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ECU biologist Jason Bond, left, invokes curiosity and some trepidation while showing a tarantula to a school tour group in the Howell Science Complex Feb. 12. The tours were part of the university’s Darwin Day celebration, marking the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. The Department of Biology and Bond allowed interested parties to name a trapdoor spider in exchange for a donation to biodiversity research scholarship at ECU. Winning donors were Danny Paul and Pam Tripp of Dunn, who named their spider dantrippi; and Phil Evans and Cindy Putnam-Evans (Biology), who will name the their spider for their son, Nathaniel. An anonymous donor raised the final total to $10,000. (Photo by Cliff Hollis.)

This page originally appeared in the March 20, 2009 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at