CARTA Partners with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences

Oct 18, 2017

We are privileged to announce that the American Academy of Arts and Sciences* partnered with CARTA to host the Morton L. Mandel Public Lecture on "How are Humans Different from Other Great Apes?"  The event was held on October 23, 2017 (6:00-7:15 pm) at the Sanford Consortium (Roth Auditorium).  From a genomic perspective, humans are just another kind of "Great Ape." How are we similar or different? CARTA leaders discussed distinctly human features, ranging from genetic to cognitive to physiological to behavioral to biomedical, while considering implications for explaining human origins.

Video recordings of each talk are posted on the Academy site and CARTA site.

How are Humans Different from Other Great Apes?

on Genomics, Life History and Reproduction  
Pascal Gagneux, Associate Professor of Pathology and Anthropology, Associate Director of CARTA, UC San Diego

on Genetics and Brain Development   
Fred H. Gage, Professor, Laboratory of Genetics; Vi and John Adler Chair for Research on Age-Related Neurodegenerative Disease, Salk Institute, Co-Director of CARTA, UC San Diego

on Anatomy and Behavior   
Margaret J. Schoeninger, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Co-Director of CARTA, UC San Diego

on Common Disease Profiles   
Ajit Varki, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Co-Director of CARTA, Co-Director of the Glycobiology Research Center, Adjunct Professor, Salk Institute, UC San Diego

*Since its founding in 1780, the Academy has served the nation as a champion of scholarship, civil dialogue, and useful knowledge. The Academy's membership of 4,900 Fellows and 600 Foreign Honorary Members includes accomplished scholars and practitioners worldwide, including many CARTA members. The Academy regularly sponsors meetings, lectures, panel discussions, and informal gatherings around the country.