HBES Detroit will feature three preconference meetings. The registration cost for attending one of these meetings is $15 per person. A continental breakfast and lunch is included with preconference registration. These meetings run concurrently, so attendees must select which preconference they want to attend when filling out the online general registration form. Preconference meetings take place on Wednesday, June 24, from 9am-12pm. Details can be found below.
Connecting Minds in Social Neuroendocrinology
Organized by Jaime Palmer-Hague and Amanda Hahn
Back by popular demand, the Connecting Minds in Social Neuroendocrinology preconference showcases current research that integrates hormones, behavior, and evolution. Attendees will hear from leading researchers in the field (Keynote Speakers TBA), as well as early career investigators who will participate in a datablitz session. Be sure to stick around afterwards for networking over lunch!
Graduate students, post-docs, and new faculty are invited to present in the datablitz. Best datablitz
Evolutionary Psychology and Existential Risks
Organized by Geoffrey Miller
A collection of speakers (provisionally including Geoffrey Miller [University of New Mexico, USA], Diana Fleischman [University of Portsmouth, UK], Peter Todd [Indiana University, USA], and Robin Hanson [George Mason University, USA]) will explore how evolutionary psychology insights and research can help us reduce the major existential risks that humanity faces in the 21st century, such as nuclear war, genetically engineered bioweapons, Artificial General Intelligence, and runaway climate change. There’s been a flurry of new funding and research on existential risks (X-risks) in the last decade within the “Effective Altruism” movement. This X-risk research has attracted major funding from tech billionaires, has built a great network of researchers and think tanks, and has started to influence policy makers. However, X-risk research has not yet integrated insights from evolutionary psychology about the challenges that humans face in recognizing, understanding, and managing evolutionarily novel existential risks. There are serious mismatches between the psychology that evolved to deal with typical prehistoric threats (predators, pathogens, sexual rivals, tribal warfare, natural disasters) and the new existential risks we have created. This preconference focuses on managing those mismatches better, so our species doesn’t go extinct.
A Practical Introduction to Agent-Based Modeling in R
Presented by Dan Conroy-Beam
Many systems we study in evolutionary psychology and evolutionary anthropology are thought to involve the interaction of several component processes or individuals, especially across long spans of time: for instance, the evolution of mate selection psychologies, cooperation strategies, cultural exchange, or foraging behavior. Agent-based models provide ideal tools for formalizing hypotheses about such systems and deriving testable predictions from them. This workshop will provide advice for constructing your own agent-based models by working through the construction of a simple example model. The workshop will be intended for people with limited R programming or modeling experience; a laptop with R and RStudio installed will be required.
Student Mentorship Lunch
Organized by Cari Pick
Date: Thursday, June 25, from 12-1:30pm
The Student Mentorship Lunch will provide students the opportunity to seek advice on the academic job market from, and connect with, current faculty in the HBES community. This year, we aim to facilitate multiple smaller discussions, each featuring faculty mentors who are able to offer a range of perspectives on the job market and careers in academia (e.g., early career, established researcher, research versus teaching-focused institutions, diversity in academia). Faculty who attend the Student Mentorship Lunch will play a pivotal role in facilitating these smaller-group discussions and fostering greater connections between the students and faculty of the HBES community. If you are interested in attending the Student Mentorship Lunch as a faculty member, please fill out this form (this link is also available through general registration). Students should register for the Student Mentorship Lunch through general online registration.
Open Science Workshop
Organized by Iris Holzleitner
Date: Friday, June 26, from 12-1:30pm
This workshop will provide a brief introduction to the “whys” and “hows” of increasingly common Open Science practices such as publicly sharing study materials and preregistering studies. One often used tool in this context is the Open Science Framework (OSF). In the practical part of the workshop, we will create an OSF project and walk through the steps of how to organize and share content and preregister a study. The last ~20 minutes will be used for a Q&A session. While no laptops are required, attendees might want to bring a laptop to work along during the practical part. If you are interested in attending, it would be very helpful if you could answer some questions via this link.
Communicating Science using Social Media
Organized by Zachary Sundin and Viviana Weekes-Shackelford
Date: Saturday, June 27, from 12-1:30pm
This workshop will provide faculty and students with ideas for extending their intellectual influence and curiosities using modern methods of science communication to the academy and beyond. Communication platforms are evolving, as are the skills required to navigate them. This workshop will address (1) using these platforms to engage with fellow academics and the public, (2) the current state of evolutionary psychology and social media, and (3) implications as science communication continues to change. Social media communication via podcasting, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube will be discussed. We welcome faculty at any career stage, graduate students, and undergraduate students to attend.