Eminent biologist and philosopher Francisco J. Ayala will present a public lecture “Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion,” as part of ‘the year of Darwin’ celebration at Utah State University. Everyone is invited to the free presentation Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., in the Emert Auditorium (room 130) of the Eccles Science Learning Center on USU’s Logan campus. Ayala, from University of California, Irvine, is best known for his research explaining the genetic mechanisms behind evolution. He is a guest of the Center for Integrated BioSystems CIBR student program.All interested people are invited to read one of his most recent books on the topic, “Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion.” The book is available at the USU bookstore and local libraries.This lecture is a timely reminder that the year 2009 has been termed ‘the year of Darwin’ in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s groundbreaking work “On the Origin of Species.”Ayala was president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a winner of the National Medal of Science. He is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and was a chief witness in the creationist trials in Arkansas in 1981 that prevented religion from being taught as science in the classroomThe lecture has received funding from the Utah Humanities Council.The Center for Integrated BioSystems was established more than five years ago to enhance the study of agriculture and life sciences through an integrated and collaborative approach.
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