Schedule of Events

March 3rd-4th, 2017

(all events free and open to the public)

Friday, March 3
Kollros Auditorium, Biology Building
2PM Darwin Day Poster Session + Reception
3PM Anne Fausto-Sterling: "Acquiring Gender: From Baby in a Yellow Hat to Gender Identity and Expression"
3:45PM Richard Wrangham: "Self-domestication in bonobos and humans"
4:30PM Intermission/Reception
4:45PM Rosemary and Peter Grant: "In Search of the Causes of Evolution"
Saturday, March 4
MacBride Auditorium
9AM Opening Reception (coffee and pastries)
9:30AM Mary Kosloski: "Crushing crabs and sinistral snails: how a super predator changed snail shape"
10AM Rosemary and Peter Grant: "40 Years of Evolution. A long-term study of Darwin's Finches in Galápagos."
11AM Richard Wrangham: "How cooking made us human"
12PM Anne Fausto-Sterling: "Evolution and Gender in the 21st Century"
1PM Darwin Day Birthday Celebration (Hall of Birds)
2-5PM NCSE Teaching Workshop (106 BBE; "Darwin Day 2017 Teacher Workshop: Teaching NGSS Evolution Without a Budget (requires pre-registration) A 3-hour workshop addressing content and process with NGSS alignment- and an eye for supply costs"

Peter and Rosemary Grant are Princeton University Professors Emeriti who have spent more than 40 years studying Darwin's finches on the Galápagos Islands. Among many other awards, they are winners of the Darwin-Wallace medal and the Kyoto Prize. The Grants are the authors of more than 100 scientific papers, several books, and their work was the primary subject of the award-winning book "The Beak of the Finch" by Johnathan Weiner.

Anne Fausto-Sterling, Professor Emerita at Brown University, is known for her work in various areas of evolution and development, including her criticism of the nature vs. nurture dichotomy, her study of the relationship between science and gender, and her research in the area of childhood gender differentiation. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the author of three books, including Sexing the Body and Myths of Gender.

Richard Wrangham is a Professor at Harvard University and founder of the Kibale Chimpanzee Project. A biological anthropologist and primatologist, he is best known for his work on the role of cooking in human evolution and on the evolution of human warfare. He is the author of two popular science books, Demonic Males, and Catching Fire.

The University of Iowa's own Mary Kosloski is a faculty member in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. A paleoecologist, Dr. Kosloski studies how environments influence the evolution of animal morphologies, particularly among marine gastropods. Because her research deals with long- and short-term responses to environmental change, it is highly relevant to many present-day conservation and ecological concerns.