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Tri-Beta Chapter Honors Darwin On His Birthday

Double-Darwins: Mark Stanback stands with a life-size image of Darwin at the TriBeta celebration Feb. 12.
Double Darwins: Mark Stanback stands with a life-size image of Darwin at the TriBeta celebration Feb. 12.

Davidson's chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the Biology Honor Society, hosted a party last week in celebration of Charles Darwin's 206th birthday, complete with dinner, cake, a Darwin trivia contest, prizes, and even an appearance by Darwin himself.

Students and Biology Department faculty members filled the Multicultural House on the evening of Feb. 12 (Darwin's Birthday) to pay homage to the father of evolutionary biology. Utah-based science enthusiast Colin Purrington teamed up with illustrator Carl Buell to create digital files that people can use to create life-size cutouts of the famous English naturalist and evolutionary theorist.

Davidson's "Darwin" posed for many pictures at the party, along with a slightly more lifelike Darwin, portrayed by Biology Professor Mark Stanback. Stanback teaches evolutionary biology and for years has dressed as Darwin for Davidson’s Darwin Day celebrations.

"Darwin Day is an international celebration of the intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, and hunger for truth represented by Charles Darwin,” Stanback said. “Because evolution is the concept that unites all of biology, we feel that it's important to have faculty and students participate in the celebration."