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Darwin Lecture Series

The Charles Darwin Lecture Series kicks off Thursday, February 12 — the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth — as renowned science author Carl Zimmer speaks on evolutionary biology and examines Darwin’s contributions to science and society. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Museum’s main auditorium.

Zimmer, winner of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s 2004 Science Journalism Award, is the author of several popular science books and writes frequently for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Science, Newsweek, Popular Science and Discover. Zimmer’s books include “Soul Made Flesh,” “Parasite Rex,” “Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea” and “Smithsonian Intimate Guide to Human Origins.”

The Museum, in collaboration with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology at North Carolina State University, is presenting several talks throughout 2009 to commemorate the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of “The Origin of Species.”

The series will also showcase the Triangle region of North Carolina as a hot spot for evolutionary biology research and feature prominent evolutionary biology researchers from area universities. The second lecture will feature Rob Dunn, author and assistant professor of zoology at NC State University, who will delve into biodiversity and ecology. Stay tuned to the Museum Web site for more information [naturalsciences.org].