Famed Harvard scientist Edward O. Wilson and Paul Ceruzzi, a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., will speak on “Human Nature & Social Media” on Thursday at Montana State University.

“An Evening with E.O. Wilson and Friends” will be held in the MSU Strand Union Building ballrooms starting at 7 p.m.

Wilson, author of “The Social Conquest of Earth,” will give a talk and sign books. Ceruzzi, curator of aerospace electronics and computing, will give the keynote address.

In addition, several awards will be given to leading international scientists.

The 2012 George R. Stibitz Computer and Communications Pioneer Awards will be given to:

  • Bob Metcalfe, electrical and computer engineering professor at the University of Texas in Austin, for seminal contributions to development of Ethernet.
  • Vic Hayes, the “father of Wi-Fi,” a senior research fellow at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Technology Pioneer Awards will be given to:

  • Paul Anastas, the “father of green chemistry,” a professor of chemistry at Yale University.
  • May Berenbaum, the world’s leading expert on bees and one of the most famous women scientists in the world, an entomology professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Gary Strobel, plant pathology professor at MSU and one of the world’s leading microbiologists, for contributions to understanding bioactive plant compounds.

The awards are sponsored by the Museum of Modern Human Progress (American Computer Museum) of Bozeman and several MSU departments.

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