Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Darwin Week Lectures

Posted By on February 8, 2011, 12:05 PM

This Saturday, Feb. 12, marks the 202nd birthday of Charles Darwin. What are you doing to celebrate? ---

In honor of the groundbreaking natural selection pioneer, the University of Utah is offering several lectures this week on the influence of evolution on scientific theory. Tonight (Feb. 8) at 6:30 p.m., Nobel Prize-winning geneticist Mario Capecchi will discuss how principles of evolutionary theory impacted his research into targeting genes for research to induce mutations. Tomorrow (Feb. 9), philosophy professor Matt Haber discusses how Darwin's ideas have shaped history; Thursday (Feb. 10) features a lecture by paleontology professor Mark Loewen on dinosaur evolution. And philosophy professor Anya Plutynski speaks Friday (Feb. 11) about her work on the philosophy of science and evolutionary biology.

 All lectures begin at 6:30 p.m., held in room 220 of the Aline Wilmot Skaggs Biology Building on the University of Utah campus, and are free and open to the public; parking at the stadium is free after 6 p.m.

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