Darwin Day 2016

Feb 13
7:45 am - 12:30 pm

Washington University in St. Louis

Event Description

Celebrate Charles Darwin’s Birthday with a FREE evolution education event for all K-12 area teachers. At this event, you can:

  • Attend workshops
  • Enter drawings for books and prizes
  • Sign up for the monthly book club
  • Network with other educators and scientists
  • Take your picture with Darwin
  • And enjoy some birthday cake

This year’s Darwin Day celebration will feature research presentations by three highly regarded guest scientists on three very different but equally exciting topics.

Our keynote address will be by Dr. Jonathan Losos, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, whose combined field and laboratory studies of Anolis lizard evolution on Caribbean islands have brought him international acclaim. His presentation will be entitled: “Darwin, Lizards, and Evolutionary Biology in the 21st Century.”

Dr. Bruce Carlson, Associate Professor of Biology at Washington University will then discuss an aspect of his multi-dimensional research on the neurophysiology, behavior, and evolution of various species of South American electric fishes in a presentation entitled: “Evolution of Behavioral Diversity: How Similar Brains Can Evolve Different Behaviors.”

Finally, Professor Jeffrey Gordon, Director of the Center for Genome Sciences & Systems Biology at Washington University will discuss a particularly interesting aspect of his path-breaking research on the influence of intestinal microorganisms on human health, in a presentation entitled: “The gut microbiota and childhood undernutrition: a microbial view of human development.”

There will be no other activities scheduled at the same times as these three presentations, so that all attendees will be able to attend all three of them.

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Event Schedule

7:45 – 8:10:  Check-in (Life Sciences Building, Room 200) and continental breakfast

8:10 – 8:15:  Welcome – Victoria L. May; Executive Director, Institute for School Partnership

8:15 – 9:00:  Dr. Jonathan Losos (Keynote); Professor, Harvard University, “Darwin, Lizards, and Evolutionary Biology in the 21st Century.”

9:15 – 10:00:  Dr. Bruce Carlson; Associate Professor, Washington University, “Evolution of Behavioral Diversity: How Similar Brains Can Evolve Different Behaviors.”

10:10 – 10:50:  Sharing Time Breakout Sessions, K – 8 (Room 310) & High School (Room 311)

11:00 – 11:45:  Dr. Jeffrey Gordon; Professor, Washington University School of Medicine, “The Gut Microbiota & Childhood Undernutrition: A Microbial View of Human Development.”

11:45-12:30:  Cake and Raffle

Registration Deadline

February 9th at 5:00pm, register below

The Institute for School Partnership will host this event with support from David and Marilyn Kirk.


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