Early this week I dropped off all the required material at the Comparative Studies office. They now have my application, 3 letters of recommendation, GRE scores, transcripts, and my letter of intent. Frustratingly, all that can be done now is to wait and see.
The good news is that we have sold 7 T-Shirt since putting up all the designs on Wednesday. Unfortunately, the bad news is that those were all ‘internal’ sales to myself and some colleagues who will be helping at the upcoming Darwin Day event. However, the good news is that we will all look spiffy in out new PBMNH-Darwin Day 2007 shirts.
Speaking of Darwin Day, I have begun to finalize the details of my lecture at that event. After the intro talking about evolution, selection, genetics, etc, I will cover three ‘examples’ of ‘physical evidence’ for evolution. I am planning to review the evolution of the Neanderthals using the replicas available through the David E. Crawley collection. Next, I will talk about something at the genetic level, probably cystic fibrosis and its relation to plague. Finally, I thought I would end on Darwin’s finches. The lecture itself will end on universal common descent, because I like that topic and I think it is quite intellectually provocative.
Finally, I drove to Target yesterday to get the final supplies I needed to complete the exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Boca Raton. What did I need? 4 x posterboard, 1 x tape, 1 x glue, and 1 x colored paper. It is amazing how glue, tape, paper, and a little bit of work can transform mere bagged artifacts into exhibit-level materials.