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Sean B. Carroll is currently Vice President for Science Education of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin.
An award-winning scientist, writer, and educator, Carroll is the author of Brave Genius: A Scientist, A Philosopher and their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize; Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species, which was a finalist for the National Book Award for non-fiction; The Making of the Fittest; and Endless Forms Most Beautiful. Sean also wrote a regular feature “Remarkable Creatures” for the New York Times Science Times.
A popular public speaker as well as a prominent science communicator on radio and television, Carroll is the architect of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s $60 million science filmmaking initiative. He has served as executive producer and/or on-screen presenter of more than a dozen films, including a two-hour NOVA special based on two of his books.
Carroll's laboratory research has centered on the genes that control animal body patterns and play major roles in the evolution of animal diversity. In recognition of his scientific contributions, Sean received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, and named a Fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For his educational efforts, he received the Stephen Jay Gould Prize, the Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, and the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Biology Teachers.
Dr. Carroll joined the Society's Board of Trustees in 2014.