discuss how he uses comics to explain evolutionary concepts. He will also talk about his efforts to discover new ways to make science memorable and communicate its wonder and excitement to the public.
Hosler has always been passionate about searching for the perfect medium to convey the drama of scientific discovery. His rediscovery of the world of superheroes that had marked his childhood inspired him to write the latest of his comic books. Starring Charles Darwin, the book centers on the exciting story of the evolutionist attempting to explain his science to a mite living in his eyebrow.
Hosler also produced the critically acclaimed scientific comic books, "Clan Apis" and "The Sandwalk Adventures." He received a National Science Foundation grant to develop and test a chapter of a non-majors biology textbook in comic form. His current scientific research is on the olfactory reception in honeybees, Apis Mellifera.
Hosler graduated cum laude from DePauw University as an honor scholar with distinction in biological sciences. In 1995, he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame, and then pursued postdoctoral research at the Ohio State University.
The event is free and open to the public.
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