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Lessons From A Society Whose Complexity Rivals Our Own

Lessons From A Society Whose Complexity Rivals Our Own

EPISODE
27
PUBLISHED:  
12/20/21
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Lessons From A Society Whose Complexity Rivals Our Own
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Dr.  Gene Robinson of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign joins us on the Where We Grow from Here Podcast. Dr. Robinson holds a University Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professorship, is director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and director of the Bee Research Facility. Dr. Robinson pioneered the application of genomics to the study of social behavior and led the effort to sequence the honey bee genome and is a Wolf Prize in Agriculture recipient. In this episode, he talks with S2G’s Aaron Rudburg about the complexity of society, networks, information exchanges, and social evolution. Including some lessons we can all take away from honeybees. They examine the oftentimes less discussed ups and downs of science, the importance of understanding evolution, and the ethical and societal implications of new technologies.


For more information about the Honey Bee Research Facility and it's published reports, visit The Robinson Lab.

To view more of Dr. Robinson's published reports on the regulation and evolution of social behavior, check out these sholarly public access reports.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr. Gene Robinson

Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology
Director, Swanlud Chair of Entomology; Director, Bee Research Facility

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Gene E. Robinson obtained his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1986 and joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1989. He holds a University Swanlund Chair and Center for Advanced Study Professorship, is director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) and director of the Bee Research Facility. Robinson pioneered the application of genomics to the study of social behavior and led the effort to sequence the honey bee genome. He has served on the NIH National Institute of Mental Health Advisory Council and has past and current appointments on scientific advisory boards for companies and foundations with significant interests in genomics. Dr. Robinson’s honors include: Guggenheim Fellowship, Wolf Prize in Agriculture and membership in the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, and American Philosophical Society.

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