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UWFox Hosts ‘Darwin Day’ Discussion

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley is hosting its second annual “Darwin Day” discussion on Friday, February 12, in the campus’ Barlow Planetarium. The discussion session, scheduled from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., is entitled, “What Darwin Began – The Science of Natural Selection,” and is free and open to the public with limited unreserved seating.

“Darwin Day” is a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. He was born on February 12, 1809, with 2010 being the 201st anniversary of his birthday. He passed away on April 19, 1882.

Darwin was an English Naturalist and author who established the theory of evolution and published his historic findings in, “On the Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection,” in 1859.

While not the first person to ponder evolution, Darwin’s life-long study and observations of species variation led to his theory of natural selection which explained the process of evolution. 150 years after his ideas were published, Darwin’s ideas about evolution by natural selection still provoke questions and ardent discussion about the premise of natural change over time.

Dr. Terri Gonya, associate professor of biological sciences at UWFox, said, “Join us as we open the conversation about the evidence that supports the theory of natural selection and why the idea seems to provoke such controversy in American culture. The 2005 Howard Hughes Holiday lecture, ‘Evolution -Constant Change and Common Threads,’ will provide an introduction to the science of evolution.”

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with UW Fox faculty and staff to answer questions and share ideas on the scientific evidence that supports Darwin’s ideas.

Please note that the regularly scheduled 3:30 Friday afternoon astronomy show in the Barlow Planetarium has been cancelled on February 12 to allow for this special “Darwin Day” discussion.

For more information about the “Darwin Day” discussion, contact Dr. Gonya at 832-2693, or email teresa.gonya@uwc.edu, or visit www.uwfox.uwc.edu.

Posted 02/8/2010