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Fall 2018 Gillette

Campbell County Public Library

2101 S. 4-J Road | Gillette, WY

October 25, 2018 | 6:00 PM

Doors open at 5:30 PM for a light meal & refreshments


In Business and Political Policy, Biology Matters

Matthew Craig, Biology, Gillette College

When entrepreneurs develop business plans and politicians create public policy, they usually draw from economic or political practices and thinking. It turns out though that success in these areas parallels the ways that biological organisms achieve reproductive success. Indeed successful political and business approaches could learn from basic biological principles. Join biologist Matt Craig as he thinks outside the box to develop strategies for successful business and political decisions.

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Are Cell Phones the New Development Workers? Reflections on Anthropological Studies in Africa

Dr. Marcus Watson, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Wyoming

Dr. Watson invites us into the world of his work, the African countries of South African and Ghana and the roles of development workers play in them. Over the years, he has noticed a strange parallel development between development workers and the cell phones. Forget that one is human and the other a hunk of metal and glass.

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How the Brain Learns to See: Studying Tadpoles to Understand People

Dr. Kara Pratt, Associate Professor of Zoology and Physiology, University of Wyoming

Brains process information through neural networks, but a new brain has contains masses of neurons without connections. How are the proper connections made? The study of Xenopus tadpoles—whose see-through skin lets us view the brain directly—reveals how the brain creates itself by self-assembling neurons into networks that teach the brain to see. One key discovery is that visual experience—the act of looking—actually guides the precise wiring up of the visual system. This talk will describe this exciting research and explain what it reveals about the nature of human sight.

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