Penn State researcher to lead discussion on the origin of skin color

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A leading Penn State researcher will be talking about the origin and meaning of skin color during an upcoming public discussion at 7 p.m. on Aug. 15, at Liberty Craft House in downtown State College.

The discussion will feature Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh University Professor of Anthropology at Penn State, who studies the evolution of human skin and skin pigmentation.

The event is part of the monthly Science on Tap series, which is designed to bring the local and campus community together in an informal setting to discuss the importance and impact of science policy. Science on Tap is sponsored by the Penn State Science Policy Society.

Jared Mondschein, a doctoral student at Penn State and a Science on Tap organizer, said that studying the evolution of skin color is essential to learning about the amazing story of mankind. 

“The variation in skin color demonstrates the ability of humans to adapt to diverse living environments,” said Mondschein, “learning about it helps us understand why we look the way we do.”   

The Science Policy Society is a graduate-student-run organization that aims to teach researchers about the connection between their research and public policy, with a dedicated focus on science advocacy.

Karly Regan, a doctoral student and Science on Tap organizer, said that the program is an easy way to learn about science coming out of Penn State labs.

“I enjoy the atmosphere that Science on Tap creates and its ability to bring together people who appreciate science,” said Regan.

Theresa Kucinski, another doctoral student and program organizer, agreed.

“It has been so much fun to meet scientists from so many different fields,” said Kucinski, “Science on Tap has definitely broadened my own scope of science knowledge.”

The Science on Tap series occurs every third Tuesday of the month and is free. Attendees must be age 21 or over and have proper identification.

Last Updated August 11, 2017