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Zoology of the Beagle Image Courtesy of Dr. John van Wyhe at the Darwin Online Project


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Piers Hale and Joe Cain
Book Exhibit of first editions for the Darwinian Revolution class
Michael Ruse lecture
Richard Dawkins, Rosemary Knapp and Richard Broughton
Richard Dawkins and Darwin 2009 Students
John van Wyhe
Students travel from Texas and Illinois to hear Dawkins speak
Bernie Lightman
Joe Cain
Edward Wison spoke at Chicasha, OK
Darwin's Beetles
John Beatty setting up at SNOMNH
John Lynch becomes an Oklahoma Sooner
Darwin night at the Museum
Tamara Holmes, Richard Dawkins, Piers Hale
Students travel from Texas and Illinois to hear Dawkins speak
John Lynch teaching the OSLEP Seminar February 11th to 15th
Darwinian Revolution course flyer
John van Wyhe
John Beatty receives a Darwin 2009 shirt March 12th
Richard Dawkins and Darwin 2009 Students
Book Exhibit of first editions for the Darwinian Revolution class
Darwin's Beetles
Paul White
John Beatty receives a Darwin 2009 shirt March 12th
Joe Cain
John Lynch teaching the OSLEP Seminar February 11th to 15th
John van Wyhe
Book Exhibit of first editions for the Darwinian Revolution class
Darwin Cake
Darwinian Revolution course flyer
Edward Wison spoke at Chicasha, OK
Richard Dawkins and Darwin 2009 Students
Darwin Cake
John Lynch teaching the OSLEP Seminar February 11th to 15th
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Book Exhibit of first editions for the Darwinian Revolution class
Finches from the Zoology of the Beagle courtesy of the Darwin Online Project
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Robert Trivers
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About Darwin 2009
Events Calendar

The OU Darwin 2009 series of events has been a great success. The steering committee wishes to extent its thanks to all who participated and made the whole year such a success.

October 10-January 18, 2010:
"Darwin at the Museum" An exhibition at the SNOMNH 
"Darwin at the Museum" is a unique exhibition for Darwin 2009, and a chance to see a rare and valuable collection of Darwin's life's work dedicated to exploring and explaining evolution presented in the context of specimens and artifacts that demonstrate the various elements of his theory. On display will be numerous artifacts and specimens from the collections of the Museum alongside a complete set of first editions of the printed works of Charles Darwin from the History of Science Collections of the University of Oklahoma Libraries.
Free to Museum Members and registered OU students.
For more information contact Kerry Magruder: kmagruder@ou.edu

"Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history..."

Fall 2009 Past Events
August 27:
History of Science Colloquium Series:
Stephen Weldon (OU History of Science)
"Hopes, Fears, and Discontent in America:  Four Decades of Anti-Evolutionism and Anti-Creationism"
SNOMNH, Kerr Auditorium, 7:00pm.
Weldon explores the underlying concerns of activists engaged in debates over evolution and creationism from the 1960s to the present day.  Why has this particular series of confrontations been so tenacious in America?  What are the political and religious agendas that have driven different groups of people to get involved?  The talk exposes some common myths and misconceptions embraced by partisans on both sides and concludes with some suggestions about possible ways to refocus the debates on more salient issues.
Free and open to the public.
contact: Stephen Weldon: spweldon@ou.edu

September 2:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Ari Berkowitz
(OU Zoology)
"Spinal cord control of limb movements by a combination of multifunctional and specialised neurons"
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu

September 5:
Teachers' Evolution Workshop:
Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education
(OESE), in conjunction with the University of Oklahoma Biological Station (OUBS) and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (SNOMNH), is organizing a professional development workshop on Teaching Evolution in the 21st Century for Oklahoma high school science teachers and undergraduate and graduate students in science education.  The workshop will be held on Saturday September 5, 2009 from 9:30AM to 5:30 PM at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman, OK.
Cost per person (to cover text materials) will be $25.  Deadline for registration and payment of fee will be August 1, 2009.  Places are limited to 30 registrants. 
Registration forms and payment information are on-line from: OESE
Further information is also available here.

September 8:
SNOMNH Public seminar Series: "In Discussion with Darwin"
 Piers J. Hale (OU, History of Science)
“Difficulties on Theory”
Darwin anticipated that there might be many objections raised against his theory of evolution by Natural Selection.  In this seminar we will read and discuss both Natural Selection as Darwin described it and his answers to some anticipated problems. 

