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Stanford Report, November 15, 2000
Feldman to deliver first annual Gifford Lecture on Wednesday


Professor Marc Feldman will present the inaugural John P. and Mary Louise Gifford Lecture on Human Population Problems at 4 p.m. today in the TC-SEQ 201 auditorium.

The lecture, "China's Population: Prospects and Problems," is free and open to the public.

Feldman, the Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, has worked extensively with high-ranking Chinese academicians to explore the effects of population trends and policies on the future of China.

His research interests also include cultural evolution, population genetics and the modeling and statistical analysis of human molecular variation and its relationship to human evolution.

Feldman and genetics Professor Emeritus L. L. Cavalli-Sforza pioneered the quantitative study of cultural evolution.

Feldman joined the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford in 1971. He is director of Stanford's Morrison Institute of Population and Resource Studies and co-director of the university's Center for Computational Genetics and Biological Modeling. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the California Academy of Sciences.

The Gifford Lecture series addresses human population trends and their implications for people and the rest of the natural world. The annual lecture is sponsored by the Center for Conservation Biology, thanks to the support of John P. and Mary Louise Gifford.

The lecture will be followed by an informal reception outside the lecture hall.

Marc Feldman