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Darwin Festival: Day One

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Charles Albert Read Science Lecture Series

Please join us for Day One of the 41st Annual Darwin Festival! This week-long celebration runs February 10-14 and offers opportunities to explore a variety of current topics in science.

Today's events feature fascinating talks about dinosaurs and brain chemistry as well as a curated selection of videos from the popular PBS science series NOVA. 

Monday, February 10 Event Lineup

9 am | Slater Lecture Hall (Meier Hall Room 444)

VIDEO: NOVA: The Day the Dinosaurs Died: Experts explore the asteroid crater to investigate how giant dinosaur beasts met their end (60 minutes)

11 am | Veterans Hall (Ellison Campus Center)

LECTURE: “New Constraints On Ancient Atmospheric Oxygen Concentrations and the Rise of North American Dinosaurs”

– Morgan Schaller, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy NY.  Sponsored by the Department of Geological Sciences and the Charles Albert Read Trust.

1:10 pm | Veterans Hall (Ellison Campus Center)

LECTURE: “A Comparative Analysis of Tryptophan Hydroxylase and Phenylalanine Hydroxylase: How Close is Close Enough?” – Cynthia Ibarra, Department of Chemistry, Boston University, Boston MA. Sponsored by the Department of Chemistry/Physics and the Charles Albert Read Trust.

3:05 pm | Slater Lecture Hall (Meier Hall Room 444)

VIDEO: NOVA: Rise of the Mammals: Experts explore how mammals evolved and diversified following the extinction of the dinosaurs (60 minutes)

All events are free and open to the public. For access and accommodation information please visit or email

See the Schedules for Other Darwin Festival Events

Schedule for February 11: Day Two
Schedule for February 12: Day Three
Schedule for February 13: Day Four
Schedule for February 14: Day Five

When 5:00pm
Debra Longo

For access and accommodation information, visit our page on access or email

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