Duquesne University’s Darwin Day to Explore ‘Why Is Life the Way It Is?’

Continuing its tradition of honoring Charles Darwin's evolutionary theory, Duquesne will celebrate Darwin Day 2017 with a lecture that will address questions about why life is the way it is.

Guest speaker Dr. Nick Lane, professor of evolutionary biochemistry at the University College London, will present the lecture The Vital Question: Why Is Life the Way It Is? on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 7 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom. Lane, who is the author of the book by the same name, is a well-known global expert on evolutionary biochemistry and bioenergetics.

"In evolutionary biology we've rarely covered the origin of life," said Dr. David Lampe, professor of biological sciences and one of the Darwin Day organizers. "(Lane) is at the forefront of asking where life came from and where did complicated life, which led to things like humans, evolve from?"

Held annually, Duquesne's Darwin Day is among the worldwide events honoring the life and work of Charles Darwin, the founding father of evolutionary theory. The event also highlights the importance of science education by featuring presentations by evolutionary experts relevant to the general population.

Sponsored by the Dean's Office of the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, the event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. Visit duq.edu/darwin to learn more.

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