Law of the Locusts:What Insect Swarms Teach Us about Cannibalism, Aging, Obesity

  • June 18, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Join us as Australian biologist Steve Simpson from University of Sydney presents his lecture, Law of the Locusts: What Insect Swarms Teach Us about Cannibalism, Aging, and Human Obesity. Professor Simpson will discuss how locust swarms can be one of the most destructive plagues to mankind, but also offer important new insights into the causes of human obesity, the aging process, and the complexities of crowd behavior.

The lecture starts at 7:00 PM, and is free and open to the public. We will meet outside the lecture hall a half hour beforehand, then go in and get seats before things get started. If you miss the group, just go on in and we'll reconvene outside afterwards before heading out afterwards for food, refreshments, and discussion.

As usual, the Red Line is your best bet for transportation. If you prefer to drive, there is free parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage.

Hope to see you there :)

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  • Charles A.

    A skilled lecturer, he covered a lot of ground, made interesting connections and stimulated me to read more about both locusts and nutrition.

    June 19, 2013

  • Helle

    Outstanding! Interdisciplinary presentation with excellent visuals on an important topic that links us with other beings we don't normally feel linked to.

    June 19, 2013

  • Doreen C.

    Interesting lecture, however, I would have liked it even better if more time had been spent on the human nutrition topic. I am particularly interested in the balance between proteins and carbs, as I feel that current wisdom seems to be preaching less protein in the diet and the resulting reliance on carbs seems like a prescription for obesity.

    June 19, 2013

  • Odette I.

    stuck at work ... :(
    have fun!!!

    June 18, 2013

    • Tim

      Do what I did! Start an email flamewar and slip out the back....

      June 18, 2013

  • susan

    I am exhausted and have to go home to bed. oh dear. (that's what grant writing does, i guess).

    June 18, 2013

  • Tim

    They randomly stopped running the trains for a half hour or so! But I should be there about 20 to 7. Save me a seat!

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How long does this last? I am going to a concert at 9pm and would love both events :)

    June 18, 2013

    • John

      The lectures usually last about an hour and change, depending on how long you want to stay for Q&A.

      June 18, 2013

  • Cheryl

    I have a conflict. Sorry to miss this evening!

    June 12, 2013

  • Odette I.

    It's a maybe for now, but probably YES. It depends on work...

    June 12, 2013

  • susan

    my first event! I'm looking forward to it.

    June 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds very interesting, especially as locust swarms may relate to obesity and crowd behavior. Unfortunately, it happens to fall on the same evening as the Nova event about Time Travel, and I am a sucker for physics. Have a grand time!

    June 7, 2013

  • Matt H.

    This sounds cool!

    May 31, 2013

  • Tuna O.

    Sounds great but I am a a busy bee on Tuesday.

    May 31, 2013

  • Alison

    Who can say no to insect swarms and cannibalism?

    May 30, 2013

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