Programs & Events

Darwin Day 2011

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Feb. 12, 2011 | Saturday, 12:00pm
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Location: Museum of Natural Sciences -

Happy Birthday Darwin!Darwin Day graphicSpend an afternoon learning about famed naturalist Charles Darwin, take a closer look at his theories and their impact on modern science, and meet some of the scientists who are continuing his work.

Visitors can learn about:

  • Charles Darwin, his work, and the history of Darwinism
  • Principles of natural selection and evolution
  • Charles Darwin and vertebrate paleontology
  • Adaptations and evolution of orchids
  • Adaptation in the insect world
  • Attracting Bluebirds to our backyards
  • The wilderness of our bodies
  • Adaptations of neotropical frogs


Special Presentations

12:30 pm

Genius or Lucky Fellow? Darwin's Discovery of Natural Selection

Dr. William Kimler, Associate Professor at North Carolina State University

2 pm

Darwin 101: From Earth to Space

Dr. Lynn Rothschild, Senior Research Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center

4 pm

Why Darwin's Chest was Hairless, and other Modern Consequences of Having Evolved in the Wild

Dr. Robert R. Dunn, Department of  Biology at North Carolina State University


Evolution Poster Contest

Triangle area undergraduate students, graduate students and postdocs doing evolution research are invited to participate.  This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience communicating your research and its relevance to the general public! Registration Deadline: February 1, 2011.

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Participating Organizations

Museum of Life and Science
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
NC Entomological Society
NC State University
Noor Lab of Evolutionary Genetics, Duke University
Triangle Orchid Society
Wake County Extension Master Gardeners

NESCent (National Evolutionary Synthesis Center) logoPresented in partnership with the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center