Participants will need to pre-register
SNOMNH Members: $10 per seminar;  non-members: $15 per seminar
Contact Deborah Kay: dkay@ou.edu

September 9:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Barry Ganetzky,
(University of Wisconsin-Madison)
"Genes and pathways regulating synaptic development in Drosophila"
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu

September 10:
Religious Studies Outreach Program and the History of Science Department:
Keith Miller
(Research Ass't Prof., Geology, Kansas State University)
"An Evolving Creation: A Personal Perspective on Science and Faith"
Nielson Hall, Rm.270, 6:30pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Kerry Magruder: kmagruder@ou.edu

September 11:
Religious Studies Outreach Program and the History of Science Department:

Keith Miller
(Research Ass't Prof., Geology, Kansas State University)
"Evangelicals, Evolution and the Nature of Science"
Nielson Hall, Rm.270, 3:30pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Kerry Magruder: kmagruder@ou.edu

September 15:
Darwin 2009 invitational lecture:
Lynn Fowler
(Charles Darwin Foundation & Linbald Expedition, Galapagos)
"Charles Darwin: Exploring Galapagos and the Charles Darwin Foundation Today"
This talk will focus on Darwin's visit to the Galapagos archipelago, what he noticed there, and what he did not, and how his observations influenced his theory of evolution. Fowler will then outline the current situation in Galapagos and the role of the Charles Darwin Foundation as they strive to preserve these magical "Islas Encantadas" for the benefit of us all "
SNOMNH, Kerr Auditorium, 7:00pm.
Free and open to the public.

September 16:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Bing Zhang,
(OU Zoology)
"A journey through the fruit fly synapse with clathrin partners"
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu

September 21:
David Ross Boyd Lecture in Philosophy (first of a three lecture series)
Elliott Sober (Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison).
"Darwin and Intelligent Design"
Notice, new location: Dale Hall Rm. 128, 5:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
For more information contact Wayne Riggs: wriggs@ou.edu

September 22:
SNOMNH Public seminar Series: "In Discussion with Darwin"
Rich Broughton (Department of Zoology)
"Has Macroevolution Been Misunderestimated?"
This seminar discussion will focus on the lack of a fundamental difference between micro- and macroevolution (as the terms are commonly used).  It will use molecular data to examine the basis of taxonomic groups and explore examples of evolutionary divergence in nature.
Participants will need to pre-register
SNOMNH Members: $10 per seminar;  non-members: $15 per seminar
Contact Deborah Kay: dkay@ou.edu

September 23:
David Ross Boyd Lecture in Philosophy (second of a three lecture series)
Elliott Sober (Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison).
"Did Darwin write the Origin Backwards?"
Notice, new location: Dale Hall Rm. 128, 5:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
For more information contact Wayne Riggs: wriggs@ou.edu

September 23:

Zoology Seminar Series:
Ralph Tiedemann, (University of Potsdam)

Radiation in African wekly electric fishes: An example of ecological speciation?
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu

September 25:
David Ross Boyd Lecture in Philosophy (third of a three lecture series)
Elliott Sober (Hans Reichenbach Professor and William F. Vilas Research Professor at the University of Wisconsin - Madison).
"Darwin and Group Selection"
Notice, new location: Dale Hall Rm. 128, 5:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
For more information contact Wayne Riggs: wriggs@ou.edu

September 29:
Darwin Night at the Museum:
The SNOMNH has organised a night at the Museum to remember in Darwin Night at the Museumcelebration of the life and work of Charles Darwin.
The Museum galleries will be open until 11:00pm free of charge and the museums curator of invertebrate paleontology Dr. Stephen Westop will give a lecture on the evolutionary history of life on earth. An evening not to be missed!!!
Darwin Night at the Museum:
Dr. Stephen Westrop
(Curator of Invertebrate Paleontology, SNOMNH)
"The Cambrian Explosion and the Burgess Shale: No Dilema for Darwin."
SNOMNH, Kerr Auditorium, 5:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
For more information see: http://news.snomnh.ou.edu/current/DarwinNight.htm

October 6:
SNOMNH Public seminar Series: "In Discussion with Darwin"
Dr. Phil Gibson (Department of Botany and Microbiology, Dept. of Zoology)
“Darwin’s Different Flowers”
While Darwin receives much attention for his work on animals, he was equally influential in the botanical world. This seminar will discuss Darwin’s book On the Different Forms of Flowers on Plants of the Same Species in which he applies his model of evolution by Natural Selection to investigate why some plants produce two or more types of flowers.
Participants will need to pre-register
SNOMNH Members: $10 per seminar;  non-members: $15 per seminar
Contact Deborah Kay: dkay@ou.edu

October 7:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Jennifer Grindstaff,
(OSU, Zoology)
Ecological immunology: integrating costs and benefits of immune responses across generations
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu

October 9:
History of Science Colloquium Series:
Richard Hamerla
(OU, Honors College)
"Intelligent Design in Post-Bellum America? The Case of Edward Williams Morley and the Theory of Heat."
Neilson Hall, Rm. 270. 3:30pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Kerry Magruder: kmagruder@ou.edu

October 13:JBS Haldane
History of Science Colloquium Series:
Krishna Dronamraju
(Foundation for Gentic Research, Houston)
"J.B.S. Haldane and the making of Darwinian genetics".

