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Darwin Week in Charleston

February 7 - 10, 2005



The Public is Invited to the fifth annual observance of Darwin Week in Charleston.  We've got an exciting series of events on the schedule!  All are free.  But arrive early - seats fill up fast!

All Talks are scheduled for late afternoon hours in Room 121 of the College of Charleston Science Center, recently named in honor of Rita Liddy Hollings. The CofC Science Center is located on the NE corner of Coming and George Streets.  Parking is available in the City Carage on the corner of St. Philip and George, two blocks east. Each talk will be followed by an opportunity to meet the speaker over refreshments.

Monday, February 7 - Dr. Jerry F. McManus
Climate Instability: Sun, Sea, and Snow.
Throughout the recent geological past, sun, sea and snow have combined to make the North Atlantic regional climate dramatically unstable.  Evidence for climate variability and clues about its causes can be deciphered using "proxies" of past changes that are recorded in deep-sea sediments.  Deep drilling into the sea floor has allowed the recovery of these sediments, and multi-proxy analyses reveal that meltwater from ice sheets repeatedly weakened the ocean circulation and cooled the region.  Could it happen again?  Dr. Jerry McManus is Associate Scientist in the  Geology and Geophysics Group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.  Sponsored by the US Science Support Program, together with the Joint Oceanographic Institutions.
4:00 PM, Room 121.

Tuesday, February 8 - Dr. Matt Cartmill
Evolution, Creation, and Eternity.

What's wrong with the "Creation" part of "Creation Science?"  Together we'll explore the relationship between science and religion, with reference to the perennial fight in this country between the scientific theory of evolution and the religious doctrine of creation.  Dr. Matt Cartmill is Professor of biological anthropology and anatomy at Duke University.  He is a past president of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists and a Fellow of the AAAS.   Phi Beta Kappa Distinguished Lectureship.
5:00 PM, Room 121.

Wednesday, February 9 - Dr. David F. Jackson
Teaching about Evolution, Historical Geology, and Cosmology in Public Schools:
Sifting the Relationship between Personal and Professional Beliefs and Practices.
Controversies about public school curriculum arising from perceived conflicts between science and religion are commonly thought to be legal and political issues largely limited to high school biology. In fact, at least in the Southeastern U.S., the issue raises its head early and often in middle schools, in earth science, and in university teacher education courses as well, and can involve a complex relationship between the personal beliefs and professional practices of teachers. This presentation will illustrate the range of points of view brought to the profession by practicing and prospective middle school science teachers in Georgia, and suggest some effective approaches to presenting evolution as a controversial topic in the multicultural world of education while remaining true to the spirit of science.  Dr. David Jackson is Associate Professor of Science Education at the University of Georgia and a former middle school earth science teacher and research assistant in paleontology.  Download Dr. Jackson's handout as an MS word Document!
4:00 PM, Room 121.

Thursday, February 10 - Dr. Robert J. Dukes, Jr.
The Ancient Universe.
How old is the universe?  And more importantly, what is the process by which our theory regarding the age of the universe has developed?  This lecture is the first of a series sponsored by the Charleston Chapter of Sigma Xi celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's "Miraculous Year."  Dr. Bob Dukes is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the College of Charleston, and the current president of our local Sigma Xi chapter.
4:00 PM, Room 121. 

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