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Joseph Graves

About Joseph Graves

Dr. Joseph Graves, Jr. received his Ph.D. in Environmental, Evolutionary and Systematic Biology from Wayne State University in 1988. In 1994 he was elected a Fellow of the Council of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS.) In April 2002, he received the ASU-West award for Scholarly Research and Creative Activity. His research concerns the evolutionary genetics of postponed aging and biological concepts of race in humans, with over sixty papers and book chapters published, and had appeared in six documentary films and numerous television interviews on these general topics. He has been a Principal Investigator on grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and the Arizona Disease Research Commission.
His books on the biology of race are entitled: The Emperor’s New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium, Rutgers University Press, 2001, 2005 and The Race Myth: Why We Pretend Race Exists in America, Dutton Press, 2004, 2005. A summary of Dr. Graves’s research career can be found on Wikipedia, and he is also featured in the ABC-CLIO volume on Outstanding African American scientists. In November 2007, he was featured in the CNN Anderson Cooper 360 program on Dr. James Watson.

He has served as a member of the external advisory board for the National Human Genome Center at Howard University. In January 2006, he became a member of the “New Genetics and the African Slave Trade” working group of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute of Harvard University, chaired by professors Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Hammonds. He is currently serving on the Senior Advisory Board for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) at Duke University.

He has been an active participant in the struggle to protect and improve the teaching of science, particularly evolutionary biology in the public schools. In 2007, he became a member of the inaugural editorial board of Evolution: Education and Outreach, published by Springer-Verlag. He has been a leader in addressing the under representation of minorities in science careers, having directed successful programs in California and Arizona. He currently serves as a member of the board of the Guilford Education Alliance. From 2005 – 2009, he has been a leading force in aiding underserved youth in Greensboro via the YMCA chess program.

How Does Creationism Harm African Americans?

Making Sense of Biology Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973). The American Biology Teacher, 35(3), 125-129. How Does Creationism Harm African Americans? American society has been remarkably consistent concerning its general resistance to … Continue reading

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Nature Red in Tooth and Claw

Making Sense of Biology Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973). The American Biology Teacher, 35(3), 125-129.   Nature Red in Tooth and Claw… This line comes from the poem: In Memoriam A.H.H. … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Biology

Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973). The American Biology Teacher, 35(3), 125-129. “See the lilies of the field…their genomes are 36 times larger than ours…” Those with a naïve understanding of evolution … Continue reading

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Sometimes Even the President…

Making Sense of Biology Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973). The American Biology Teacher, 35(3), 125-129. “Sometimes Even the President of the United States Must Stand Naked…” …Or Be Racially Profiled.  One … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Biology Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973). The American Biology Teacher, 35(3), 125-129.  “Love is a smoke…” No topic can be more apropos in February than romantic love.  The … Continue reading

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1983…A Merman I Should Turn to Be…

Making Sense of Biology Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973). The American Biology Teacher, 35(3), 125-129.  “1983…A Merman I Should Turn to Be” The rock & roll connoisseurs amongst you might recognize … Continue reading

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Promoting the Dialog Between Science and Religion

Making Sense of Biology Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973). The American Biology Teacher, 35(3), 125-129.   Promoting the Dialog Between Science and Religion   Given the recent furor caused by the … Continue reading

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Charles Darwin on the Races of Man

Making Sense of Biology Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky. (1973). The American Biology Teacher, 35(3), 125-129.   Charles Darwin on the Races of  Man In 2001, I testified before the Louisiana House … Continue reading

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That Shalt Do No Murder

Making Sense of Biology Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution, Theodosius Dobzhansky. (1973). The American Biology Teacher, 35(3), 125-129.   “The great King of Kings Hath in the tables of his law commanded That thou … Continue reading

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Women hold up half the sky…but what about the other genders? On August 19, 2009, South African runner Caster Semenya won the woman’s 800 meters at the World Championships.  She also set the world record.  This in and of itself … Continue reading

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