Friday, February 21, 2020

BSU to Celebrate Darwin Day

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) at Bridgewater State University will observe Darwin Day 2020 in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center on Friday, Feb. 28.

The daylong event starts at 8 a.m. by following the success of last year’s BSU faculty lectures. Ms. Maria Armour and Dr. Caitlin Fisher-Reid will give informal talks followed by Q&A panels with attendees.

Dr. Fisher-Reid's talk (8 a.m. in DMF 120) will be on the science of Darwinian Medicine: How Evolution Impacts our Health, and Ms. Armour's talk (10 a.m. in DMF 120) is about the importance of functional morphology and its relevance in modern evolutionary biology.

Dr. Patricia Brennan will speak to biology majors during FISH (12:30-1:30 p.m. in DMF 120), and again at 7 p.m. for an open-to-the-public keynote talk, which is free of charge.

Throughout the day until 4 p.m. CASE we will have several natural history and evolution exhibits on display in DMF Atrium, as well as undergraduate ecology and evolution-related research posters on display in the second floor Park Avenue. hallway.

Dr. Brennan, a faculty member at Mount Holyoke College and active science communicator, is best known for her research on duck reproduction and comparative reproductive morphology. The topic of her talk is “Time to step up! Defending ‘oddball’ science.”

Last June, she spoke at the Annual Evolution Meetings, and she gave a talk about how she got into science communication when anti-science news media picked up her research as a “waste of funding.” Dr. Brennan will be speaking about her research on duck reproductive morphology during FISH, and about the importance of defending basic science during her evening keynote lecture.

Additional information about the program, which is sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences, CASE and the Bartlett College of Science & Mathematics, can be found at

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