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Spencer Wells

National Geographic Scientist Spencer Wells Welcomed to Speak on Human Genetics, Origins

Spencer WellsNova Southeastern University was proud to present "The Journey of Man: A Genetic Odyssey," an evening with National Geographic geneticist and anthropologist Spencer Wells, Ph.D. The event was scheduled on Thursday, October 26, 2006, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in the Miniaci Center for the Performing Arts on NSU's main campus.

Wells is project leader for the National Geographic Society's Genographic Project, a sweeping five-year genetic study of human migration, whose global network of research laboratories collects and analyzes DNA from cultures both near and remote. The project's resulting genetic atlas is providing insight into the connection between modern humans and African ancestors living 60,000 years ago. In his talk, Wells will discuss how the Genographic Project has linked geneticists, archaeologists, anthropologists, climatologists, and linguists for interdisciplinary research into the origins of human identity.

The program was presented in association with National Geographic Live!, a mission program of speakers and events that brings the National Geographic experience to communities worldwide.

Wells' research into human genetics serves as a scientific reflection on the 2006-2007 academic theme of "Identity." Throughout the year, the students and faculty explored the various meanings and implications of "Identity" through a range of interdisciplinary programs and activities that focus insight from the humanities, social sciences, and physical sciences. In addition to campus visits by Wells and other distinguished speakers, special courses were designed around the theme, and incorporated it into the theatre program's season, student-faculty reading groups, and faculty lectures. 

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