Honorary Degree Recipient
Doctor of Science
College of Biological Sciences, May 15, 2009
Sean Carroll, professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics and Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin, is considered to be one of the most influential and creative scientists of our time. His research in understanding how genes control body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity is considered groundbreaking. He is considered to be one of the world's foremost experts in the field of Evolutionary-Developmental Biology. As a science writer he has been extraordinarily successful in his ability to translate his findings and communicate them to the public. His book, Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo and The Making of the Fittest are among his most popular. Discover Magazine and USA Today nominated each of these books as Top Science Books of the Year. His writings are described as clear, straightforward, revealing a remarkable series of insights into how evolution has shaped, and continues to shape, the wondrous assortment of creatures on our planet. During 2009, these two books will form the basis for a TV special by NOVA to mark the anniversary of the publication of the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin. He is also the co-author of numerous textbooks and more than 120 scientific papers. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is the recipient of several honors and awards, including the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Shaw Scientist Award of the Milwaukee Foundation, the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Biology Teachers, and numerous honorary lectureships.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.