Celebrate Darwin’s birthday with ECU biologists!
Special invitation to Middle and High School Teachers:
The Department of Biology invites teachers to its celebration of Darwin’s 200th birthday to be held on February 12, 2009.
Free workshops for middle school science teachers and high school biology teachers will be provided from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. A snack supper will be provided for participating teachers. Teachers also have the option of completing an implementation project through the Center for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education for 1.0 CEU. Details will be available at the workshop. Please register by Friday, February 6, 2009.
The biology department will provide tours of the Howell Science Complex on the ECU campus from 6-7:30 p.m., beginning outside of room B103. Tours will offer participants a chance to see and learn about spiders, fish embryos, bird behavior, exotic greenhouse plants, biotechnology and more. The public will be given a chance to participate in Biologist Jason Bond’s naming of a new spider species.
At 7:30 p.m., in B103 Howell Science Complex, in his presentation on “Spiders, Biodiversity and the Future of Life,” Jason Bond will discuss biology, the biodiversity crisis and the links between biodiversity and human welfare. To conclude the event, the winning spider-naming donation will be announced, immediately followed by a reception with beverages and hors d’oeuvres, including edible insects.
A second event at ECU that would interest science teachers is a lecture by Dr. Eugenie Scott, a researcher and an activist in the creationism/evolution controversy for over twenty-five years. She has spoken to many teacher groups and her writings have been helpful to teachers who value the clarity she provides. She will be speaking at Wright Auditorium on the ECU campus on January 27, 2009 at 7:00 PM, presenting a lecture entitled Darwin’s Legacy in Science and Society. Her appearance is a part of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series. Tickets are required.