AOF Activities & Events
Shaping the Tree of Life: Extinction on a Changing Planet
Once again it's the Darwin Day Birthday Gala, Sacramento's coolest, go-to event of science and human reason, brought to you by area science advocates, civic groups and local nerds on too much coffee. This 21st anniversary gala marks Charles Darwin's 209th birthday. It will occur at a new site, the Mission Oaks Community Center in Carmichael.
Darwin Day is a science-rush like no other, an annual celebration of scientific inquiry honoring of the life and work of the great Charles Darwin (b. 12 February 1809), sponsored worldwide by community and educational groups. AOF and HAGSA worked together to establish the local event, and supports it and commends it to all our friends in the Sacramento community of reason. Because, science! And what is science but reason in the trenches?
For the respectable history of this mind-growing event, visit the International Darwin Day Foundation.
Doors will open at 2 o’clock post meridiem, the main program to begin at 2:30. Arrive early, tour the display tables, visit the vendors, grab some science swag, then find a cozy seat. Relax and enjoy the opening entertainment. Then get ready for the speaker: Dr. Erica Bree Rosenblum, Associate Professor of Global Change Biology at UC Berkeley. Her topic will be Shaping the Tree of Life: Extinction on a Changing Planet.
Dr. Rosenblum directs the Rosenblum lab, which studies the processes that generate and impact biological diversity, particularly speciation, extinction and the mechanisms of rapid adaptation to changing environments. For a sample presentations, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh-9O7xJdho.
Rounding the event will be more entertainment, snacks, and of course, yummy Darwin Birthday Cake. (It is a birthday party, after all.)