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Acclaimed Science Writer To Speak at UW-Fox Valley Scholars Series

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley’s 2003-2004 Scholars Series continues on Monday, November 3, at noon in the UWFox Fine Arts Theatre. “Discovering Your Inner Chimp: How DNA Links Us to Our Primate Relatives and Makes Us Uniquely Human,” is being presented by award-winning science writer Carl Zimmer, (Hartford, CT).

His first book, “At the Water's Edge” (Touchstone, 1999) followed scientists as they solved two of the most intriguing evolutionary puzzles of all: how fish walked ashore, and how whales returned to the sea. It was followed in 2000 by “Parasite Rex” (Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 2000), a book that explores the bizarre world of nature's most successful life forms. His latest book is “Evolution: The Triumph of An Idea,” which is the companion volume to a PBS television series broadcast September 21-24, 2001.

From 1994 to 1999 Zimmer was a senior editor at “Discover” magazine. He currently writes for numerous magazines including “National Geographic,” “Science,” “Audubon,” and “Natural History,” where he regularly contributes a column on evolution. Zimmer is the recipient of several journalism prizes, including the Pan-American Health Organization Award for Excellence in International Health Reporting, the American Institute Biological Sciences Media Award, and the Everett Clark Award for science writing. He is a 2002 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow and is currently working on a book about the dawn of neurology.

The UWFox Scholars Series brings a wide range of nationally and regionally recognized experts to the Menasha campus on various Monday mid-days throughout the fall semester 2003 and the spring semester 2004. The Scholars Series is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-seated, with free parking available on the west side of the campus.

UWFox is located at 1478 Midway Road, between S. Oneida St. on the east and S. Appleton Road on the west, and just south of Hwy. 441.

Posted 10/30/2003