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UMD hosts Darwin Day

Scientists at University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) will host a public event on Darwin Day, Friday, Feb. 10 to honor the famed scientist’s birthday and celebrate his life’s work. 

 The event will feature a free public lecture from Dr. Brett Baker entitled, "Metagenomic Explorations to New Branches on Tree of Life." Dr. Baker's research team has made world news in the last few weeks. He'll explain how an elusive group of microbes with names inspired by old Norse mythology are shedding more light on the origin of multicellular life. See stories in the The Atlantic and Science Focus.

 The lecture will take place at 3:15 p.m. in UMD’s Life Science Building, room 185. Dr. Baker is an assistant professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Texas. In addition to his public presentation, he will be meeting with students of UMD’s Swenson College of Science and Engineering (SCSE).

 One of the organizers of this public event, Assistant Professor Cody Sheik, said these events are typically very well attended. "The day celebrates the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge has and will continue to contribute to the advancement of humanity.” said Sheik.