Lots of Darwin and related material hanging out in my inbox and feeds.
A good name for an elementary school…
A comparison of Darwin and Darkwing Duck (and a dis at the name Beagle).
A revival of Charles Darwin himself – and his thoughts about The H.M.S. Beagle Project – over at Science Creative Quarterly.
Two pieces of interest from the latest newsletter for the History of Science Society: a write-up about paleontologist and historian of science Martin J.S. Rudwick, author of Bursting the Limits of Time and the forthcoming Worlds Before Adam; and a photo essay about British empire and verticality by Michael S. Reidy (who happens to be my advisor).
A list of Wallace-related events in 2008 at The Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial Fund.
Philly Celebrates the Year of Evolution. And PZ comments.
From the Listserv for the International Societyfor the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology:
1. Call for papers: History of Psychiatry Special Issue: ‘A Hundred Years of Evolutionary Psychiatry (1872-1972).’ This Special Issue seeks to explore the history of evolutionary accounts of mental disorders. For convenience, it will focus on the period 1872-1972 marked by the publication of Darwin’s The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals and Tinbergen’s Early Childhood Autism – An Ethological Approach, respectively. Deadline for proposals: 1 November 2008. http://www.ishpssb.org/listserv/20080327-1.html
2. The Darwin Correspondence Project will award a prize of £1000 for the best student essay on a specific topic in the field of science and religion. The essay should use materials from the Darwin correspondence, but need not be based exclusively on such materials. The prize essay will be published on the Darwin Correspondence Project’s website. Deadline for submissions: 1 June 2008. http://www.ishpssb.org/listserv/20080327-2.html
7. Cambridge University Press has just published Elliott Sober’s book Evidence and Evolution — The Logic Behind the Science. Sober investigates general questions about probability and evidence and shows how the answers he develops to those questions apply to the specifics of evolutionary biology. http://www.ishpssb.org/listserv/20080327-7.html
Emily Ballou – The Darwin Poems at the Science and Literature Reading Group.
The latest Quarterly Review of Biology has a series of articles on science and philosophy.
Darwin on Pure Scientific Research at Siris.
Look, ma! I can quote-mine historians too! at The Panda’s Thumb.
desperate men (street theater) present Darwin and the Dodo in the UK.
Write in Darwinian style (no, not like this, but with this).
Agassiz and Thoreau at A Natural Curiosity.
Browse evolution/Darwin themed cartoons at CartoonStock.
Barnacle Goose Paperworks on The Barnacle Goose Tree (some natural history).
Science and Photography at James Deavin Blog.
Carolus Linnaeus; Floral Clocks at Ysebaileybrooke’s Weblog.
New website: John Davidson — The Legacy of a Canadian Botanist.
IPY Blogs: Photography Comes to the Polar Regions–Almost.
A quick review of Measuring the World at The Geo Factor.
From the HIST-NAT-HIST listserve:
Intute: Health and Life Sciences has just launched a free online resourceguide – the first in a new “Focus on …” series. “Focus on … Conservation” aims to provide useful, detailed, high quality sources of information, particularly for students in Higher and Further Education. The guide may be freely distributed and copied for educational purposes only, and we would welcome comments and feedback. The guide is available on the Intute website at: http://www.intute.ac.uk/supportdocs/focuson/biodiversity.pdf
And finally, Adriann Thysse, of the Mystery of Mysteries (formerly Evolving with Darwin) blog, has been reviewing On the Origin of Species as a personal learning experience in a multitude of posts:
14. Laws of Variation I – Effects of Use and Disuse
13. Natural Selection VII – Divergence of Character
12. Natural Selection VI – Circumstances
11. Natural Selection V – The Benefits of Sex
10. Natural Selection IV – Examples
9. Natural Selection III – Sexual Selection
8. Natural Selection II
7. Natural Selection I
6. Struggle for Existence II
5. Struggle for Existence I
4. Variation under Nature
3. Variation under Domestication
2. The Origin of Species