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Darwin Day: Celebrating Science & Humanity

For its sixth year running, Darwin Day returns to Minot State University Feb. 13-14. Darwin Day is a global celebration of science and reason, with a focus on how all living creatures evolve.

MSU’s Darwin Day celebration begins with a presentation by Nicole Pietrantoni, “A Glitch in the Matrix: Variation and the Evolving Print” in Hartnett Hall 215, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. That evening at 7 p.m. in Cyril Moor Science Center Dr. Yuri Wolf will talk about “Evolving Ideas: Paradigm Shifts in Evolutionary Biology from Darwin’s Times to the Age of Genomics”.

Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. there will be a variety of student activities taking place in the Beaver Dam and the MSU greenhouse: eye evolution demonstration; art activities; evolution movies; evolution board games; greenhouse “Ancient plants” tours. Pietrantoni will lecture on “Spectacular Landscapes: Ghosting the Natural World” at noon in Hartnett Hall – Aleshire Theatre. The finale of the two day celebration will be a presentation by Dr. Heather Eisthen, “Tainted Love: Origin and Evolution of Pheromones in Salamanders” in Cyril Moore Science Center, 7 p.m.

“Darwin Day is a celebration of science and humanity, and this year celebrate it with the one you love on Valentine’s Day,” said Heidi Super, department of biology chair.

For questions, contact Super at 858-3079 or

Published: 02/14/14

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