Your ancestors -- both in the short-term and in the long term

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Dr. Joe Felsenstein
North City Tech Meetup on Monday, August 6, features Professor (Emeritus) Joe Felsenstein. 

Monday, August 6, 2018, 7 – 9pm, FREE, at the Lake Forest Park Library Meeting Room, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155. The library is on the lower level of the Town Center shopping mall, behind the escalator.

RSVP not required, but encouraged: here

Dr. Joe Felsenstein will discuss your ancestors -- both in the short-term and in the long term. Going back in time, you have a great many ancestors. How many of them did the genes in your genome come from? Is one of your ancestors very famous?

If so, how much of your genome are you likely to have inherited from them? Do you share ancestors with other folks that you meet? Did you and they get similar genes from those ancestors?

We can go back even further and ask what other forms of life share ancestors with us (spoiler: all of them), and how we know this and how sure we are of these relationships.

Joe Felsenstein is Professor Emeritus at UW in the Department of Genome Sciences and also in the Department of Biology. This November he will have been there for 50 years. His work was on the use of mathematical theory, computers, and statistics in evolutionary biology. He trained in theoretical population genetics, which deals with changes of frequencies of genotypes in populations.

Most of his work has been on inferring phylogenies (evolutionary trees). He has received various honors and has been president of two scientific societies.

One of his scientific papers is the most highly cited paper ever written at his university -- it is one of the 100 most-cited scientific papers of all time. His Curriculum Vitae will be found online.

The North City Tech Meetup is a free meetup, usually the first Monday of each month at one of our local libraries: Lake Forest Park, Shoreline or Kenmore. People of all levels of interest and experience are encouraged to attend. There is always time for introductions and discussions.

You can visit the Meetup.com page for each month’s topic.



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