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Join us for Darwin Day!

Sunday, February 10, 2013 from 1:00-4:45pm

Texas Memorial Museum -- 2 blocks north of the UT football stadium - Free event for the entire family!


Join us for Darwin Day—a free, family-friendly event celebrating the 204th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth and the 154th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species.

Travel on your own voyage of discovery as you explore specimens from the Texas Natural Science Center's 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 for the entire family, including talks by UT-Austin scientists, arts and crafts, digging in the Fossil Dig Pit, and booths hosted by UT-Austin scientists!

Talk Schedule:
1:15 p.m. - Watching the evolution of bacteria in real time: presented by Dr. Jeffrey Barrick, Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
2:00 p.m. - Evolution of social brains: presented by Ms. Rayna M. Harris, Graduate Student, Section of Integrative Biology, Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology
2:45 p.m. - Title is coming soon: presented by Dr. Randy Linder, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology
3:30 p.m. - On choosing a home in stickleback fish: lake or stream? Presented by Ms. "Kelsey" Yuexin Jiang, Graduate Student in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
4:15 p.m. - Eyes and their beholders: How different animals have evolved to see the world: presented by Ms. Gina Calabrese, Graduate Student in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior

For a full schedule of events or more information, visit

For more information contact Christina Cid at 512-232-5509 or