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Erich D. Jarvis, PhD, Rockefeller University , will present the eleventh lecture in the series, "Thinking Out Loud: Deciphering Mysteries of our World and Beyond."

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Vocal learning, the ability to imitate and pass on vocal repertoires culturally from one generation to the next, is a rare and precious behavior displayed by several groups of birds, such as songbirds and parrots. Come hear Erich trill about the genes, evolution and mechanisms of vocal learning -- and how being an underrepresented minority in the sciences provided a finely tuned ear for discoveries which bear on mammals like us.

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Scientists and engineers are often perceived as living intellectual lives that are mysterious — simultaneously wondrous and arcane. The Brown University Presidential Colloquium Series, Thinking Out Loud: Deciphering Mysteries of Our World and Beyond, showcases profoundly creative and accomplished scholars who not only tackle some of the biggest “Big Questions” there are, but also skillfully communicate their inner visions to broad audiences. Like last year, this year’s Presidential Colloquium speakers consider a wide range of large, urgent and pervasive questions: Which will it be: a wondrous new age of humanity or robot Armageddon? What can math and statistics tell us about the biobugs racing through populations, now and in the future? How private can your private information be in the Internet age? Please join us to hear these very special minds Think Out Loud.

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This event is free and open to the public. The auditorium will open at 5:00 PM for seating. Guests are asked to arrive to the auditorium no later than 5:20 PM. At 5:20 PM pre-registered guests are no longer guaranteed seating and all available seats will be open to general admission. If you have questions about the event, or to request special services, accomodations, or assistance for this event, please University Event and Conference Services at universityevents@brown.edu as far in advance of the event as possible.

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