Texas Tech Hosts Earth, Life & System Symposium

The two-day event covers environment and evolution and will be held at the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.

One of the featured events is about NASA's Exobiology Program.

One of the featured events is about NASA's Exobiology Program.

Earth, Life & System Symposium Agenda Announced for September 2012

The agenda has been announced for the Earth, Life & System Symposium, which will be held Sept. 13-14 at McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center on the Texas Tech University campus.

The two-day event covers environment and evolution, and is held in honor of Lynn Margulis. Margulis was distinguised university professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Sept. 13

  • 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. – “Endoprebiosis: Encapsulation and Merger of Nucleic Acids and Proteins in the Origin of Life” by Sankar Chatterjee, Horn Professor in the department of Geosciences and curator of paleontology at Texas Tech.
  • 10:30 am. - noon – “Unsettling, even perhaps a bit sinister’: The Implications of Waddington’s ‘World Egg’ for Feminist New Materialism” by Susian Squier, Julia Brill Professor of women’s studies and english at Pennsylvania State University
  • 1 - 2:30 p.m. – “Carl Woese and Lynn Margulis on Biological Kingdoms and Domains” by Jan Sapp, professor of biology and history at York University
  • 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. – “Gaia and the History of the Biosphere Concept” by J. Baird Callicott, University Distinguished Research Professor of philosophy and religion studies at the University of North Texas
  • 4:30 - 6 p.m. – “The World According to Margulis: Attempts at Philosophical Summation” by Dorion Sagan, writer
  • 6 - 7:30 p.m. – Public reception at McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center Courtyard

Sept. 14

  • 8:45 - 10:15 a.m. – “The Planetary Imagination from Dune to Gaia” by Bruce Clarke, Horn Professor of literature and science at Texas Tech
  • 10:30 a.m. - noon – “Symbiogenesis and other Non-Darwinian Processes in Evolution” by James A. Shapiro, professor of biochemistry and molecular biophysics at the University of Chicago
  • 1 - 2:30 p.m. – “ NASA’s Exobiology Program as Incubator for the Serial Endosymbiosis and Gaia Theories, 1964-1982”
  • 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. – “Sustainable Development: Alternative Pathways in Developmental Systems Theory” by Susan Oyama, professor emeriti of psychology at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • 4:30 - 6 p.m. – “Coming to Terms with Global Change: Technology is Not Enough” by Peter Westbroek, emeritus professor of geophysiology at Leiden University and Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and Arts

This symposium is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Vice President for Research, the Transdisciplinary Academy, Center for the Integration of Science Education and Research, the Haragan Lecture Series, and Sigma Xi at Texas Tech.

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Arts & Sciences

The Texas Tech University College of Arts & Sciences was founded in 1925 as one of the university’s four original colleges.

Comprised of 16 departments and more than 400 tenured faculty members, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.

With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college on the Texas Tech University campus.

In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.



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