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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.

Darwin Day 2019 will take place on Monday, February 11 at 4:00 PM in Dunham Hall Theater. The Ralph W. Axtell lecture will be presented by Dr. Bruce Patterson, MacArthur Curator of Mammals at the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago. The lecture, entitled "Natural History and Voyages of Discovery", will be followed by a reception celebrating Darwin's birthday with snacks, drinks, and a birthday cake. All are welcome.

Photo of Bruce Patterson

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