A Trio of Exhibits

Charles Darwin, Books Inspiring UH Scientists & E. Alison Kaye

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Teri Skillman, (808) 956-8688
Events & Communication
Posted: Jan 22, 2009

EVENT: Year of Science 2009

TITLE: A Trio of Exhibits ~ Charles Darwin, Books Inspiring UH Scientists & E. Alison Kaye

DATE: January 20 — February 28, 2009

VENUE: UH Manoa, Hamilton Library

TIME: Hamilton building hours http://library.manoa.hawaii.edu/about/hours.html

ADMISSION: Free & open to the public


2009 is an important year in the science community. This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, whose work, Origin of Species, was published 150 years ago and became the foundation for all biological research that followed. It was 400 years ago this year, in 1609, that Galileo Galilei demonstrated the first telescope. Also in 1609 Johannes Kepler published his first two laws of planetary motion, which are still used today to describe the paths of the planets in our solar system.

As former U.S. Representative John Porter noted in an AAAS Policy Forum held in 2008: "scientists are, by every measure, the most respected people in America. But if the public and policymakers never hear your voices, never see scientists, never are exposed to science, never understand its methods, the chances of its being high on the list of national priorities will be very low." http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2008/0530stpf_porter.shtml

These are just some of the reasons why the UH Manoa Library, in conjunction with the Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science, is celebrating 2009 as the Year of Science.

To highlight science and recognize scientific innovation, past and present, Hamilton Library‘s Science and Technology department has organized three exhibits in which celebrate the Year of Science and the scientists who describe our reality:

I) Books Inspiring UH Scientists: An exhibit that features 13 University of Hawaii at Mānoa scientists and the books that inspired them to pursue the challenging work of unveiling the secrets of the natural world (Hamilton Elevator Gallery).

II) Charles Darwin & the Origin: A look at the life of Charles Darwin as he developed an understanding of the mechanism for the development of the astonishing diversity of organisms in nature. His seminal book Origin of Species continues to inform the discoveries in biological sciences today (Bridge Gallery).

III) E. Alison Kay (1928-2008): A celebration of the life and work of noted malacologist, Alison Kaye, a scientist and teacher at UH Manoa whose committed engagement to her scholarly and public communities stands as a model of the citizen scientist (Sci Tech Commons).

For more information, please contact Teri Skillman, Events & Communications Coordinator, at 956-8688 or by emailing skillman@hawaii.edu

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