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Charles Darwin meets Computer Science: How Computation has Led to Fundamental Discoveries in Evolution

Tue, September 20, 2022
Dinner Program
Ran Libeskind-Hadas

Charles Darwin wrote in The Origin of Species that he could imagine how flowers and bees might evolve in tandem to adapt to one another. In this talk, Ran Libeskind-Hadas, Founding Chair of the Integrated Sciences Department at CMC, will describe how computational techniques have been used to unravel the mysteries of the coevolution of pairs of species with applications ranging from combatting crop disease to understanding the evolutionary histories of viruses like the one responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ran “RON” Libeskind-Hadas is the Founding Chair of the Department of Integrated Sciences. Prior to joining CMC in July 2021, he was on the faculty at Harvey Mudd College for 28 years where he served as the chair of the department of computer science and associate dean of faculty. Libeskind-Hadas works, teaches, and writes in the field of computational biology and has developed a number of algorithms and software tools that are widely-used by other researchers in the life sciences. 

When he’s not teaching and doing research, he enjoys cooking and walking with his wife, Laura, mountain biking with his son, Noah, and talking politics with his son, Ben.

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