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BHSU to host Darwin200 to commemorate Darwin's impact on science

BHSU will host a Darwin200 seminar Friday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. in Jonas 305. Throughout the year, BHSU will host seminar speakers (featuring prominent evolutionary biologists, philosophers, etc.) or videos as part of BHSU’s science seminar series.

Black Hills State University is joining Darwin200, a consortium of museums and academic institutions commemorating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, as a part of the University’s participation in the nationally recognized Year of Science 2009.

BHSU will host a Darwin200 seminar Friday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. in Jonas 305. Throughout the year, BHSU will host seminar speakers (featuring prominent evolutionary biologists, philosophers, etc.) or videos as part of BHSU’s science seminar series.

This first seminar is a video featuring, E. O. Wilson in “Darwin and the Future of Biology.” Wilson, a Pelegrino University research professor, as well as an emeritus in the Museum of Comparative Biology and the department of organismic and evolutionary biology at Harvard University, is widely recognized as one of the foremost evolutionary biologists of our time. He is a great communicator of general biological knowledge and has been honored with two Pulitzer Prize awards in general non-fiction.  This presentation is open to the public at no charge.

The year-long Darwin200 celebrates the impact that Darwin's ideas about evolution, as well as his approach to the understanding of the natural world and his outstanding example as a scientist, continue to have on our lives. The celebrations are centered on Darwin’s 200th birthday in February 2009.

Darwin is now a household name whose ideas over the last 150 years have revolutionized the understanding of nature. Darwin challenged the thinking of the day because his observations - that every living thing is related and belongs to one big family - placed humans firmly within the natural world.

As the following quote from  Lord Rees of Ludlow, The Charles Darwin Trust’s Science Advisory Panel indicate, Darwin’s innovative thoughts are just as important to our lives today.

“Charles Darwin's concept of evolution through natural selection is one of the most illuminating scientific ideas of all time for understanding our biosphere and humanity's place in nature. As an iconic figure, Darwin is matched only by Newton and Einstein - indeed, he has perhaps had a more pervasive influence on human culture than any other scientist.”

This is one of several science presentations BHSU will host this year in conjunction with the Year of Science, a national celebration of the scientific community sharing how science works, why it matters, and who scientists are. BHSU has a strong and growing science department. Biology is one of the three top majors at BHSU.

Future seminar times and dates will be announced throughout the year.
 

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