Cornell professor to present Burgess Lecture

Ronald R. Hoy, the David and Dorothy Merksamer Professor in Biology at Cornell University, tonight at 6:30 p.m. will present the third annual Burgess Lecture in the Doyne Health Sciences Auditorium at UCA.

The title of Hoy’s lecture is “Rhythm and Mode in the Acoustic Signals of Animals and Humans: Speculation on the Origins of Speech and Music.” He will present several case studies of acoustic communication in various animals to illustrate how common features underlie vocal communication of all animals, including humans. From the study of animal communication sounds, Hoy will try to trace the origins of human speech and music.The lecture is hosted by UCA’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and a public reception at 6 p.m. will precede Hoy’s presentation in the lobby outside of the auditorium. For more information, call 501-450-3199.