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MLA Faculty Spotlight: Shattering the Fertile Window Myth in the Female Cycle


Join the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program on the evening of Thursday, October 18 for a faculty spotlight event featuring MLA Professor Robert Martin. Dr. Martin is an Emeritus Curator at the Field Museum and also serves on the Committee of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago. In the MLA program, he teaches a class called Human Origins: From Early Primate Beginnings to Evolutionary Medicine. During his faculty spotlight talk, Dr. Martin will give a broad overview of his MLA course before delivering a mini-lecture on a topic he covers in the class: human reproduction. The lecture will argue against the idea of a “fertile window for conception” in the female cycle.

Speaker Bio


Robert Martin is an Emeritus Curator at the Field Museum of Natural History where he previously served as Provost for five years. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, The University of Illinois-Chicago, and the University of Chicago, where he has taught in the College and is a member of the Committee of Evolutionary Biology. His research interests span the fields of anthropology, evolutionary biology, and human reproductive biology. He has authored 300 publications, including peer-reviewed papers, books, book chapters, and book translations, and regularly maintains a blog on human evolution for Psychology Today.

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