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Michael Dietrich, expert on scientific controversies

Monday, March 30 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Rebstock Hall, 215

This year's event will feature Michael Dietrich, professor of the history and philosophy of biology at the University of Pittsburgh. Dietrich's expertise lies in scientific controversies in 20th-century genetics and evolutionary biology, as well as the histories of developmental biology and molecular evolution.

This is the Thomas S. Hall Lecture. The lecture series was inaugurated in 1978 to honor Thomas Steele Hall, a member of the biology department from 1945 until his retirement in 1978; and Distinguished University Professor until his death in 1990. From 1949 to 1961, he served as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Although trained as an experimental embryologist at Yale in the late 1930s, Hall devoted most of his academic career to the history and philosophy of science. In keeping with the broad range of interests and leadership provided by Tom Hall during his academic career, this lecture series offers a forum for exchange of ideas on the broad historical and cultural relationships among science, philosophy, the arts and society.

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Michael Dietrich is a professor of the history and philosophy of science at the University of Pittsburgh. His research concerns developments in 20th-century genetics, evolutionary biology and developmental biology, with a special emphasis on scientific controversies.

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