Campus: Fullerton -- March 1, 2006

Evolutionary Genetics Lecture Set for March 2

Francisco J. Ayala, a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and a professor of biological sciences and philosophy at UC Irvine, will present a public lecture March 2 at Cal State Fullerton on "Darwin's Greatest Discovery: Design Without Designer."

Sponsored by the University Honors and Scholars Program, Ayala will speak at 7 p.m. in the Titan Student Union's Portola Pavilion. A reception will follow.

Ayala, author of the 1997 book "Genetics and the Origin of Species," proposes that Darwin's theory of evolution and explanation of design do not include or exclude considerations of divine action in the world any more than astronomy, geology, physics or chemistry do.

His research focuses on population and evolutionary genetics, including the origin of species, genetic diversity of populations, the origin of malaria, the population structure of parasitic protozoa and the molecular clock of evolution. He also writes about the interface between religion and science and on philosophical issues concerning epistemology, ethics and the philosophy of biology.

Contact: Susan L. Jacobsen, director of the University Honors and Scholars Program, (714) 278-7443

Mimi Ko Cruz, Public Affairs, (714) 278-7586 or

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