Bay College Celebrates Darwin Day with Film Series


In celebration of the 207th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, the Bay College Math Science Division presents a day-long evolution film series.  All showings are Thursday February 11 in room 123A of the Math Science Center in the Math Science Building and are free and open to the public.

Tentative Schedule
9:30 AM Darwin's Dangerous Idea (120 minutes)  Why does Charles Darwin's ''dangerous idea'' matter more today than ever, and how does it explain the past and predict the future of life on Earth? The first show interweaves the drama of Darwin's life with current documentary sequences, introducing key concepts of evolution.
11:30 AM HHMI Biointeractive Short Films about Evolution.
  1. Great Transitions: The Origin of Tetrapods. (20 min) One of the most exciting discoveries in the long history of fossil exploration is Tiktaalik, a creature with a mix of features common to fish and four-legged animals, or tetrapods.
  2. Great Transitions: The Origin of Birds. (20 min) Paleontologist Julia Clarke takes us on a journey to uncover the evidence that birds descended from dinosaurs.
  3. Great Transitions: The Origins of Humans (20 min.) Which traits distinguish humans from other primates? When and where did these traits evolve? Analysis of the major fossil finds from Africa, dating back to 4.4 million years ago, provides answers to these questions and reveals the history of our evolutionary origins.
  4. Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture (15 min) Follow human geneticist Spencer Wells, Director of the Genographic Project of the National Geographic Society, as he tracks down the genetic changes associated with the ability to digest lactose as adults.
  5. The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans (14 min). In some parts of the world, there is an intimate connection between the infectious parasitic disease malaria and the genetic disease sickle cell anemia.
  6. The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes (13 min) Scientists have pieced together the evolutionary history of the Antarctic icefish. The icefish makes an excellent case study for genetic evolution as both the gain and loss of genes have led to key adaptations.
  7. The Making of the Fittest: Evolving Switches Evolving Bodies. (15 min) After the end of the last ice age 10,000 years ago, populations of marine stickleback fish became stranded in freshwater lakes dotted throughout the Northern Hemisphere in places like Alaska and British Columbia. These fish have adapted to a freshwater environment drastically different than the ocean.
1:30 PM What Darwin Never Knew (112 minutes) “What Darwin Never Knew" offers answers to riddles that Darwin couldn't explain. Breakthroughs in a brand-new science—nicknamed "evo devo"—are linking the enigmas of evolution to another of nature's great mysteries, the development of the embryo.

3:30 PM Judgement Day:  Intelligent Design on Trial (112 minutes)Judgment Day captures on film a landmark court case with a powerful scientific message at its core," says Paula Apsell, NOVA's Senior Executive Producer. "Evolution is one of the most essential yet, for many people, least understood of all scientific theories, the foundation of biological science. We felt it was important for NOVA to do this program to heighten the public understanding of what constitutes science and what does not, and therefore, what is acceptable for inclusion in the science curriculum in our public schools."
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