The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education

Darwin Day

  • Darwin Day Slideshow

  • Darwin Day Slideshow

  • Darwin Day Slideshow

  • Darwin Day Slideshow

  • Darwin Day Slideshow

Darwin Day is an international celebration of Darwin’s theory of evolution as well as a day dedicated to science communication and outreach, celebrated on or near the birthday of Charles Darwin. Community members are welcome to join faculty, students and staff for a day-long event that includes natural history displays, faculty and student presentations, and a keynote presentation by Dr. Patty Brennan.

Date: February 28, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location: Bridgewater Campus


Lecture Q&A

We are pleased to invite you to attend lectures presented by BSU faculty members who will be using their expertise to answer the question of how evolution impacts our day-to-day lives. Dr. Caitlin Fisher-Reid’s talk is titled "Darwinian Medicine: Evolution’s Impact on Our Health."" Ms. Maria Armour’s talk is titled “Functional Morphology: Historically Valuable, but What Scientific Value Does It Hold Today?” After each talk, the faculty member and undergraduate research students will hold a "Question and Answer” session.

Lecture I
Time: 8:00 AM
Instructor: Dr. Caitlin Fisher-Reid (Biological Sciences)
Location: Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center Room 120

Lecture II
Time: 10:00 AM
Instructor: Maria Armour, MS
Location: Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center Room 120

Anthropology, Evolution, Natural History and Charles Darwin Information Booths
There will be several all-day informational booths staffed by BSU undergraduate students.
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center
Room: First Floor Atrium

Student Poster Displays
BSU undergraduate research posters will be on display throughout Darwin Day.
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center
Room: Second Floor Park Avenue Atrium


Keynote 

Dr. Patty Brennan
Assistant Professor
Mount Holyoke College

Keynote Lecture: Time to step up! Defending “Oddball” Science 
Despite general agreement on the importance of science as a whole, public trust in science is eroding and political attacks on science continue. Many attacks are directed towards research that seems strange and not geared towards solving particular societal problems, what we might call "oddball" science. These attacks reflect a deep lack of understanding and support for basic science that has devastating consequences to innovation.  Dr. Brennan will discuss the experience of having her basic research on duck genitalia being attacked for political gain, and what she learned about science misperceptions in society. She will offer many examples that highlight why we need to support more basic science, and how we can all participate in this process.

Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center
Room: Auditorium (DMF120)