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Visiting Scholar from Virginia Tech to Speak

Amanda Castro-Crist

September 29, 2016

Shuhai Xiao, a professor of geobiology, will deliver the lecture, "On the Eve of the Cambrian Explosion."

Shuhai Xiao
Shuhai Xiao

WHAT: Shuhai Xiao, a geobiology professor at Virginia Tech, will deliver the lecture "On the Eve of the Cambrian Explosion," as part of Phi Beta Kappa's Visiting Scholar Program.

"The 'Cambrian Explosion' was an epoch in Earth history in which virtually all the various categories of multicellular life suddenly appear in the geologic record," said Steve Balch, director of the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. "Dr. Xiao, one of the leading researchers in his field and able to draw on the latest findings, will explore the great question of why. Anyone interested in this profound question of deep history will want to be on hand to hear it."

The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Texas Tech Chapter, Lambda of Texas, of Phi Beta Kappa. Co-sponsors are the Texas Tech Honors College and the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization.

WHEN: 5:30 – 7 p.m. Monday (Oct. 3)

WHERE: Room 82, College of Media and Communication, 608 N. Knoxville Ave.

Parking is available in the pay-to-park lots located west of the Education building and on the fourth floor of the Flint Avenue Parking Garage. Both areas are located near the 18th Street and Flint Avenue intersection.

About Shuhai Xiao

Xiao's research focuses on the interactions between life and environments at critical transitions during early Earth history and involves fieldwork in China, India, Russia, Australia, Namibia and Canada. He is a recipient of the Charles Schuchert Award of the Paleontological Society, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in Research in 2010 and the 2014 Geological Society of America's Outstanding Contributions in Geobiosciences Award.

He was chosen as the 2014 Sir Albert Charles Seward Memorial Lecturer at Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany in India. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the Paleontological Society and holds two degrees from Beijing University and two from Harvard University.

About the Visiting Scholar Program

Since 1956, the Visiting Scholar Program has offered undergraduates the opportunity to spend time with some of America's most distinguished scholars. The purpose of the program is to contribute to the intellectual life of the institution by making possible an exchange of ideas between the Visiting Scholars and faculty and students.

CONTACT: Steve Balch, director, Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, Texas Tech University (806) 834-8289 or steve.balch@ttu.edu

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