Presidential Lecture Robert Sapolsky
Thursday, April 04, 2013 from 07:30 PM to 10:30 PM
April 4, 2013, 7:30 p.m., Allen Chapman Activity Center
Science writer, biologist and neuroscientist Dr. Robert Sapolsky is considered one of the most insightful experts on stress thanks to his groundbreaking research on primates and their connection to the human condition.
As a young boy growing up in New York City, Sapolsky dreamed of living the life of a naturalist where he could study the similarities between baboons and humans. At age 21, Sapolsky traveled to Africa to live with a group of baboons that would later inspire his early career as a field biologist and his first book, A Primate's Memoir.
For more than 30 years, Sapolsky has developed a unique perspective on the human condition based on his fieldwork with baboons and technical research as a neuroscientist. Like humans, Sapolsky says baboons live in large, complex social groups where stress levels run high and health problems such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure are common.
A captivating speaker, Sapolsky lectures with a flare of humor and humanity on various topics such as stress, baboons, depression and aggression. In his book Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, he explains how human stress response has evolved to manage short-term physical emergencies.
Sapolsky is a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, a professor of biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research scientist with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. He was featured in a National Geographic/PBS hour-long special on stress in 2008. In addition to four books, he also has written articles for Discover and The New Yorker.