Monday, February 12, 2007
KU Darwin Day Activities
KU scientists will have displays and presentations set up around the museum highlighting their current research in evolutionary biology.
Highlights of KU research: Display tables in the museum
- Evolutionary psychology by Stephen Ilardi, the Wright scholar assistant professor of psychology
- Trace fossils and the evolution of animal behavior by John Counts, graduate student in geology, and Stephen T. Hasiotis, associate professor of geology
- Fossil plants by Edith Taylor, professor of ecology
- KU vertebrate paleontology and the orient: Mesozoic birds over China by David Burnham, graduate student in geology, and Larry Martin, professor and curator of vertebrate paleontology
- Corals, anemones, and jellyfish: evolution of an early animal group by Daphne Fautin, professor and senior curator of invertebrate zoology, and Paulyn Cartwright, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology
- Primate social evolution by Jennifer Weghorst, adjunct research associate, Natural History Museum & Biodiversity Research Center
- Honey bee evolution by Deborah Smith, associate professor of entomology
- Evolution of frog courtship by Rafe Brown, assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology
- Hybridization and parental care in mammals and birds by Raymond Pierotti, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.
The Explore Evolution Exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to see the breadth of evolutionary biology and how scientists conduct research into some of these critical scientific ideas. The exhibit is organized into seven areas exploring how evolution works from the very small to the very big - viruses to whales. Members of KU Students for Science will be on hand to help answer questions about the displays.
7:30 pm Costume Contest
Cash prizes of $100.00 for best costume and $50.00 for runner up in three categories. A research scientist will select the winner and runner up for best Darwin.Muffy Moose herself — via Web video hook-up will judge the Muffys.The Dodo from the film will select the winning dodos!
7:45 pm Flock of Dodos -- Woodruff Auditorium $2.00