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Annual Darwin Day Lecture with Dr. Mohamed Noor

February 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Annual Darwin Day Lecture: Using science-fiction depictions to learn real-world evolution concepts

With Mohamed Noor, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Interim Vice Provost, Duke University
Moderated by Damon Waitt, NCBG Director

Date: Monday, February 12, 2024
Time: 7:00 PM-8:00 PM EST; followed by a reception, sponsored by the Carolina Biodiversity Collaborative, in the Pegg Exhibit Hall
Venue: Reeves Auditorium and Virtual*
*Note: You can attend this event on Zoom, but it will not be recorded.
Free; preregistration required

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Celebrate Darwin’s birthday by joining us for our annual Darwin Day Lecture!

While some people choose to learn about evolution through coursework, a large number of people could be interested in the subject if brought to them wrapped in another subject in which they are already engaged. In this talk, Professor Noor introduces evolutionary concepts, thinking, and approaches framed using depictions from the Star Trek television franchise.

This program is offered in partnership with the Carolina Biodiversity Collaborative.



About the speaker:

Dr. Mohamed Noor is a professor of Biology and the interim vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University. He teaches and leads a team conducting research in the broad areas of genetics and evolution. Dr. Noor has held many elected scientific society offices and research journal editorships. He has also been active in education and outreach, and teaches a popular free online course via Coursera on genetics and evolution. Dr. Noor published a book via Princeton University Press that uses Star Trek to teach principles in genetics and evolution: “Live Long and Evolve: What Star Trek Can Teach Us About Evolution, Genetics, and Life on Other Worlds”. He regularly gives classes and talks at various venues using science fiction to teach scientific principles, and he serves as an occasional scientific consultant for the Star Trek Universe, with on-screen credits for Star Trek: Discovery seasons 3 and 4.

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Dr. Mohamed Noor in Star Trek gear


February 12
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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