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"Origin of Life" at the University of Georgia

This event is part of the Origins Lecture Series, presented by the Division of Biological Sciences of the University of Georgia

The North Campus Parking Deck on Jackson Street is the closest deck for Chapel visitors. Here's a map (PDF) showing all the visitor parking on campus.

Currently there are no social events planned for this meetup. Feel free to use the comments to make carpooling arrangements.

Origin of Life
Mark Farmer
Professor of Cell Biology
Chairman of the Division of Biological Sciences
University of Georgia

The origin of life remains one of the great unsolved mysteries in all of science. Late in life Charles Darwin speculated that life may have begun in “a warm little pond” but today we think it more likely that the earliest life forms emerged in the dark depths of the early Earth’s oceans. Even the simplest of cells is marvelously complex and for this reason there are those who feel that such complexity could not have arisen from natural processes.

In this lecture cell biologist and Chairman of the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Georgia will explore the transition from complex biochemistry to simple cells and offer explanations as to how the first free-living life forms emerged to eventually give rise to the riot of complex organisms we find today.

About the Speaker
Mark Farmer is Chair of the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Georgia. He is the author of over 40 research publications that focus on the origin and evolution of microorganisms and is a Past President of the International Society of Evolutionary Protistology.

Dr. Farmer is a frequent contributor to the Athens Banner Herald where he writes on topics of science and public policy and he is also a media consultant for the Georgia Citizens for Integrity in Science Education.

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  • Stefanie T.

    Probably -- with my son.

    March 16, 2013

    • Kris

      How old is your son? I'm considering going with my son but I'm a little worried it will be over his head.

      March 18, 2013

    • Stefanie T.

      sorry for responding late. this week is just crazy. hence, I have to pull out today. My husband is on a business trip and I have to do the driving for my daughter. My son , btw., is 18 and is interested in doing research with Farmer. But he has to be out for a Track-and- Field meet.

      March 20, 2013

  • Sam Skinner, P.

    The last lecture was great; I expect this one will be too.

    March 16, 2013

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