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Tenth annual Darwin Day activities set for Wednesday, Feb. 13, at IU Northwest

‘Evolution, Ecology and Variation’ is the theme of this year’s celebration of science and the humanities in honor of Charles Darwin’s 199th birthday

The Indiana University Northwest Anthropology Club will host its 10th annual celebration of evolutionist Charles Darwin’s birthday on Wednesday, Feb. 13, starting at 12 p.m. in Room 105C of the Library Conference Center, located on the Gary campus at 134 W. 35th Avenue. The event will feature four presentations related to ecology, evolution and natural variation, along with other fun activities. Refreshments will be served, including birthday cake in honor of Darwin.

The event will run until approximately 2:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public. For more information on Darwin Day at IU Northwest, visit the Web at

This year’s featured Darwin Day speakers include: IU Northwest Assistant Professor of Biology Michael LaPointe, Ph.D., who will discuss the genetics of disease and the impact of our environment on health and illness; Assistant Professor of Psychology Karl Nelson, Ph.D., who will discuss the influence of evolution in mate selection and jealousy; IU Northwest Assistant Professor of Biology Peter Avis, Ph.D., who will deliver the presentation “How Mutations Saved My Fungus-Loving Life”; and IU Northwest anthropology and English student Jacqueline Lipski, who will recount her field experiences working at an archaeology site in Belize. Each presentation will last between 15 and 20 minutes and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

In addition to the featured presentations, Darwin Day at IU Northwest will feature songs and other fun activities. The high point of the celebration will come at 1 p.m., when anthropology students and guests will gather to cut Darwin’s birthday cake. Also, Darwin T-shirts and other memorabilia will be available for sale.

Darwin Day at IU Northwest is part of a much larger international day of recognition of science and the humanities in honor of Darwin, whose theories of evolution and natural selection altered scientific thought forever. For more information on the international observance of Darwin Day, visit the Web at

The public is invited to attend Darwin Day at IU Northwest and participate in the ongoing discussion about the famed scientist’s theories and discoveries and how they apply to science and the everyday world today. The IU Northwest Anthropology Club is pleased to present this campus program to the Northwest Indiana community.



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Christopher Sheid

Michelle Searer

Related Links

IU Northwest Darwin Day

International Darwin Day

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