Darwin’s Day Activities, February 2007

Darwin’s Day activities
Lawrence, February 12 and Kansas City, February 16 and 17

Monday, February 12, we will celebrate Darwin’s Day at the University of Kansas with a special showing of the award-winning documentary “Flock of Dodos,” preceded by educational and entertaining activities at the Natural History Museum. See the KU website here for more details, and see also The Dodo Gazette.

The following week there will be similar events at Science City in Kansas City.
See below for details.We hope to see you at some of these events.

Darwin’s Day Activities, February 12 at the University of Kansas

Theme: We have come a long way since Darwin.
See here for much prettier information at the KU website!

6:00 pm Museum Activities: Special exhibits and tours of the museum and the Exploring Evolution exhibit will be given

7:30 pm Costume contest: Sponsored by Kansas Citizens for Science

Anyone dressed as Darwin (any age), Muffy Moose, or a Dodo will get in free to the movie “Flock of Dodos” (see Flock of Dodos and The Dodos Gazette), and will get to lead the crowd from the Museum to Woodruff Auditorium for the show.

$100.00 cash prize for winner of each category.
$50.00 cash prize for second

1) Darwin – can be Darwin at any age in his career – judged by audience.
2) Muffy Moose – See Muffy’s weblog for pictures – judged by Muffy from the Denver science museum.
3) Dodos (can be authentic or animated) – judged by the museum biologists and staff

7:45 pm “Flock of Dodos” showing

The cost of the movie and event is $2.00. Tickets will be available through the Gift Shop in the museum

Also, earlier in the day:

12:00 pm Center for Science Education Brown Bag Seminar

“Forms Most Beautiful: Ideas of Evolution at the Molecular Level,” presented by Dr. Richard Schowen.
An understandable description of concepts developed between 1970 and the present of how proteins evolve to higher levels of functionality, and in particular, how enzymes have become better catalysts. The intention is to make the story accessible to any curious adult.
Pine Room of the Kansas Union

Sponsoring Groups:
Center for Science Education
KU Natural History Museum
Biodiversity Institute
Spencer Museum of Art
Kansas Citizens for Science
KU Students for Science
Department of Chemistry
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Department of Geology
Department of Molecular Biosciences
Division of Biological Sciences
Biological Survey
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Department of Anthropology
Department of Psychology

Museum behind the scenes: Docents will lead a few small groups.
1. Herpetology – John Simmons and Linda Trueb
2. Ichthyology – Ed Wiley and Andy Bentley
3. Ornithology – Mark Robbins

Research displays and presentations: set up at tables around the museum by department researchers illustrating how far we have come since Darwin.

1. Stephen Ilardi – evolutionary psychology
2. John Counts and Steve Hasiotis – Trace Fossils
3. Edith Taylor – Fossil Plants
4. Larry Martin and David Burnham – Vertebrate paleontology
5. Zach Falin – Entomology
6. Daphne Fautin – Anemone and coral evolution
7. Jennifer Weghorst – Primate social evolution
8. Deborah Smith – honey bee evolution
9. Rafe Brown – Evolution of frog courtship
10. Ray Pierotti – Natural hybridization in mammals and birds

Darwin’s Day Activities, February 16 and 17 at Science City

Union Station
30 W Pershing Rd, Kansas City, Mo 64108

February 16: Costume contest at 7:00 pm – all in costume get in free. Show at 7:45.

February 17: VIP reception and informal KU research talks at 6: 30, Policy Competitiveness talks at 7:30, show at 8:00

All tickets $5.95. More details later.