Darwin Day 2021 - Southwestern Illinois College

Viruses and Evolution

The Biology Department at SWIC has been celebrating Darwin Day for 22 years. Each year we pick a day on or near the anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birthday (February 12) to celebrate science and evolutionary biology by hosting science presentations and serving up Darwin’s birthday cake. This year the Covid 19 pandemic forced us to hold our first “virtual Darwin Day”. For obvious reasons, we chose a theme for Darwin Day 2021: Viruses and Evolution. On this page, you will find links to presentations and articles related to viruses, immunity, and the need for us all to wear a mask in public.

On Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the Biology Department will officially celebrate Darwin Day 2021 with a custom face mask giveaway.

A limited number of 3-layer cloth masks and Darwin’s birthday cupcakes will be given on a first-come basis at a table in the Main Complex, near the Café. For the mask, we chose the phrase “Because Science” as it answers many questions about why people should wear a mask. Science has provided clear evidence that masks greatly reduce the transmission of viruses, including the novel coronavirus responsible for Covid 19 (see links below).  The mask also includes an image of the Illinois Cave Amphipod, an endangered species found only in the SWIC district and the mascot of the Biology Department. Learn more about the Illinois Cave Amphipod here.

Funding for the event is provided by a grant from the SWIC Foundation.

Online Presentations

Short Videos on mask effectiveness

Articles on effectiveness of wearing a mask

Debunking myths about the SARS Cov-2 virus and the Covid 19 pandemic

Information about mRNA vaccines

Illinois Department of Public Health Covid vaccine statistics

Presentations by SWIC Faculty