It’s that time of year again when Freethinkers, Nature and Science buffs all gather together and celebrate the birth of Charles Darwin.
Is this Xmas for Atheists? No, it’s more like Martin Luther King Day.
Saturday February 12, 2011 Noon- 5:00 pm
Broward College North Campus Bldg. 47
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd. Coconut Creek, FL 33065
There will be science displays, raffles and door prizes with activities specifically for children, as well as free birthday cake. Lunch and snacks will be provided by the Broward College Science Club and available for a small donation. There is no admission charge to this special event.
The Sawgrass Nature Center will offer a live animal presentation relating to animal adaptation.
The program will include a series of speakers who will focus on the contributions of Darwin’s ideas to various aspects of modern science.
Dr. Kevin Folta is an Associate Professor of Horticultural Sciences and the Graduate Program in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Florida. His presentation will focus on what the new practices of genome sequencing are teaching us about evolution. Once you have a parts list it is easy to compare the parts between organisms and identify the specific parts that affect variations in morphology or development. The human and chimp comparisons are absolutely amazing, and we have some from plants too. The activities in Kevin Folta’s laboratory extend from two broad research interests. The first is how light interacts with plants to tailor development and physiology to best match environmental conditions. The second laboratory focus derives from the newly emerging analysis of the strawberry (Fragaria sp.) genome. Dr. Folta is the contributing author of the strawberry genome sequence to Nature Genetics and spearheads several international projects in strawberry functional genomics, genetic fingerprinting and marker-assisted breeding.
AronRa is well-known to the internet, YouTube and blogger world as a champion of science and evolution. His well-formulated and highly accurate video series has been recommended and referenced by professional scientists and educators. He is acknowledged as among the most influential internet activists for rationalism in science education. (AronRa was a big hit last year and should be again this year.)
A reception featuring the speakers and guests will follow the presentations. A donation of $10 is requested. For more information or call 954-345-1181
If you don’t live in South Florida or can’t escape the snow and ice as many of our snowbirds do, you can find other celebrations around the country at the Darwin Day site which lists 352 events scheduled for Darwin Day 2011.
“Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge: it is those who know little, not those who know much, who so positively assert that this or that problem will never be solved by science.” Charles Darwin