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Mark your calendar and plan to attend!

Darwin Day: Sunday, February 13, 2011 from 1 pm to 4:45 pm

Texas Memorial Museum at 2400 Trinity St. (2 blocks north of UT stadium)

Free admission!

Travel on your own voyage of discovery as you examine specimens from the TNSC collections similar to those that Darwin saw during his journey while aboard the HMS Beagle, investigate how Darwin's observations led him to develop fundamental theories of evolution, and learn more about Darwin's influence on modern day science.

FREE activities include:

Ongoing: Arts and crafts, exploration of TNSC specimens at booths hosted by University of Texas at Austin scientists, and digging in the Fossil Dig Pit

Talks by University of Texas at Austin scientists:

1:30 pmEvolution and Biodefense: presented by Dr. Andrew D. Ellington, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

2:15 pm–Tracking Texas Dinosaurs: presented by Dr. Pamela R. Owen, Senior Paleontology Educator, Texas Natural Science Center

3:00 pmDarwin's “Abominable Mystery”: The Early Evolutionary History of Flowering Plants: presented by Dr. Lisa D. Boucher, Associate Professor of Biology, University of Nebraska at Omaha (Visiting Scholar at UT-Austin)

3:45 pmHow Does Evolution Help Us Understand Behavior?: presented by Dr. Molly Cummings, Associate Professor, Section of Integrative Biology

ATTENTION TEACHERS: Receive 4 hours of continuing professional education credit and Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature by Brian Switek for attending Darwin Day. Space is limited in the teacher training session. The cost is free, but registration is required. Teachers register now.

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Texas Memorial Museum is part of UT-Austin's Texas Natural Science Center. 

Regular hours:  Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. 
Location:  2400 Trinity Street (2 blocks north of the UT stadium)


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UT-Austin's Texas Natural Science Center is comprised of four units:  the Texas Memorial Museum, the Vertebrate Paleontology Lab, the Non-vertebrate Paleontology Lab, and the Texas Natural History Collections. 

Mission: to encourage awareness and appreciation of the interplay of biological, geological and environmental forces as they have shaped, are shaping and will shape our world. 
The Center's leading-edge research, conducted in the disciplines of biology, geology and paleontology, has produced a collection of 6 million specimens, most of which are from Texas and many of which are unique and irreplaceable.  All educational outreach programs and exhibits at the Texas Memorial Museum are based on these specimens, spotlighting evolution, dinosaurs and fossils, Texas wildlife, and gems and minerals.  The Center is the leader in science enrichment for Central Texas, with educational outreach that includes teacher training workshops, K-12 classroom presentations, public events, partnerships with other science organizations, and a website featuring educational materials for teachers and students.