Monday, February 9, 2009

Darwin Celebration 2009

Charles Darwin would be 200 on February 12th. To celebrate and improve the understanding of his legacy, professors at Duquesne University have coordinated "Darwin Celebration 2009" with events and partners all over the region. One of two speaker series kicks off tonight at the Drue Heinz Lectures with principal biographer and Harvard professor Janet Browne.

There will be something about Darwin at the National Aviary, the Pittsburgh Zoo, Phipps Conservatory, the Children's Museum, and the Carnegie Library and Museum of Natural History. In "Synthetic Darwin", a permanent exhibit that's opened at the Carnegie Science Center, an actor answers 199 questions Pittsburghers said they'd like to ask Charles Darwin.

Duquesne Biology Professor John Pollock says Darwin's discoveries about evolution--the basis of modern biology and medicine--are as fundamental and indisputable as Sir Isaac Newton's explanation of gravity.

2009 is also the 150th year since publication of Darwin's discoveries in "Origin of Species". In addition to Duquesne University, some funding for the exhibits and lectures is from a SEPA award from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

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