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Genographic Project head will analyze President Spaniolo's DNA in talk

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Media Contact: Sue Stevens

ARLINGTON - University of Texas at Arlington President James Spaniolo and two faculty members, Alex del Carmen and Carrie Y. Ausbrooks, participated in the Genographic Project, which uses DNA to map how humankind populated the planet. The educators will learn about the migration paths of their ancestors, when Dr. Spencer Wells speaks on campus at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Rosebud Theatre in the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St. Wells, a population geneticist, author and documentary filmmaker, will discuss how science can trace the more than 300,000 global participants’ ancient migratory patterns.

Wells is a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and the director of the Genographic Project, the nonprofit initiative collaborating with hundreds of thousands of participants’ world wide to gather and analyze the worlds largest collection of anthropological DNA samples in order to tell the story of humanity’s ancient journey from Africa. He is visiting the campus as a part of the “Conversations” lecture series component in the OneBook program. This year’s theme, drawn from the OneBook selection “The History of Love” by Nicole Krause, is “Connections.”

The event is free and open to the public. Contact Leigh Young at or (817) 272-6107 for more information.


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