Celebrate Darwin Day 2023 with UAB’s Department of Biology

Hosted by the UAB Department of Biology, Darwin Day 2023 will be an opportunity to explore current research and will feature an in-depth lecture that dives into the compelling self-destructive nature of human behavior.

STREAM Darwin Day 2023Jay Phelan, Ph.D.The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences is set to host its 11th annual Darwin Day on Thursday, Feb. 16 at the Hilton Birmingham at UAB in the Hamilton Ballroom.

Evolutionary biologist and co-author of “Mean Genes” and “The Secret Syllabus: A guide to the unwritten rules of college success,” Jay Phelan, Ph.D., will be the keynote lecturer of the evening. Phelan’s lecture, “Why do we want (and do) so many things that are bad for us? A Darwinian perspective on behavior can improve our lives,” will touch on a variety of topics, including the imperfections of natural selection, human nature, why it is difficult to quit drugs and more.

Attendees will be able to take part in a public poster session highlighting current research. Phelan, faculty member of the UCLA Life Sciences Core Program, will host a book-signing after the lecture and will meet and greet attendees. The poster session and reception will begin at 5 p.m. Phelan’s lecture will begin at 6 p.m., with the book-signing taking place from 7–8 p.m.

To learn more about events and opportunities from the Department of Biology, click here.

Darwin Day is an annual celebration recognized internationally in honor of the birthday and legacy of the historically renowned biologist Charles Darwin, commemorating his contributions to modern science and society. UAB’s Darwin Day celebrates the advancement of science, education and human well-being.