Cailin O'Connor, LPS graduate student, will organize a symposium at the biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association, to be held in San Diego, CA November 2012. The interdisciplinary session, entitled "Signals, Signalling Games, and Biological Behavior," will bring together researchers from across the U.S. to discuss topics related to how organisms transmit information.  The particular focus will be on applying mathematical tools traditionally used to study the evolution of language to a wider class of biological behaviors. In addition to O'Connor, the participants will include LPS faculty member Jeff Barrett and recent LPS alumnus Kevin Zollman, now an assistant professor of philosophy at Carnegie Melon University, as
well as eminent biologists Carl Bergstrom (University of Washington) and Steve Nowicki (Duke University). The Philosophy of Science Association meetings are considered the flagship conferences in the discipline and attract a large international audience. Symposium proposals are subject to a rigorous and highly competitive peer-review process.


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