NMU Biology Department Hosts Darwin Week Events

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The Northern Michigan University biology department has planned four events next week around Charles Darwin’s birthdate. All are free and open to the public. Darwin was born Feb. 12, 1809. He is best-known for his contributions to evolutionary theory and his related book, On the Origin of Species.

The first event is a showing of the PBS documentary, Your Inner Fish, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9, in 1322 Jamrich Hall. Anatomist Neil Shubin takes a new look at evolution. Using fossils, embryos and genes, he reveals how human bodies are the legacy of ancient fish, reptiles and primates. A Q&A session with NMU biology faculty will follow the film.

A one-man show by Steve Waller titled Darwin Live! is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in 1322 Jamrich Hall. Waller developed the presentation and will portray Darwin on his long and complicated journey to publish On the Origin of Species, which has been voted the most influential academic book in history. Waller previously portrayed John Muir in a production.

Two events are planned on Thursday, Feb.11. A Frozen Fossils snow sculpture competition on the academic mall will feature students building their favorite creatures—living or extinct—to win prizes. Judging takes place at 4 p.m. NMU biology professor Neil Cumberlidge will present “Where Did We Come From? New Genetic Evidence For Human Evolution” as part of the Science on Tap series at 7 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. 

For more information, contact the NMU biology department at 227-2310.

Prepared By
Molly Egelkraut
Student Writer