October 8, 2001
Noted Paleobiologist J.
William Schopf to Speak at Smith
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-J. William Schopf,
director of UCLA's Center for the Study of Evolution and the
Origin of Life and professor of paleobiology in UCLA's department
of earth and space sciences, will give a lecture at 4:30 p.m.
on Monday, Oct. 15, in McConnell Auditorium at Smith College.
The title of Schopf's talk is "Discovery of Earth's Earliest
Fossils: Solution to Darwin's Dilemma."
Discoverer of the oldest fossils known, Schopf is the author
of two books-including "Cradle of Life," winner of
the 2000 Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science-as well as the editor
of seven volumes of which two are prize-winning monographs on
Schopf is president of the International Society for the Study
of the Origin of Life, a member of the National Academy of Sciences
and the American Philosophical Society, as well as a fellow of
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient
of numerous medals awarded by scientific organizations, was twice
a Guggenheim fellow and in 1997-98 served as a Humboldt fellow
Schopf's talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored
by the environmental science and policy program and departments
of biological sciences and geology at Smith College and by the
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars Program.