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Biological Sciences

Darwin Day

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.

Photo of Dr. Sheela Athreya

Darwin Day 2018 was a joint venture between the departments of Biological Sciences and Anthropology, with support from the Wildlife & Conservation Biology Club and took place on Monday, February 12 at 4:00 PM in Dunham Hall Theater. The Ralph W. Axtell lecture was presented by Dr. Sheela Athreya, an archaeologist whose research focuses on Pleistocene hominin evolution.  Dr. Athreya is an Associate professor in the department of Anthropology at Texas A&M University. The lecture, entitled "Darwinism before Darwin: the gradual emergence of evolutionary theory (and humans)", was well received. At the reception following the lecture, we celebrated Darwin's birthday with snacks, drinks, and a birthday cake.

Planning is now under way for Darwin Day 2019.

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