P&N's Michael Tomasello gave a lecture on his work Sept. 7 in Griffith Theater, where nearly 400 people gathered in honor of his election to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. National academy membership is regarded as the highest recognition for a scientist.
Read about his lecture, "In Search of Human Uniqueness," in Duke Today:
Dr. Tomasello, who did his undergraduate work at Duke, is a world-renowned scholar on social cognition, social learning, and communication/language in human children and great apes. He is also the co-director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Since joining P&N, he has received several other awards and honors, including election into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and APA's 2015 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. His research on mind-reading in great apes was named a Top Breakthrough of 2016 by Science Magazine.