Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Origin of Species

and the 200th
Birthday of the Man with a Dangerous Idea

Friday February 13 2009
9:00AM - 1:00PM

Symposium and Panel Discussion at the LeFrak Concert Hall

Event Schedule

Guests planning to drive to Queens College may wish to park in Lots 5 and 14 by Gate 3.
These lots are accessible via Reeves Avenue off of Main Street, Flushing.

Queens College
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367

A Darwin Day Poster

Susan Foster
Dr. Foster is a Professor of Biology and the Warren Litsky Endowed Chair in Biology at Clark University, Second President-Elect of the Animal Behavior Society, and editor of the books The Evolutionary Biology of the Threespine Stickleback (with Michael Bell) and Geographic Variation in Behavior: Perspectives on Evolutionary Mechanisms (with John Endler). Dr. Foster's research focuses the role of ancestral phenotypic plasticity in the evolution of the post-glacial adaptive radiation of the threespine stickleback fish.
Jeffrey Schwartz
Dr. Schwartz is a  Professor of Biological Anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh and President of the World Academy of Art and Science. Dr. Schwartz's books include The Red Ape: Orangutans and Human Origins, What the Bones Tell Us, and Sudden Origins: Fossils, Genes, and the Emergence of Species. As a systematist working with skeletal biology and dentition, Dr. Schwartz is interested in the research and theory underpinning our understanding of the origin and significance of morphological novelty.
Paul Turner
Dr. Turner is an Associate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University and  Chair of the American Society for Microbiology’s Division R. Dr. Turner is the recipient of the Top Ten Emerging Scholars Award from Diverse Issues in Higher Education and a Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. He is interested in the ecology and evolution of infectious diseases and the use of laboratory populations of microbes as models to address these topics.
Patricia Wittkopp
 Dr. Wittkopp is an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan and a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, a March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award, and a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. She is interested in understanding the genetic basis of development, evolution and disease, with an emphasis on the molecular mechanisms controlling gene expression. Her laboratory uses the Drosophila pigmentation as a model system for understanding the genetic basis of phenotypic evolution.
Peter Chabora
Dr.Chabora is a Professor of Biology at Queens College who studies the biology of parasitic wasps belonging to the families Cynipidae and Braconidae that attack the larvae of Drosophila “fruit” fly species.  His interests include host selection, host resistance and parasitoid survival, parasitoid longevity and reproductive parameters, parasitoid sex ratios and mating behaviors. 
Charles Darwin
Mr. Darwin was an English naturalist, a recipient of the Royal Medal, the Wollaston Medal and the Copley Medal, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. Mr. Darwin's books include On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, The Voyage of the Beagle, The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex and The Formation of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Worms. Mr. Darwin's work demonstrated that all species of life have evolved over time from common ancestors through the process he called natural selection.