Darwin Day returns
After a one-year hiatus, Darwin Day returns to Minot State University Feb. 13-15. The focus of MSU's Darwin Day, celebrated through a confluence of humanities, science and art, is evolution's relevance to everyday life.
Heidi Richter, alumna and scientific illustrator, will open Darwin Day Feb. 13 with her presentation "Visualizing evolution" in Cyril Moore 213, 1-2 p.m.
Feb. 14, Richter will discuss "Art applied to science" in Hartnett 202E, 9-10 a.m. That evening from 7 to 8 p.m.in Cyril Moore 16, Smithsonian and North Dakota paleontologist Tyler Lyson will talk about "How dinosaurs lived and why they went extinct."
Feb 15, Richter will demonstrate live scientific illustration in the Beaver Dam, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with music provided by local bands. Josh Hoeks, ecological interactive sculpture artist, will present "Collaboration" in Aleshire Theater, noon-1 p.m. Lyson will speak about "Origins of turtles and their shell" in Moore 213, 1-2 p.m. And Andrea Donovan, assistant humanities professor, will discuss "Why Art and Science Can Co-Exist" in Aleshire Theater, 2-3 p.m.
"We're celebrating evolution's role as it pertains to many facets of life, everything from art to science," said Chris Beachy, biology professor and Darwin Day 2013 organizer. "We strive each year to make this a humanities event for the general public."
"What does evolution mean to you?" an artists' exhibition, will be displayed in the Beaver Dam Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Then, it will be moved to 62 doors Gallery for that evening's Darwin Day reception and award ceremony, 7 p.m.-midnight.
Art and writing contests with cash prizes are featured in this year's Darwin Day. These cash-prize contests include restricted divisions for high school and middle school students.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://msubiology.info.