Darwin Day 2019 (pt 1)

Location: Kollros Auditorium @ Biology Building East

Iowa City Darwin Day is a grand celebration of science and its many contributions to humanity! As in previous years, this year we welcome a slate of world-renowned scientists who will share their research in a series of professional seminars and public talks over two days. 

All events are free and open to the public.

DAY 1: Friday, February 22, Kollros Auditorium, Biology Building East

  • 2:30 pm   Reception
  • 3:00 pm  "Health and Survival in the Context of Medieval Mortality Crises." Sharon DeWitte
  • 3:45 pm  "In Crypts and Cabinets: A Molecular Study of Smallpox" Ana Duggan
  • 4:30 pm   Intermission & Reception
  • 4:45 pm "Evolutionary Stability, the Apical Brain Enigma, and Exuberant Divergence." Nicholas Strausfeld

DAY 2: Saturday, February 23 Macbride Hall Auditorium

  •   9:00 am   Coffee and pastries
  •   9:30 am  “Odd Animal Eyes: Insights into Evolution and Biotechnology." Jeanne Serb 
  • 10:00 am  "Time Traveling: What Our Brains Share with the Brains of Beetles." Nicholas Strausfeld
  • 11:00 am  "Ancient DNA and Historical Disease" Ana Duggan
  • 12:00 pm  "Past and Present Emerging Infectious Diseases." Sharon DeWitte
  •   1:00 pm   Darwin's Birthday Party in the Hageboeck Hall of Birds.
  •   3:00 pm  Screening of the movie Contagion and discussion with Sharon DeWitte at FilmScene.


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Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Deirdre Egan in advance at or deirdre-egan@uiowa.edu