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If your department or organization is holding an event that celebrates Darwin or the Year of Science, please send your information to Mindy Wright (wright.7@osu.edu)

August 6, 2008-Science and Engineering Café, sponsored by The Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi, The Ohio State University Libraries, and Department of Comparative Studies
Dr. Dave and his Whiz Bang Science Show
South Campus Gateway Landmark Movie Theater, 2:00 pm
For more Science Café events, please visit http://library.osu.edu/sites/sel/sciencecafe/

September 24- October 30, 2008 - Darwin's Bicentennial: Art, Science and the Origin of Species
The Ohio State University at Marion
Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery
Morrill Hall
A reception will be held Monday, September 29th, 4:00-6:00 pm

September 26, 2008-January 11, 2009-Objects of Wonder from The Ohio State University
Columbus Museum of Art
480 East Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215

October 7, 2008-The Ohio State University at Marion Science Café, 7:00 pm
"The Prairies of Marion County"
Larry Yoder, Emeritus Director
Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center
Goshen College, Indiana

October 17, 2008-Darwin Growth of an Idea Lecture Series
Wexner Film/Video Theater
1871 N. High Street
3:30 pm
Luis Chiappe, Curator and Director, Dinosaur Institute of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Professor Chiappe's lecture will be followed by a reception that will kick off this year's celebration.

October 20, 2008-Federal Judge John Jones, will present a lecture,"Our Constitution's Intelligent Design."
Judge John Jones presided over the landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District
Independence Hall
1923 Neil Avenue Mall
7:00 pm

October 21, 2008 -Judge John Jones, "A Conversation with Judge John Jones"
Davis Heart Lung Auditorium
473 West 12th avenue
9:30-11:00 am
(sponsored by Department of Entomology in lieu of the department's regular Tuesday seminar)

Edward Humes, author of Monkey Girl, will present a lecture, "Talk Radio Evolution: America's Love-Hate Relationship with Science."
Edward Humes is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize and a PEN Award. In Monkey Girl, he traces Kitzmiller vs. Dover Area School District.
Jennings Hall Auditorium
1735 Neil Avenue
7:00 pm

October 22, 2008 -Annual Science and Religion Panel Discussion:
-Carol Anelli, Associate Professor, Entomology, Washington State University
-Connie Bertka, Geologist and Theologian, Carnegie Mellon University
-Joan Roughgarden, Evolutionary Biologist, Stanford University
The panel will be moderated by David Brancaccio, host of PBS's NOW.

333 West Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43215
with videolink to
Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Road
7:00 pm

Debut of commissioned piece for strings by Korine Fujiwara, violist for Columbus Symphony Orchestra and member, Carpe Diem String Quartet. The piece will honor Darwin's contributions to western thought.

November 1, 2008-"Evolution and the Nature of Science Misconceptions"
A test yourself exhibit will be open in the display case outside
258 Arps Hall
1945 N High St
Columbus, OH 43210

November 10, 2008-Evolution of Genomes and Origin of Species
Mathematical Biosciences Institute Symposium
Mathematics Building, 2nd Floor
231 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Panelists include:
-Gonzalo Giribet, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
-Joan Herbers, Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, The Ohio State University
-Hopi Hoekstra,Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University
-Daniel Janies, Biomedical Informatics, The Ohio State University
-Wolfgang Sadee , The Ohio State University Medical Center
-Peter Schuster, Institut fuer Theoretische Chemie, Universitaet Wien

November 12-December 15, 2008 - Darwin's Bicentennial: Art, Science and the Origin of Species
Hopkins Hall Gallery and Corridor
128 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
A reception will be held on Monday, November 17, 5:00-7:00 pm
This exhibit is presented simultaneously with:
Flipping Eras: Industrial Age Techniques Reemerge in the Studio Process

November 13, 2008-Arts and Sciences Colloquium
McPherson 1015
3:30 pm

Brian Schwartz will give a talk titled, "Science As Performance: A Proactive Strategy to Communicate And Educate through Theater, Music And Dance." He will describe some of the work done by CUNY's Science and the Arts program. Brian Schwartz is Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs, Professor of Physics, and co-director of the New Media Lab at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY).