Nobel Prize nominnee, and student of the late J.B.S. Haldane, Krishna Dronamraju will talk about the life and work of the controversial and outspoken Marxist, atheist and evolutionist.
Sam Kerr Auditorium, SNOMNH, 7:00pm
Free and open to the public
Contact Piers J. Hale phale@ou.edu

October 14:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Krishna Dronamraju
(Foundation for Genetic Research, Houston)
"J.B.S. Haldane, Ernst Mayr and Beanbag Genetics"
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu

October 21:
Zoology Seminar Series:
George Uetz
(University of Cincinnati, Zoology)
Can you hear me now? The importance of multimodal communication in mating behavior of spiders
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu

October 22:
Oklahoma State University, Zoology Seminar Series:
Kenneth Miller (Division of Biology & Medicine, Brown University)
Title TBA
Seratean Center, OSU, Stillwater, 3:30 pm.
NB: THIS EVENT IS AT OSU, STILLWATER.
Contact Marsh Flasch: marsha.flasch@okstate.edu

October 23:
Writing Fiction for Young Adults

with Darwin authors Carolyn Meyer and Anne Weaver
N orman Public Library, 225 N. Webster, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Got a great story rolling around in your head? Do you love to write? Are you fascinated by people from the past? Want to learn how to talk to publishers? Join historical fiction author Carolyn Meyer (The True Adventures of Charley Darwin) and scientist and author Anne Weaver (The Voyage of the Beetle: A Journey Around the World with Charles Darwin….[from a beetle’s viewpoint]) for an evening of reading, writing, and conversation. The authors will discuss the process of researching historical figures, fiction writing, and writing for young readers. This workshop is open to adults and teens who love to write!
Sponsored by the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

October 24:
Explore with Darwin Family Day

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 1:00-4:00pmFamily Day
2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, Oklahoma
Join us for an exciting adventure as we celebrate the discoveries of Charles Darwin! Authors Carolyn Meyer and Anne Weaver will read selections from their books about Darwin and his travels on the H.M.S. Beagle and signing books! Visit the “Darwin at the Museum” exhibit, featuring first editions of all of Darwin’s books. Then take a journey of your own as you explore the museum, and imagine what it might be like to discover new places. Complete your adventure with a fun Darwin-inspired craft to take home! Check the museum web site for a complete schedule of events, www.snomnh.ou.edu. This event is open to the public and free with museum admission.

October 27:
SNOMNH Public Seminar Series: "In Discussion with Darwin"
Cecil Lewis (Department of Anthropology)

"Race and Genetics in Health"
 Are traditionally identified human "races" biologically meaningful? Are racial classifications useful in genetic disease research? This seminar discussion will address these questions. The practical importance of human evolution studies will be illuminated.
Participants will need to pre-register
SNOMNH Members: $10 per seminar;  non-members: $15 per seminar
Contact Deborah Kay: dkay@ou.edu

October 28:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Hong Chen,
(Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation)
"Epsin-Mediated Endocytosis Regulates Notch and VEGF signaling in Tumor Angiogenesis"
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu

October 30:
History of Science Colloquium Series:
Larry Frank
(Emeritus, OU English Department)
"This quintessence of dust: Charles Dickens' 'Our Mutual Friend' and the Darwinian movement".
Neilson Hall, Rm.270, 3:30pm
Free and open to the public
Contact Kerry Magruder: kmagruder@ou.edu

November 2:
"Darwinathon"

8:00am to 8:00pm Meacham Auditorium, Student's Union.
Free and open to the public.
OU Faculty and Students present 12 hours of ongoing research that relies upon or is informed by evolution and evolutionary concepts. Each presentation will be only 15 minutes in length, demonstrating the depth and breadth of research on this campus that takes Darwinian ideas as their starting point. For a full schedule click [Darwinathon].
Contact: Ingo Schlupp: schlupp@ou.edu

November 5: Janet Browne
History of Science Colloquium Series: 
Janet Browne
, (History of Science, Harvard University)
"Two hundred years of Darwin:  The role of anniversaries in the history of biology."
Great Hall, SNOMNH. 6:00pm
The Darwin exhibition in the gallery will be open to the public after the talk.
Free and open to the public.
For more information contact Kerry Magruder: kmagruder@ou.edu

November 11:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Robert Trivers
(Rutgers University)
"Selfish genetic elements"
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu

