Darwin Day 2017

Feb 11
8:00 am-12:30 pm

Washington University, Danforth Campus

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 presentations by two highly regarded guest scientists on very different but equally exciting topics.

Our keynote address will be by Dr. Briana Pobiner, Research Scientist and Museum Educator for the Human Origins Program in the Anthropology Department of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Pobiner is a prehistoric archaeologist whose research centers on the real “paleodiet”—the evolution of human diet (with a focus on meat-eating). Using a variety of lines of evidence including early human, animal, and plant fossils, ancient stone tools, living human and chimpanzee diets, and genetics, she examines significant changes in the evolution of human diets with a focus on the increase in meat-eating starting at least 2.6 million years ago. Her presentation will be entitled: “The “Paleodiet”: What Our Ancestors Really Ate.”

Dr. Gautam Dantas, Associate Professor of Pathology and Immunology at Washington University School of Medicine will then discuss how disease-causing bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to all available antibiotics. This scenario is predicted to worsen, with fewer and fewer new drugs coming to market. Dr. Dantas will discuss how new DNA sequencing and computational technologies are enabling a deeper understanding of how antibiotic resistance evolves and spreads in diverse bacteria across habitats as diverse as the soil, the human body, and hospital environments, providing critical insights into prevention and diagnosis of future infections. His presentation will be entitled: “Combating Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitats.”

Download Flyer


8:00 – 8:25: Check-in and continental breakfast

8:25 – 8:30: Welcome – Heather Essig; ISP Kirk Teacher Fellow (Rebstock, Room 215).

8:30 – 9:30: Keynote – Dr. Briana Pobiner; Research Scientist and Museum Educator, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, “The Paleodiet: What Our Ancestors Really Ate.” (Rebstock, Room 215).

9:30 – 9:45: Coffee and soda break. (Life Science, Room 202).

9:45 – 10:45: Dr. Gautam Dantas, Associate Professor, Washington University School of Medicine, “Combating Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Across Diverse Habitats.” (Rebstock, Room, 215).

11:00 – 11:45: Sharing Time Breakout Sessions, Middle and High School (Rebstock, Room 215); Elementary School (Life Science, Room 311).

11:45 – 12:30: Cake and Raffle, Pictures with Darwin, Certificates (Life Science Atrium).

February 7th at 5:00pm, register below

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

Loading Map....


Resevations are closed for this event.