Biologist Tyrone Hayes to speak Nov. 19 as Dr. Juan Gilbert Lecturer

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Tyrone Hayes, a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, will deliver the Dr. Juan Gilbert Distinguished Lecturer address on Thursday, Nov. 19, as a guest of Auburn University's Black Graduate and Professional Students Association, or BGPSA.

The event will be held at 6 p.m. in the College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Education Center Overton Auditorium. His lecture, "Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men," is free and the public is invited.

Hayes gained renown for his research on the effects of the herbicide Atrazine and its demasculinizing effects on frogs. He also is well known for advocating for the critical review and regulation of pesticides and other chemicals that may cause adverse health effects, especially in minority and low socio-economic populations. He has been featured in The New Yorker and Nature.

Hayes received his bachelor's degree in biology from Harvard in 1989 and his doctorate in integrative biology from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993. He joined the faculty at Berkeley in 1995 and became full professor there in in 2002.

"The Auburn University BGPSA is proud to continue its highly successful Dr. Juan Gilbert Distinguished Lecturer series by hosting Hayes," said Jessica Bailey, a graduate student and pathology resident in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the president of the Auburn BGPSA.

"It's a great series because lecturers offer advice on how BGPSA members can become successful future leaders in our fields of study and community."

The lecture is co-sponsored by the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Auburn University Office of Outreach and the Auburn Multicultural Center.

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