Each year, the Department of Biological Sciences celebrates Darwin Day by hosting a speaker in our Ralph W. Axtell Lecture Series. The event takes place around the birthday of Charles Darwin (February 12) and celebrates his enormous contribution to science, particularly the theory of evolution by natural selection (published jointly with Alfred Russel Wallace) that underpins all aspects of modern biology. The lecture series is named in honor of the late Dr. Ralph Axtell in recognition of his many contributions to the University and to science.
For Darwin Day 2017, we joined the Departments of Anthropology and Psychology in hosting Dr. Robert Martin, Emeritus Curator at The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. The lecture, entitled "Human Reproduction — from Primate Origins to Darwinian Medicine" was held on January 30, at 4:00 PM in the Meridian Ballroom, Morris University Center. Dr. Martin signed copies of his book “How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction” following his lecture. We then celebrated Charles Darwin's birthday with a reception at Fixin’s restaurant in the Morris University Center.
Check this page in fall 2017 for information about our Darwin Day 2018 lecture and celebration.