Published on February 28, 2018 by Maryellen Newton  
Biologist Tyrone Hayes
Biologist Tyrone Hayes

Samford University’s Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences has created a new lecture named for longtime professors Mike Howell and Ellen McLaughlin.

The first lecture in the series–“From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men”–will be offered March 22 at 6 p.m. in Brooks Hall Auditorium. Speaker Tyrone Hayes of the University of California, Berkeley, is widely known for his research and advocacy related to the herbicide atrizine.

The Howell-McLaughlin lecture is one of four events the department is hosting in March and April, including:

 • “Employing Next Generation Sequencing to Understand Biodiversity: From Microbes to Macroevolutionary Patterns”–Tim Colston, Ph.D., George Washington University. March 8, 3:30 p.m., Christenberry Planetarium (Propst Hall 140).

“Romancing the Lily: The Natural History of Hymenocallis coronaria”–Larry Davenport, Ph.D., Samford University. April 5, 3 p.m., Christenberry Planetarium (Propst Hall 140).

 • David Butler, Cahaba Riverkeeper. April 19, 3 p.m., Christenberry Planetarium (Propst Hall 140).

Maryellen Newton is a journalism and mass communication major and a news and feature writer in the Division of Marketing and Communication.
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