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Darwin Day 2021

We are excited to share the lineup for Darwin Day 2021! The celebration will be taking place Feb. 10th - Feb. 17th. Please find the line-up below with corresponding Zoom and YouTube links. The Zoom event will be livestreamed to YouTube for accessibility to those without access to Zoom. Also attached is our flyer.

On February 10th, in continued partnership with Wednesday Nite @ the Lab, we will be hosting Dr. Moriah Szpara from Penn State. The title of her talk is "Viruses as unique and long-lived as their human hosts." The event will take place 7 - 8PM.

On February 11th, we will be hosting the Darwin Day Evolution Seminar. This year's speaker is Dr. Alexa Garin-Fernandez from the Alfred-Wegener-Institute in Germany. The title of her talk is "Under the viruverse: Insights and approaches in marine phage research." The event will take place 12:30 - 1:30PM

On February 15th, as a special edition of WN@tL, we will be hosting Dr. Sean B. Carroll from HHMI (and Professor Emeritus at UW-Madison) for a Q&A on the movie "The Serengeti Rules," based on his 2016 book. We will be starting up the Zoom at 7PM and inviting people to watch "The Serengeti Rules" on their own at and interact via Zoom chat. Dr. Carroll will join the Zoom at 8PM for a Q&A until 8:30PM.

On February 17th, also as part of WN@tL, we will be hosting a panel on “The co-evolution of mammals and microbes”. Our panelists are Dr. Jemma Geoghegan, from the University of Otago (New Zealand), Dr. Aspen Reese from UCSD and Dr. Paul Turner from Yale University. The first half of the event will be short presentations from our panelists. The second half of the event will be a moderated panel with invited moderators Dr. Caitlin Pepperell (Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology) and Dr. Tony Goldberg (School of Veterinary Medicine). The event will take place 7 - 8PM.

Finally, thanks to several groups on campus we will be hosting lab videos and teaching resources on the Crow Institute website at and on the Crow Institute's (new) YouTube channel ( Those will go live during the Darwin Day week.


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