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Darwin at 200 Speaker Series Kicks-Off With Noted Biographer

Dr. Janet Browne, the Aramont Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, will present the inaugural lecture in the Duquesne University speaker series Darwin at 200: Contributions and Challenges.

Duquesne University is hosting the speaker series as part of Darwin Celebration 2009: A Pittsburgh Partnership, events geared to improve the understanding of Darwin’s legacy and his ideas that form the fundamental basis for all modern biology and medicine.

This year marks the bicentennial of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his work, The Origin of Species. Browne’s lecture will honor both milestones. She is author of the two-volume Darwin biography Voyaging and The Power of Place, which integrate Darwin’s science with his life and times. The biography received several prizes, including the James Tait Black award for non-fiction in 2004, the W.H. Heinemann Prize from the Royal Literary Society and the Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society. Browne also served as associate editor of the early volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin.

Organized by the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Drue Heinz Lecture Series, Browne’s lecture is co-sponsored by Duquesne University’s Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences with funding from a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health. Act 48 credit for K-12 teachers is available.

When: Monday, Feb. 9, at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Carnegie Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh

Information: Cost for tickets is $25. Call 412.622.8866 for tickets. For more information on the Darwin at 200 speaker series and Darwin Celebration 2009, call 412.396.6332 or visit www.duq.edu/darwin2009.

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