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Willamette U Think considers how Darwin would teach evolution

On March 14, Willamette University’s U Think series features award-winning teacher Jason Niedermeyer '01, MAT'05, who will present “How Darwin would teach evolution.”

“Charles Darwin didn't set out to create the theory of natural selection ─ he discovered it,” says Niedermeyer. “Why shouldn't that be how students encounter it as well? That's what Darwin would argue is the most natural method.”

Using hominid skulls and his innovative approach to teaching evolution, Niedermeyer will discuss natural selection and how it may be applied to education.

A South Salem High School science teacher, Niedermeyer earned a bachelor’s in biology and a master’s in teaching from Willamette University. The National Association of Biology Teachers awarded Niedermeyer the 2010 Evolution Education Award, and he’s a finalist for a 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Brown's Towne Lounge, the series features topics from the sciences and humanities. No background knowledge is necessary, and a question and answer session follows each presentation.

The venue is open to adults 21 and over, and it is in the heart of downtown Salem at 189 Liberty St. NE. Willamette U Think is free, so arrive early to eat, drink and ensure you get a seat.