Darwin's Warm Little Pond: Searching for the Chemical Origins of Life

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  • Date/Time:
    • Thursday April 20, 2017
      7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
  • Location: Clary Theater, Bill Moore Student Success Center, 225 North Ave. NW, Atlanta, GA 30332
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A. Maureen Rouhi, Ph.D.
Director of Communications
College of Sciences
404.385.5207

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Summary Sentence: A College of Sciences Frontiers in Science Lecture

Full Summary: Regents Professor Nicholas Hud, a leading researcher in the origins-of-life field, will discuss how scientists are helping to write the "missing first chapter" of Darwin's book, On the Origin of Species.

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Frontiers in Science Lecture

Nicholas Hud
Regents Professor
Professor, School of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Director, Center for Chemical Evolution

LECTURE PREVIEW

Charles Darwin once speculated that biological molecules might spontaneously form in a “warm little pond.” Then he concluded that it was “mere rubbish” to think about the origin of life during his time.

Now, 150 years later, tremendous advances In biology and chemistry have made it possible to explore—using model reactions and genomic data—the chemical origins and early evolution of life. 

This combination of bottom-up (chemical) and top-down (biological) approaches to uncovering the origins of life is helping to write the “missing first chapter” of Darwin’s book, On the Origin of Species.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Nicholas Hud has devoted much of his research to elucidating the fundamental principles of RNA and DNA assembly. His lab examines how the physical properties of nucleic acids govern biological functions in contemporary life and how these same properties provide clues to the origin and early evolution of life. 

ABOUT FRONTIERS IN SCIENCE LECTURES

Lectures in this series are intended to inform, engage, and inspire students, faculty, staff, and the public on developments, breakthroughs, and topics of general interest in the sciences and mathematics. Lecturers their talks for nonexpert audiences.

Light refreshments will be served.

Parking is available in the Visitors Lot on the south side of North Avenue, across Tech Tower.

Additional Information

In Campus Calendar
Yes
Groups

College of Sciences, School of Biological Sciences, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, School of Mathematics, School of Physics, School of Psychology

Invited Audience
Faculty/Staff, Public, Undergraduate students, Graduate students
Categories
Conference/Symposium
Keywords
origins-of-life research, chemical evolution, Nicholas Hud, center for chemical evolution, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, College of Sciences
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  • Created By: A. Maureen Rouhi
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  • Created On: Feb 28, 2017 - 9:50am
  • Last Updated: Apr 13, 2017 - 5:12pm