Center for Inquiry


Darwin Day Broward 2014:
Celebrating Science

Saturday, February 15, 2014
Broward College North Campus North Regional Library
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek, FL 33065 

Darwin Day Broward imageThe program will include a series of speakers who will focus on the contributions of Darwin’s ideas to various aspects of modern science. There will also be a presentation with live animals by the Palm Beach Zoo relating to wildlife conservation. There will be science displays, raffles and door prizes, vendors, and activities specifically for children, as well as free birthday cake. Lunch and snacks will be available. A $3 donation is requested, $1 of which will be donated to support children’s science programs at the library.

A reception featuring the speakers and guests will follow the presentations. A donation of $10 is requested.

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In addition to the animal presentation, speakers include:

Donald R. Prothero, Professor of Geology at Occidental College and Lecturer in Geobiology at the California Institute of Technology. He teaches Physical and Historical Geology, Sedimentary Geology, and Paleontology. His specialties are mammalian paleontology and magnetic stratigraphy of the Cenozoic. His current research focuses on the dating of the climatic changes that occurred between 30 and 40 million years ago, using the technique of magnetic stratigraphy. Dr. Prothero has been a Guggenheim and NSF Fellow, a Fellow of the Linnean Society, and in 1991 received the Schuchert Award of the Paleontological Society for outstanding paleontologist under the age of 40, the same award won by the renowned paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould. 

Michele Williams, PhD, RPA, director for the Southeastern Region of Florida Public Archaeology Network at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Williams has participated in excavations throughout the southeastern United States for the past 25 years. Her specialty within archaeology is the use of plants by prehistoric Native Americans. She will be giving a lecture called "Who Made the Everglades?" 

Alan Leipzig, an active member of the local skeptic and secular community, and teacher science at Seminole Middle School. Having taught everything from geometry to paleontology, he now oversees an award-winning engineering program and one of the few middle school astrophysics courses offered nationally. Alan is the recipient of the 2010 James Randi Educator Grant and a finalist for the Broward County Teacher of the Year 2012-2013. He is known for speaking and teaching in a way that surprises his students that science can be fun, often bringing up examples from science fiction and popular culture.

Alan Leipzig will be our Master of Ceremonies, and give an opening introduction on the importance of evolution.

About CFI–Fort Lauderdale

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