Directions: Enter through the main entrance, Right before you get to the corridor
take the elevator on the left to the 3 floor. From the Elevator turn
right and then left into the main corridor. Turn into the first hallway
on your right and you will see Room 3-333
Bring Evolution To Your School/Community For Darwin Day 2014!
bringing cutting-edge evolutionary science to your school and
community? Apply to be a stop on NESCent’s 2014 Darwin
NationalEvolutionarySynthesisCenter) is an NSF-funded
evolution research center. To celebrate Charles Darwin’s
contributionj 0s to science and society, we send our scientists on the road every
year around “Darwin Day” (the annual, world-wide celebration of Darwin’s birthday on Feb.
12th) to talk to students, teachers and the general public about
their research and career opportunities in science. Our focus is on
small, rural communities (i.e., places that wouldn’t likely have a Darwin Day
celebration if they weren’t a stop on our Roadshow) and any schools with
traditionally under-served students. There is no cost to you, the
teachers, and we’ll even leave you with a collection of evolution teaching
information, and to apply to have your school considered, please visit roadshow.nescent.org or
contact Jory Weintraub (jory at nescent dot org). Applications are
being accepted now throughFriday, November 27th.
Darwin in the News
Darwin Day Resolution Introduced In Congress By Rush Holt
Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) introduced a resolution in Congress to make Feb. 12, 2013 "Darwin Day." As reported by the Huffington Post, Holt, a physicist, said, "Charles Darwin [is] a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the
achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human
knowledge," Holt wrote in the resolution, which promotes evolution and
warns against the "teaching of creationism."
Science Guy Bill Nye Defends Evolution Education
The enthusiastic yet mild-mannered Bill Nye (The Science Guy) has launched a firestorm of outrage from Creationists with his video for The Big Think, an online forum. In the video, Nye asserts that Darwin's theory is necessary to understand the natural world, for children and adults. Nye said, "I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your
world, in your world that's completely inconsistent with everything we
observe in the universe, that's fine, but don't make your kids do it
because we need them." Creationists reacted with a video of their own, telling Nye not to interfere with what their children learn in school.
The Death of a Galapagos Giant Tortoise
Darwin studied giant tortoises in 1835 when he visited the Galapagos Islands. Read this obituary for Lonesome George, a 100-year-old giant tortoise and the last of his subspecies, from The New York Times, here. Read the Wall Street Journal's review of Darwin's Ghosts by Rebecca Stott
In Darwin's Ghosts, Rebecca Stott traces the work
of the many scholars, philosophers and scientists whose insights into
nature and its laws culminated in 'Origin of Species.' Read a review here.
Organize your own Darwin Day Screening: Nova has produced several films that highlight Darwin and his contributions. They are available online and are easy to view. Have a screening party at school, at home or at work!
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Use Janet Browne's short, lively paperback book, Darwin's Origin of Species: A Biography (Atlanta Books, London, 2006) for your High School or College class or your Book Club! Amazon
Evolutionary Writings, Including the Autobiographies by Charles Darwin (Edited by James A. Secord) This volume published by Oxford University Press brings together the key chapters of Darwin's most important and accessible books, including the Journal of Researches on the Beagle voyage (1845), The Origin of Species (1859), and The Descent of Man (1871), along with the full text of his delightful autobiography. They are accompanied by generous selections of responses from Darwin's nineteenth-century readers from across the world. Oxford University Press