November 13-23, 2008-Pangea: three scenes on a common theme by Steven R. Culp
Roy Bowen Theatre
Drake Performance and Event Center
1849 Cannon Drive
Pangea: three scenes on a common theme tells a three-part story that raises questions about science and technology and its effects on human behavior and culture. For a more detailed synopsis, please download it here.

November 14, 2008-Science and Theater Symposium
Roy Bowen Theatre
Drake Performance and Event Center
1849 Cannon Drive
3:30-5 pm

A symposium focused on the interconnected issues of science and theater will be held. Currently the panelists include the play's director, Jimmy Bohr; its playwright, Stephen Culp; and Brian Schwartz, CUNY Science and the Arts Program. A reception will follow the symposium.

February 4, 2009 - Science Café Columbus
Jeffrey K. McKee, Departments of Anthropology and Evolution, Ecology, & Evolutionary Biology, will speak on "Darwin's Prescient Insights on Human Evolution."

Anthropologist, Dr. Jeffrey McKee, will present a conversational look at Darwin's views on human evolution, a topic Darwin largely avoided until 1871 with the publication of The Descent of Man. It turns out that Darwin's insights, devoid of much of a fossil record at the time, were remarkably predictive of what paleoanthropologists would later discover in Africa and beyond. The science has moved far beyond Darwin ... some things he got wrong. But in this anniversary year, we'll look at what he got right and why his insights were before their time.
South Campus Gateway Landmark Movie Theater
1550 N. High Street
6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6 pm.)

February 5-7, 2009 - Conference on Evolution Theory, Life History, and Human Longevity
The Blackwell Inn, Page Hall, Faculty Club
2110 Tuttle Park Place
Columbus, Ohio 34210

The Department of Anthropology hosts experts from Ohio State, Wayne State University, Central Michigan University, University of New Mexico, University of Illinois, Arizona State University, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, who will present research in these important areas of discovery. The event opens with a reception on Thursday evening at 5 pm at the Blackwell Inn, Ballroom A. Roundtable discussions will be held on Friday and Saturday. Free and open to the public. For more information, please see: conference schedule.

February 7, 2009 - "Voyages of Discovery"
Museum of Biodiversity Open House

1351 Kinnear Road
10am - 4pm

The public is invited to tour the facility and see the labs and "behind the scenes" collections spaces. Many interesting specimens will be on display, and Ohio State experts will be on hand to answer questions. Biodiversity website.

February 12-Darwin Day
Franklin Park Conservatory
1777 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43203
The Veridian
6:00 pm
Cost is free with admission.

Dr. John Freudenstein will give a lecture, ""Beauty and the Beast Orchids as an Evolutionary Success Story"" in celebration of Darwin's Birthday and the Darwin orchid. This lecture is in conjunction with Franklin Park Conservatory's January 10-March 1, 2009 "Orchid Forest" exhibition. Dr. Freudenstein is an associate professor in Ohio State's Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology and the Director of the Ohio State Herbarium.

Dr. Freudenstein's research focuses on the systematics of the Orchid Family, the Heath family, Sarracenia (pitcher plants), and the theory of systematics (the study of the diversity of life and the evolutionary relationships of organisms through time).

Birthday cake in honor of Charles Darwin will be served on a first-come, first-served basis.

This program coincides with Cocktails at the Conservatory in the John F. Wolfe Palm House. This weekly social gathering begins at 5:30 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m., and features small plate hors d'oeuvres, music by a DJ, and a featured cocktail. Plan to attend both events!

February 14, 2009 - Humanist Community of Central Ohio's Darwin Day 2009 Banquet
P. Z. Myers, professor of biology; University of Minnesota, Morris; and operator of the popular science blog Pharyngula will be the featured speaker.
Registration is $35; low income/student registration is $25. For further details, visit:
Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Road
6 p.m.

