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Darcy Kelley Distinguished Speaker Series

Thursday      November 8, 2007           4:00pm              08-A-300                   College of Science

Darcy B. Kelley, HHMI Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University

What makes Xenopus tick?
Underwater songs of African clawed frogs


How does the brain produce and perceive vocal communication signals?
How do neural systems for vocal behaviors become different in males and females? How do vocal communication systems evolve? The underwater songs of the South African clawed frog provide the experimental system used to address these questions using approaches that range from genomics to field biology.

Darcy B. Kelley is HHMI Professor of Biological Sciences at Columbia University. She received her A.B. from Barnard College and her Ph.D. from the Rockefeller University where she was Assistant Professor before joining the faculty of Princeton University. In 1981 she moved to Columbia as Associate Professor. The work of her research group focuses on the neurobiology and evolution of vocal communication in South African clawed frogs with approaches ranging from field studies in Cape Town, Gabon and Cameroon to molecular genetics in the laboratory at Columbia. In 2002, Professor Kelley was named Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, an award that acknowledges an effort of Columbia’s Science faculty to establish a new core course for all entering College students, Frontiers of Science. Among her awards are the Jacob Javits Award for Neuroscience Research from the National Institutes of Health and the Grass Lectureships at the Marine Biological Laboratory.
Professor Kelley has a long-standing interest in public perception of science and scientists and serves as consultant to the Sloan Foundation's program to promote plays on science at New York's Ensemble Studio Theater.