Darwin Day is February 12th!

I’m really excited to announce that the biocreativity blog will have a booth at the upcoming (and free!) Darwin Day celebration at the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin, Texas on Sunday February 12, 2012 from 1:00-4:45pm! Darwin Day is a day of science and reason held in celebration of the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin in 1809. Stop by the booth where you’ll have a chance to help create a giant portrait of Darwin by collaging images of the great diversity of life on Earth onto the great biologist’s profile!

Charles Darwin. Copy by John Collier, 1883. Oil on canvas. © National Portrait Gallery, London

The biocreativity booth will be right next to my fellows from Science Under The Stars – a public outreach lecture series organized by University of Texas graduate students in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior and hosted at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory. Evolutionary biologist Emily Jane McTavish (and recent Science Under The Stars speaker) will also be giving a fascinating talk about the evolution of Texas Longhorn cattle at 3pm!

Many thanks to the Texas Natural Science Center and the Texas Memorial Museum, particularly Christina Cid, for making this possible! I’ll post photos – and the final portrait – along with a fun tour through portraits of Charles Darwin by other artists after the event!

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