Conference Honoring Darwin | Nov. 20, 2009

On Friday, November 20, 2009, a conference for scientists and science teachers will be held in Cambridge, MA, at the Whitehead Institute, honoring the 150th Anniversary of the publication of Darwin’s “On the Origin of Species.”

A morning session for the MIT community will feature lectures by some of the foremost experts in the evolution of the vertebrate eye and vision science (8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.).

A special two-hour afternoon session beginning at 4:15 p.m. will be geared towards high school biology teachers, with the opportunity to hear from the same experts who lectured in the morning, including Darwin scholar John Durant, director of the MIT Museum; Dr. Graeme Wistow, section chief on Molecular Structure and Function at the National Eye Institute; Prof. Nancy Kanwisher, investigator at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research; and Prof. Constance Cepko, a Harvard Medical School geneticist.

After the afternoon talks, breakout sessions will allow teachers to explore specific topics in small groups with the scientists.

Sponsors: Citizens for Public Schools, MIT’s Science of the Eye program, Massachusetts Darwin Bicentennial Project, the Massachusetts Association of Biology Teachers, and Whitehead Institute’s Partnership for Science Education

Contact Lisa Guisbond at for more information or to register.

Also check Out: The Darwin Bicentennial Project