International Darwin Day 2019 will be held Tuesday, February 12, and hosted by the EvoS Club. Stay tuned for updates on planned speakers and activities!
Evolutionary Studies Club members showing their admiration for Charles Darwin during the Fossil Day 2018 event at the Alabama Museum of Natural History. Darwin was born February 12, 1809, and published his theory of evolution in the book, “On the Origin of Species” in 1859.
Past Darwin Day Events
Southeastern Evolutionary Perspectives Society 2016
Inaugural Conference (Darwin Day 2016)
Darwin Day Colloquium 2015
Presented by the Evolutionary Studies Club
The keynote speaker is Kilian Garvey, Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Louisiana in Monroe. The colloquium was held in Smith Hall 100 (In the Alabama Museum of Natural History) Thursday, February 12 from 12pm-5pm. We will be hosting a cake and music video contest and academic and creative presentations.
Sherrie Alexander “An Overview of Macaque Adaptive Radiation and the Resulting Complexities of Human-Macaque Interactions” Ashley Daugherty, and Melinda Carr “Fireside Relaxation: A Burning Question”
About Dr. Garvey: Dr. Kilian James Garvey is an Evolutionary Psychology at the University of Louisiana – Monroe. He received his doctorate in cognitive neuropsychology at the University of Toledo studying the laterality of episodic and semantic memory but found human non-optimal decision making much more interesting. He explores evolutionary cognitive mechanisms such as bounded rationality, error management theory, and motivated social cognition to help explain apparent irrational beliefs in rational people.
About Dr. Garvey’s talk: The rate of public acceptance of evolution in the United States is, in spite of overwhelming empirical evidence, lower than that of every other scientifically advanced nation. Most explorations of this widespread public rejection of the theory of evolution have focused on socio-political factors such as level of education, religious affiliation, and political orientation. In light of what is known about the mechanisms of evolved cognitive architecture, bounded rationality, and motivated social cognition, it may be surprising that a complex biological postulate with deep existential significance like natural selection is accepted at all. This presentation will explore individual differences in cognitive style, affective vulnerabilities, and moral reasoning behind the failure to “believe” in Darwinian evolution.
2014 Darwin Day Colloquium
Wednesday, February 12, 12-5 PM
Alabama Museum of Natural History (Smith Hall), Room 205
Keynote speaker: Dr. Steven Platek, Department of Psychology, Gwinnett College KEYNOTE CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
- 12:00: Dr. Leslie J. Rissler, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, The University of Alabama. “This View of Life: How Understanding Evolution Can Transform You.”
- 1:10: Dr. Dana J. Ehret, Curator of Paleontology, The Alabama Museum of Natural History. “Darwin and Paleontology: A Hunt for the Missing Intermediates.”
- 1:50: Dr. Erik Peterson, Assistant Professor, Dept. of History, The University of Alabama. “Am I Not a Man and a Brother? Why Darwin Opposed Slavery–and Americans Opposed Darwin.”
- 2:30: TBA
- 2:50: Lauren Pratt, “Human Evolution at the Hearth: The Influence of Fire on Human Psychophysiology.”
- 3:10: J. Brett Smith, Geological Survey of Alabama. “Beyond Paleo and Towards Ancestral Health.”
- 3:30: Break, Cake Competition and refreshments, K-12 student poster exhibit.
4:00: Dr. Steven Platek, Associate Professor of Psychology at GA Gwinnett College.CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER 5:30-7:00: Movie (TBA)CANCELED
2013 Darwin Day Research Colloquium
Tuesday, February 12, 2-5 PM
UA Ferguson Center, Ballroom
Keynote speaker: Dr. Jaime Cloud, Department of Psychology, Birmingham Southern
- 2:00: Jessica King – Introduction
- 2:05: Dr. Michael Sandel “A Hard NUMT to Crack: Characterizing Mitochondrial Pseudogenes in Genomes of healthy and Malignant Human Cells”
- 2:25: Malia Bunt “A Study in Human Habitat Selection and the Biophilia Hypothesis”
- 2:45: J. Brett Smith “The Prospect of Darwinian Self-help”
- 3:05: Brandi Lowe “Heritability of the Shy-Bold Continuum”
- 3:25: Dr. Patrick A. Frantom “Evolution of Allosteric Regulation in a Multi-domain Enzyme”
- 3:45: Erica Schumann “Group Selection in Religious Communities: Assessing Sustainability in Unitarian Universalism”
- 4:25: Break
- 5:00: Dr. Jaime Cloud “The Meaning of Beauty: Cues of Women’s Fertility and Reproductive Value”