February 26-28, 2009-Inherit the Wind, a production of the Ohio State University Mansfield Department of Theatre
Founders Auditorium
Mansfield, Ohio
Mansfield Theatre

March 6-8, 2009-Inherit the Wind, a production of the Ohio State University Mansfield Department of Theatre
Columbus Performing Arts Center
549 Franklin Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43215
March 6 and 7 at 7:30 pm
March 8 at 2:30 pm
For tickets, please call 292-2295.
$10 General Admission
Free to OSU students.

April 1, 2009 - Susan Jacoby
Susan Jacoby has written eight books, including her most recent, The Age of American Unreason. She is also program director of the Center for Inquiry-New York City, a rationalist think tank with offices in Lower Manhattan.
001 Jennings Hall
7:00 pm
Reception and book signing to follow

April 8, 2009 - Honors House Darwin Fireside Chat
William I. Ausich, School of Earth Sciences will lead a discussion about Darwin and his work.
Kuhn Honors & Scholars House
5:30 pm

April 16, 2009-School of Earth Sciences John Adams Bownocker Lecture, co-sponsored by Darwin Growth of an Idea
Derek Briggs, Professor and Director the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University
100 Mendenhall
4:00 pm "Burgess Shale-Type Fossils after the Cambrian?"
8:00 pm "Extraordinary Fossils: Windows on the Evolution of Marine Life"

May 4, 2009 - Darwin Growth of an Idea Lecture Series
Saxbe Auditorium (130 Drinko).
Reception: 6: 30 pm
Lecture: 7:00 pm

Edward Larson will present "Darwin and the Victorian Soul: Late 19th Century Responses to Darwin's Theory of Evolution." Larson is the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and is University Professor of History at Pepperdine University and recipient of the 1998 Pulitzer Prize in History for Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.

October 13, 2009 - Darwin Growth of an Idea Lecture Series
Knowlton Hall 250.
Reception: 6: 30 pm
Lecture: 7:00 pm

Francisco J. Ayala, University of California, Irvine, will give the Autumn 2009 Darwin: Growth of an Idea Lecture, "Evolution and Intelligent Design: Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion". Ayala is University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, School of Biological Sciences; Professor of Philosophy, Philosophy, School of Humanities; and Professor of Logic and the Philosophy of Science, Logic & Philosophy of Science, School of Social Sciences.

October 14, 2009 - In the Beginning: Explanations From Science & Religion
For the fourth year, Ohio State and COSI are co-hosting Intersection of Faith and Evolution: Defining Science and Religion. Ayala will be participating in this lively panel discussion about the tangled intersection of faith and evolution.

Event Details:
WOSU@COSI studio; 333 W. Broad Street [Call to reserve your seat: 614.228.2674]
Live on-campus broadcast: Smith Seminar Room [1080 Physics Research Building]
7-9 p.m.

Other panelists include:
  •   Moderator Neal Conan, host of NPR's Talk of the Nation
  •   Denis Lamoureux, Professor of Science and Religion, Evolutionary Creation author
  •   Eugenie Scott, anthropologist, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction author

October 15, 2009 - Beyond the Evolution/Creation Debate
Denis Lamoureaux, evolutionary creationist, will present "Beyond the Evolution/Creation Debate," as part of a series to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species."

Lamoureaux is Assistant Professor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph's College, University of Alberta. His appointment is the first tenure-track position in Canada dedicated to teaching and research on the relationship between scientific discovery and Christian faith. After his lecture, he will engage the audience in discussion. This is a great opportunity for students to interact with an exciting speaker.

Event details:
255 Jennings Hall
7 p.m.

December 3, 2009-The Columbus Zoo Conservation Lecture Series Dr. Tim Berra will present "Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man."
Dr. Tim M. Berra is professor emeritus of the Department of Evolution, Ecology & Organismal Biology at The Ohio State University where he has been since 1972. The evening will include a book sale and signing of Dr. Berra's new book Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man. For ticket information, please visit: http://www.columbuszoo.org/CharlesDarwinTheConciseStoryofanExtraordinaryMan.aspx
OSU Fawcett Center
2400 Olentangy River Road
Columbus, OH 43210
7:00 pm