Hiram College


Hiram College will welcome Timothy Bromage, professor in the Department of Biomaterials and Biomimetics at New York University, as the Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar on Oct. 24, 2013.

Bromage will present two lectures:

  • Noon: “What is Art” – “When a single artist, scientist or mystic believer practices, we witness their craft as a personal endeavor, if even we have opinions, as we will, about the worth, quality and importance of what they are doing. Their pursuit gives them all the sensations of life: pleasure, frustration, memories, sadness, sleepless nights, fulfillment as a human being and more. Their behavior, or, how they practice their craft, may change through time as they acquire new experiences, but their search for meaning endures.”
  • 6:30 p.m.: “Being Nearly Human” – “The development of teeth and the chronological age at which they erupt in the mouth are coordinated to meet the metabolic requirements of increasing size and activity during growth and maturation. Among early fossil humans, we find that first-molar eruption occurred earlier in the lifespan than in modern humans. Early humans, thus, had shorter periods of growth and development, similar to those of living apes, leading to a paradigm shift that changed forever the way we interpret early human life and biology. Becoming modern, or nearly so, was driven by an inexorable shift in brain size, dragging with it every other aspect of being human, a process that began approximately 1.5 million years ago.”¬†

Both lectures will take place in the Pritchard Room of the Hiram College Library.

At New York University, Bromage directs the Hard Tissue Research Unit, a bone and tooth preparation and imaging technology development laboratory. His focus is on bone and tooth biology, with an emphasis on its translation to environmental and evolutionary studies. Bromage is the recipient of the 2010 Max Planck Prize in Human Evolution, an award that supports his research for five years.