Book talk Oct. 19 by award-winning author and biologist on “The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters.”

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This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced.

Award-winning author and biologist Sean Carroll will give the Auburn University College of Sciences and Mathematics Leadership Council Distinguished Lecture on Oct. 19, at 6 p.m., on campus in the Sciences Center Auditorium. Carroll will discuss his book, "The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters."

A reception and book signing will take place at 5 p.m. prior to the lecture in the Sciences Center Auditorium Atrium. A limited number of books will be available to purchase at the reception. The event is free and open to the public.

"The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters," details efforts of early scientists to answer basic questions about how life works and how the rules they discovered apply to life at different scales–from molecules in the human body to the delicate balance of zebras and lions in the African savannah.

Carroll demonstrates how rules governing the natural world continue to inform scientific advances–such as life-saving medicines. The book also makes the case that humans should look to the Serengeti Rules as a guide for healing the planet.

Carroll is an internationally recognized evolutionary biologist. He leads the Department of Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is the Allan Wilson Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin. In addition to writing books, he has served as executive producer for several scientific feature documentary films or series.

Carroll is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was elected an associate member of the European Molecular Biology Organization.

For more information on the lecture, contact Jason Bond, chair of the Auburn University Department of Biological Sciences, at For more information on Carroll, visit his website at:

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