Friday, February 21, 2020

The 5th Annual Darwin Day at Bridgewater State University

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE) is pleased to announce Darwin Day 2020. The event will be held in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Math Center on Friday, February 28, 2020 starting at 8:00 AM.

Our invited speaker for Darwin Day 2020 is Dr. Patty Brennan, a faculty member at Mount Holyoke College and active science communicator. Dr. Brennan is best known for her research on duck reproduction and comparative reproductive morphology. This past June, she spoke at the Annual Evolution Meetings, and she gave a fabulous talk (https://soundcloud.com/sse-communications/patty-brennan-story-collider-evolution-2019) 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.

Following the success of last year’s BSU faculty lectures, Ms. Maria Armour and Dr. Fisher-Reid will be giving informal talks and Question & Answer panels with the attendees. Dr. Fisher-Reid's talk (8:00 AM DMF 120) will be on the science of Darwinian Medicine: How Evolution Impacts our Health, and Ms. Armour's talk (10:00 AM DMF 120) will be on the importance of functional morphology and its relevance in modern evolutionary biology. After each talk, together with BSU students, we will take questions from the audience. Dr. Brennan will speak to the Biology majors during FISH (12:30-1:30 PM, DMF 120), and again in the evening for an open-to-the-public keynote talk (7:00 PM, DMF 120). Throughout the day (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM) 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 2nd floor Park Ave. hallway.

Additional information about the program can be found on our website https://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/case-darwin-day-community

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