Monday, January 14, 2013

Rutgers Journal Club in Evolution - Spring 2013

Rutgers Journal Club in Evolution - Spring 2013

Journal Club in Evolution (aka Advanced Evolution for the
credit-seekers) have been scheduled, so mark your calendars:
THURSDAYS at 2.15-3.35 PM, starting January 31.
PLACE: TBA (we will let you know)
The topic this semester is Classic Papers in Evolutionary Biology. Bring
a wishlist for the first meeting so we can decide what papers to read
and discuss together!

There will be no journal club first week of classes, but we have already
selected the paper to be discussed for week 2, so download it and read
it now. This is a classic paper on adaptation's to be or not to be, a
must-read for any graduate student in ecology and evolution, and a
classic paper that has caused much discussion:

Gould, S.J. and R.C. Lewontin. 1979. The spandrels of San Marco and the
Panglossian paradigm: a critique of the adaptationist programme. Proc.
R. Soc. Lond. B. 205: 581-598.

The paper is available for download at this link:

Here is a little background on the paper, written by Jeremy Fox on his
Oikos blog:
"Stephen Jay Gould & Richard Lewontin?s 1979 article
<> ?The spandrels of San Marco and the
Panglossian paradigm: a critique of the adaptationist programme? is one
of the most widely-discussed papers in evolutionary biology over the
last 40 years (cited over 3700 times according to Google Scholar).
Probably every graduate student in evolution reads it, as well they
should, both because of its historical importance and because it?s
creative and intentionally provocative. Arguing about ?Spandrels?, as
the paper is colloquially known, is a good mental workout.*"

The Journal Club in Evolution (graduate course name 'Advanced
Evolution', 1 credit) will continue during Spring 2013 on Cook Campus.
The journal club is now going on its 9th year, and we generally have
10-20 students and faculty attending on a regular basis. This is both an
informal discussion event open to all interested faculty, postdocs, and
students, as well as a graduate class. If you are interested in joining
us, for credit or just to show up and discuss when you have time, make
sure you are subscribed to the Evolution mailing list at Rutgers, which
we use for our announcements: so if you need to, sign up here:

See you on Jan 31!

Lena Struwe & Siobain Duffy

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