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Rockefeller University Researcher to Speak in Ribble Seminar Series

By Richard LeComte

LEXINGTON, Kentucky -- Erich Jarvis, a professor and investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Rockefeller University, will be one of the guest speakers in the 2022 Ribble Seminar Series offered by the Department of Biology in the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Kentucky.

Jarvis uses song-learning birds and other species as models to study the molecular and genetic mechanisms that underlie vocal learning. He is interested in how the brains of humans and birds evolved to produce complex vocal behavior. Learn more about Jarvis and his research here.  

Events are: 

  • “Evolution of Brain Pathways and Genes for Vocal Learning and Spoken Language" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in 116 Thomas Hunt Morgan Building. The event is free and open to the public.  
  • "The Vertebrate Genomes Project: Sequencing Life for a New Era in Biology" at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 30, in the William T. Young Library Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
  • A Biology Department reception will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at the Thomas Morgan House in downtown Lexington. To RSVP, or for more information about the reception, contact Kristina Morgan at  

The Ribble Seminar Series is sponsored by the Gertrude Flora Ribble Fund. For more information about the Ribble Undergraduate Research Scholarship, click here.