Iota Sigma Pi: Aurum Iodide Chapter
Announcement for Meeting

Friday May 11, 2018

Speaker: Dr. James Shapiro

"Two Women Who Fundamentally Changed Thinking about Evolution in the 21st Century"

MingHin Cuisine (Chinatown)

2168 S. Archer Ave

Chicago, IL 60616


6:30 pm Social Gathering

7:00 pm Dinner

8:00 pm Speaker


All are welcome to attend!  



Appetizers: Deep Fried Chicken Wings, Crab Rangoon, Egg Rolls, Deep Fried Wonton

Entrees: Shrimp and Snow Peas, General Tso’s Chicken, Beef w/ Chinese Broccoli, Stir Fried Udon w/ BBQ Pork

Sides: Chinese Broccoli w/ Oyster Sauce, MingHin Special Fried Rice

First Cocktail/Wine Included


COST: $35



RSVP: by Evite or to Teresa Bixby at 

by Monday May 7, 2018.

Remember it is our policy that if you make a reservation, but cannot attend, and do not cancel by the RSVP date you will be charged for the dinner.


In the 1960s, cell biologist Lynn Margulis advocated the long out-of-favor theory that nucleated eukaryotic cells and their organelles evolved by “symbiogenetic” cell mergers involving non-nucleated prokaryotic ancestors. Although initially ignored, Margulis was vindicated when DNA analysis established that eukaryotic cells evolved by incorporating an aerobic bacterium as ancestor of the mitochondrion inside an anaerobic cell from the distinct prokaryotic group Archaea. Further symbiogenetic mergers involving a Cyanobacterium gave rise to chloroplasts in photosynthetic eukaryotes.  

In the 1950s, Barbara McClintock reported on her discovery of “Controlling Elements” in maize. She showed how these elements could move from one location to another in chromosomes (transposition) and modify the patterns of genome expression from specific genetic loci. Long misunderstood, McClintock’s discovery was confirmed in the late 1960s and 1970s by the discovery of similar mobile DNA elements in bacteria, yeast, Drosophila, and all other species. The advent of DNA sequencing and genomics has shown that mobile DNA is ubiquitous in living cells, comprising 40-65% of the Human Genome. Molecular analysis has confirmed “natural genetic engineering” by mobile DNA elements as a major source of adaptive innovation in evolution, making genomes “Read-Write” data storage systems.

By cell fusions and natural genetic engineering, evolution in the 21st Century has become the result of biological action rather than the outcome of random replication errors and gradual change by Natural Selection.

Speaker’s Biography: James A. Shapiro

James A. Shapiro is Professor of Microbiology in The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University Of Chicago. He received his B.A. in English Literature from Harvard in 1964 and his Ph.D. in Genetics from Cambridge University in 1968 under Prof. W. Hayes, FRS. After postdoctorals at Institut Pasteur with Prof. Francois Jacob (1967-1968) and Harvard Medical School with Prof. Jonathan Beckwith (1968-1970), he served as Invited Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Havana, Cuba (1970-1972). At the University of Chicago since 1973, he was Darwin Prize Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh (1993). In 2001, he received an O.B.E. from Queen Elizabeth for services to the Marshall Scholarship Program. He has published extensively on mobile genetic elements, natural genetic engineering, bacterial multicellularity, and read-write genome evolution, most notably his 2011 book, Evolution: A View from the 21st Century. He is a founding member of the web site,, intended to make the public aware of scientific alternatives to both Intelligent Design and Neo-Darwinism.


Directions to MingHin Cuisine (Chinatown)

Parking: According to the Yelp page, there is validated parking at a parking lot nearby and there may be street parking available.

From I-90E/I-94E: Take exit 52C toward 18th street.  Merge onto S Union Ave.  Turn left onto W 18th street.  Turn right onto S Canal St.  Turn left onto W Cermak Rd.  Turn left onto S Archer Ave, MingHin will be on the left.

From I-94W Express: Take exit 53C toward I55N/Stevenson Expy/Lake Shore Drive/22 Street. Keep left, follow signs for 22nd St.  Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto W Cermak Rd.  Sharp right onto S Archer.  MingHin will be on the left.