Pitt-Bradford to Celebrate ‘Darwin Day’

BRADFORD, Pa. – The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will mark Darwin Day, a celebration of science and scientific discovery, on Friday, February 11, in the Mukaiyama University Room in the Frame-Westerberg Commons.

Pitt-Bradford’s celebration is one of hundreds across the United States and the globe marking the 202nd anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, the man who famously described biological evolution via natural selection.

The Pitt-Bradford celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a birthday cake being served at noon. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Numerous science exhibits and activities all day will feature physics, chemistry, biology, anthropology, forensic science and more. Activities include a science trivia game with prizes.

At 1:30 p.m. Dr. Linda Ordiway, instructor of environmental studies and local ornithologist, will lead a nature walk.

The “Origin of Species” presented the scientific theory that populations evolve over generations through natural selection.

The theory of evolution was controversial in Darwin’s time and remains controversial in the United States today, although it is accepted by the majority of scientists from many disciplines around the world.

Started by the Albany, N.Y.-based Institute for Humanist Studies in 1995, Darwin Day is now celebrated in 850 locations worldwide and has expanded to be a celebration of all the sciences and of the techniques of scientific discovery.

For disability related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources and Services at 814-362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

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