"BROWN2FEST," a scientific symposium honoring two extraordinary scholars, UNM Distinguished Professor of Biology James H. Brown and his wife, Biology Professor Astrid Kodric-Brown, will be held Saturday, June 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the new Centennial Engineering Building Auditorium on UNM's main campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the UNM Department of Biology, Dean of Arts and Sciences, the UNM President's office and the Program in Interdisciplinary Biological and Biomedical Sciences (PiBBs), the event will feature talks from colleagues and former students who have all been inspired by Brown and his wife Astrid, who, combined, have taught for approximately 75 years, including 50 years at UNM.

A few of the notable talks include an introduction to begin the day by Felisa Smith, University of New Mexico, a colleague of the Brown's; "Explaining productivity/diversity patterns in the career of James Hemphill Brown: macroecology of an icon," by Allen H. Hurlbert; a session on "Macroecology" by Brian Maurer, University of Michigan; "Evolution/speciation," by Andrew Edelman, University of Wyoming; and "Metabolic ecology," by Melanie Moses, University of New Mexico.

Other featured talks will be given by: Gerardo Ceballos, Dinah Davidson, Brian Enquist, Morgan Ernest, Deborah Goldberg, David Gray, Ed Heske, Kate Lyons, Pablo Marquet, David McDonald, Dov Sax, Geoff West, Tom Whitham and others.

For a complete schedule, visit:Brown2Fest Symposium.

For more information, contact: Nathan Holscher, PiBBs program manager, holscher@unm.edu.