Daniel Colón-Ramos / Darwin, evolution, and 21st century biomedical sciences: the importance of model organisms in research and discovery

You are Invited to the 5th Annual Darwin Day Dinner to be held on Saturday, February 9th, 2013 at the Continental Manor in Norwalk
located at 112 Main Street, Norwalk.

Cocktail Hour will begin at 6pm and a full course Dinner will be served at 7pm. The price is $60 per person. There will be a Science Quiz (with prizes!) and a Talk by Daniel Colón-Ramos PhD, Assistant Professor of Cell Biology, Yale School of Medicine, titled: “Darwin, evolution and 21st century biomedical sciences: the importance of model organisms in research and discovery.”
Dr. Colón-Ramos is a primary researcher at Yale Medical School’s Program in Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair. He uses the c. elegans nematode as a model for neural development and uses the latest microscopy technologies to observe the development of neural networks in vivo with single cell resolution. Dr. Colón-Ramos received a BA from Harvard College and a PhD from Duke University Medical Center.

Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12th, the day on which Charles Darwin was born in 1809. Specifically, the event celebrates the discoveries and life of the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor. More generally, Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity. This will be a memorable event for all, and everyone is guaranteed to go home smarter, or at least knowing more than when they arrived!

This event is sponsored by The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism of Fairfield County, The Wilton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Unitarian Church in Westport and the Norwalk Public Schools Science Department.