You are here

Outreach & Education

Seminars & Reading Group Evolution Courses at UW Darwin Day Teaching Resources

 

 

The Crow Institute Outreach Committee works to advance the understanding of evolution in the general public and K-12 students through outreach events, public lectures, school programs, and teacher education. We are always seeking interested volunteers as well as donations to assist with these efforts. Contact Nicole Perna or Chris McAllester  to get involved.

 

DARWIN DAY is just around the corner!  February 12 -15, 2018

The J.F. Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution invites you to join in our annual activities, as part of a global celebration of science and discovery.  All events are free and open to the public.  We thank our co-sponsors for their generous support.

Darwin Days 2018 Schedule

February 12th:

Darwin Day Tree of Life Event, 2:30-5:00 pm, Discovery Building Town Center

Walk the WID floor to visit 20 exploration stations teaching lessons and providing insights on evolution and the diversity of life on Earth.

Groundbreaking Discoveries in CALS, 4:45-5:45 pm, Room 1111, Genetics/Biotechnology Building

Lederberg and Bacterial Genetics

Millard Susman, Emeritus Professor of Genetics

Come hear Dr. Susman provide biographical perspectives on Nobel Laureate Joshua Lederberg’s pioneering research at UW-Madison, including his discovery of recombination in bacteria via conjugation.

Darwin Day Keynote, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Discovery Building, H.F. Deluca Forum

Sex: the origins, evolution & consequences of meiosis

John Logsdon, Ph.D.

Join Dr. John Logsdon of the University of Iowa in exploring how our unicellular ancestors canonized sex into meiosis, and how this invention changed and shaped all their diverse unicellular and multicellular descendants. Using data gathered from biological systems that appear, in various ways, to be exceptions to many "rules" in sexual biology, his lab asks and attempts to answer a diversity of questions about the evolution and history of sex in all Life.

 

February 14th:

Special Geology Seminar, 12:15-1:15pm, Room 140 Weeks Hall

Caving for Carnivores: Climate Change, Ice Age Extinctions & DNA

Julie Meachen

Join Dr. Julie Meachen of Des Moines University in exploring the effects of extinctions and climate change, and their downstream ecological results, on the evolution of Ice Age carnivores.

Wednesday Nite @ the Lab, 7-8:15pm, Room 1111 Genetics/Biotech Center

Sex, cells, evolution: The molecular origins of meiosis & its sometimes strange natural history

John Logsdon, Ph.D.

Dr. Logsdon will discuss ongoing research from his group illuminating the molecular natural history of sex and meiosis through the study of diverse biological systems that appear, in various ways, to be exceptions to many "rules" in sexual biology. Using data gathered from studies of these various organisms, he asks: When did sex & meiosis arise? How and from what prior function(s) did sex & meiosis derive? How has sex subsequently evolved? Can sex & meiosis be lost?

 

February 15th:

Special Evolution Seminar, 12:30-1:30pm, Room 1111 Genetics/Biotech Center

Evolutionary origin of early plant microbiomes

Linda Graham (Professor of Botany)

Dr Linda Graham will present metagenomic studies of 8 microbiomes of modern representatives of early-diverging algal and plant lineages she has used to infer the origin and early evolution of plant microbiomes. These metagenomes indicate diverse branches of life, even micro-invertebrate animals. 

Groundbreaking Discoveries in CALS, 4:45-5:45, Room 1111, Genetics/Biotechnology Building

Still conjugating after all these years

Nicole Perna (Professor of Genetics)

Continuing the theme from Dr. Millard Susman’s talk on Monday, Dr. Perna will explore how conjugation and other mechanisms of horizontal gene flow have shaped the evolution of bacterial genomes.

 

 

Other Outreach Activities

The Crow Institute works to advance the understanding of evolution in the general public and K-12 students through outreach events, public lectures, school programs, and teacher education. 

 

 

Education
On-campus education efforts by the JF Crow Institute focus on engaging the students, staff, and faculty who make up the evolution community and fostering discussion on a variety of topics. The Institute supports numerous opportunities for Graduate Study in Evolutionary Biology, undergraduate study through the Evolution Option in the Biology major, and oversees the Evolution Seminar Series, Zoology and Evolution Reading Group, Evolution Journal Club, and the Teaching Evolution Seminar.

AttachmentSize
PDF icon Outreach Newsletter2.25 MB
PDF icon DarwinDay2017463.91 KB
Image icon 2017_DarwinDayPoster_v8.jpg236.85 KB