November 12:
Closing Darwin 2009 Public Lecture:
Robert Trivers
(Anthropology and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University)
"Deceit and self-deception"
Kerr Auditorium, SNOMNH. 7:00pm.
Perhaps the most significant evolutonary theorist in the world alive today.
Free and open to the public.
For more information contact Ingo Sclupp: schlupp@ou.edu

November 17:
SNOMNH Public Seminar Series: "In Discussion with Darwin"
Dr. Ola Fincke (Department of Zoology)

"Beyond Darwin: How Evo-Devo Research Offers Stunning Confirmation of Darwin's View of Complexity " 
Darwin postulated that complexity evolved via Natural Selection from less complex parts. Armed with a battery of new genetic tools, researchers are in the process of confirming that Darwin's view was of complexity was basically correct.  In this session we will discuss the radical and surprising insights that Evo-Devo research offers for macroevolution.
Participants will need to pre-register
SNOMNH Members: $10 per seminar;  non-members: $15 per seminar
Contact Deborah Kay: dkay@ou.edu

November 18:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Benjamin White
(NIH)
"Genetic dissection of neural circuits underlying behaviour in fruit flies"
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu

December 2:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Todd Palmer
(University of Florida)
Ants, plants and elephants: long-term dynamics of a multi-species mutualism
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu


December 8:
SNOMNH Public Seminar Series: "In Discussion with Darwin"
Dr. Ingo Schlupp (Department of Zoology)

“The Origin of Sexual Selection”
Why do males often have elaborate traits that make them attractive for females, but are detrimental to survival? Why are females typically coy and males compete for females? Charles Darwin proposed the theory of Sexual Selection as an answer to these questions.  In our meeting we shall discuss this idea, its history and some aspects of modern research on this topic..
Participants will need to pre-register
SNOMNH Members: $10 per seminar;  non-members: $15 per seminar
Contact Deborah Kay: dkay@ou.edu

December 9:
Zoology Seminar Series:
Alexander Ophir
(OSU Zoology)
"Molecular and neural mechanisms of monogamy: Toward metting Tinbergen's challenge"
George Lynn Cross Hall, Rm. 123. 4:30-6:00pm.
Free and open to the public.
Contact Bing Zhang: bing@ou.edu


"There is grandeur in this view of life...

Charles Darwin image courtesy of British Heritage

Charles Robert Darwin
(1809-1882)

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed, into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning, endless forms, most beautiful and most wonderful, have been and are being, evolved."

On the Origin of Species (1859)

Courses for Fall 2009
HSCI 2213:
"Darwinian Revolution"
Instructor:
Dr. Piers J. Hale

Taught as a Presidential Dreamcourse in the Spring semester, students at the University have another opportunity to take this class. The class meets General Education requirements (Core IV WC). Enrollment is now open.
ANTH 4083:
"Genetic Perspectives on Human Evolution"

Instructor:
Dr. Cecil Lewis

Why evolution is a fact. Are we still evolving? Are racial categories biologically meaningful? What is the practical importance of evolution studies? All this and more... Enrollment now open.

 

Contact Us:
For general enquiries please email us at: DarwinEvents@ou.edu

Co-Chairs of the Darwin 2009 Committee:
Dr. Piers J.Hale:
phale@ou.edu
Prof. Ingo Schlupp:
schlupp@ou.edu
Prof. Barry Weaver: bweaver@ou.edu
Dr. Stephen Weldon:
spweldon@ou.edu


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Dean Bell cuts the Darwin 2009 cake February 12th
Darwin Cake
Stephen Weldon and bernard Lightman
John Beatty and piers Hale
Darwin night at the Museum
John Beatty receives a Darwin 2009 shirt March 12th
Paul White
Joe Cain
Richard Dawkins and Darwin 2009 Students
Book Exhibit of first editions for the Darwinian Revolution class
Richard Dawkins visits the History of Science Collections
John Beatty setting up at SNOMNH
Darwinian Revolution course flyer
Bernie Lightman
Darwin Cake
Joe Cain
John Beatty receives a Darwin 2009 shirt March 12th
Book Exhibit of first editions for the Darwinian Revolution class
Richard Dawkins, Rosemary Knapp and Richard Broughton
Edward Wison spoke at Chicasha, OK
John van Wyhe
Darwin's Beetles
John Lynch teaching the OSLEP Seminar February 11th to 15th
Darwin night at the Museum
Darwinian Revolution course flyer
Joe Cain
Book Exhibit of first editions for the Darwinian Revolution class
Janet Browne
Richard Dawkins visits the History of Science Collections
Darwin night at the Museum
JBS Haldane
Janet Browne
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