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International Darwin Day 2016

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Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12, 2016, in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory


​WHAT: Charles Darwin was born on 12 February 1809. Numerous events have been organized around the world to celebrate his contributions to humanity, science and rational thought. This event is hosted by the University of Delaware’s Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Society, the Interdisciplinary Science Learning Learning Center, and the Department of Anthropology.

WHEN AND WHERE: Thursday, February 11 and Friday, February 12, 2016, in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory, 221 Academy Street, Newark, DE 19716 from 11AM to 5PM on Thursday and from 12:30PM-2PM on Friday. Space is limited so please register ahead by sending a request to 

Limited space for parking is adjacent to the Perkins Student Center on Academy Street south of the ISE Lab.

WHO: Nine University of Delaware faculty from multiple disciplines (Anthopology, Art, Biology, Biotechnology, Geology, Psychology, Plant and Soil Science, Public Health, and Women’s Studies) will present 18 minute TED-like talks on Thursday followed by discussion.

Schedule of event:(click links for more information about the speaker and sessions)

Thursday in ISLL 315:

Robin Andreasen will speak about "What Does Evolutionary Biology Teach Us About Race"

Jon Cox will speak about "Darwin's Camera"

Keith R. Hopper will speak about "The Role of Evolution in Management of Insect Pests and Crops"

Ron Martin will speak about “Tiny Engines of Evolution: Phytoplankton and the Fossil Record of Marine Biodiversity”

Mia Papas will speak about "Culture and the Evolution of Obesity"

Randy Wisser will speak about "Evolving Evolution: How have Genomes, Climates and Man Formed Our Food?"

Thursday in ISLL 410:

Karen Rosenberg will speak about "Scars of Evolution"

Melissa Melby will speak ​about “Milk--- it does a body good: No LI(e)?”

John Jungck will speak about "Cancer and Evolution"

Friday in ISLL 315:

Keynote Speaker - ISLL 215 from 12:30-2pm. Jeremy M. DeSilva will speak about, "Light Will Be Thrown: What New Fossils From South Africa Are Revealing About Human Evolution"

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  • Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories
  • 221 Academy Street, Suite 402
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-6400