Friday, January 18, 2013

Darwin Day Dinner to be held in Norwalk

NORWALK - The 5th annual Darwin Day Dinner will begin with cocktail hour at 6  p.m. Feb.  9  at the Continental Manor, 112 Main St., according to a release.

reet in Norwalk. Cocktail hour begins at 6pm and a full course dinner will be served at 7pm. In addition to a science quiz with prizes, 

Dr. Daniel Colon-Ramos, assistant professor of cell biology at Yale School of Medicine, will give a talk on, “Darwin, evolution and 21st century biomedical sciences: the importance of model organisms in research and discovery,” the release said. There also will be a science quiz, with prizes, the release said.

 Tickets are $60 per person.

"Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held around the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth, February 12th, 1809. The public is invited to join the party and revel in the discoveries and life of
the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor. Darwin Day expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity," the release said.

Also in the release: 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 sponsored by: the Congregation for Judaism, The Wilton Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), the Unitarian Church in Westport, The Maritime Aquarium, and the Norwalk Public Schools Science Department, the release said.

For more information or to RSVP visit or contact the Southern Connecticut Darwin Day Committee: Craig Tomarkin at or John Levin at 646.371.9280 or

Editor's note: All information in this post was contributed.


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