Welcome and Happy Darwin Day
So let me start by saying Happy Darwin Day since February 12th marks the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, evolutionary biologist andÂ author of The Origin of the Species. Without question, Darwin is one of the most important significant figures in science and also most likely one of the most well-known scientists of history (from surveying some of my freshman students at the start of the year and asking them to name a scientist, Darwin was one of the most common answers). And Darwin Day offers a chance to celebrate not only his work but the field of science in general. To quote from the official website:
“…Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity”
(taken from http://www.darwinday.org/about/)
So how did you celebrate?Â Unlike St Patrick’s Day for example where large numbers of people wear green in tribute I did not see many lab-coats being worn proudly in public. But maybe that’s not the point because whether we acknowledge it or not, Science in it’s various manifestations surrounded us all today in almost everything we did.
And for me personally, I’m using Darwin Day as the catalyst to finally get started in this Science Blogging thing. So what will this blog be about?Â That’s easy and I can hopefully even summarize it in just one word – Science!Â But as to specifics, well check back and see every so often. When I mention to some people I am a scientist, too often their eyes glaze over at even the slightest hints of a description of what it is we actually do. So I’ll try and not make things too technical and I do want to also make things relevant so expect articles on science in the news and science in popular culture. I’ll also profess to a passion for seeking out ‘Bad Science’ so since the media and advertising loves to provide ammunition in this field, expect a few articles on this now and again. I’m also actively involved in science outreach and coordinate a number of activities in getting children excited about science so I plan to include some of my work in this area as part of the blog and who knows, I may even slip in an experiment or two you can do at home!
But for now, I’ll wish you a happy Darwin Day and feel free to leave comments and feedback. I’ll try to update weekly at least so check back often.