I'm heading south to give a series of talks about everything from evolution to science tattoos, the future of journalism, and the mutant bird flu saga. Most of these talks are open to the public. Here's the rundown, with the public talks noted: Thursday 11 am: Bethesda, MD: "Telling the Stories of Science in Words and Images."National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Fellows Scientific Retreat.Thursday 3 pm: Arlington VA: "The Darwin Beat." National Science Foundation
Friday 9:30 am: US Science Engineering Festival, Washington DC Convention Center:
I'm part of the festival's "Nifty Fifty"--speakers who talk to high school students about science. In room 146A, I'll be giving a sneak peek of my Science Ink talk to a group of students, in advance of the festival, which officially starts on Saturday.
Saturday: US Science and Engineering Festival, Washington DC Convention Center: open to the public
I'll be speaking twice about Science Ink --both talks are open to the public 10:55 AM-11:40 AM Stage Meeting Room Number: 147AB Noon to 1: Book signing Expo Hall B 2-2:30 PM National Academy of Sciences Booth 603 Sunday 2pm: Philadelphia : open to the public Philadelphia Science Festival. I'll be talking about Science Ink with a University of Pennsylvania scientist. Location: Frankford HallMonday noon: Radio Times, WHYY in Philadelphia I'll be talking with Marty Moss-Coane. You can listen live via the show web page.Tuesday: Washington DC and Internetlandia: 8:30 to 5 pm: National Academy of Sciences meeting on the mutant bird flu controversy. Open to the public The official name of this meeting is, "Issues Raised, Lessons Learned, and Potential Strategies for Dual-Use Research in the Life Sciences: The H5N1 Controversy." Leading scientists and ethicists will be talking about the surreal saga of the bird flu viruses that have been transformed into mammal-infecting pathogens. (For those foggy on the history, I've written about it in Slate, the New York Times, and here on the Loom.) I'll be talking on a panel at 1:15 about the relationship between scientists and the public when it comes to this sort of research, offering some perspective from the media. The whole meeting is open to the public, but you have to register. I'm also told it's going to be livestreamed. The link should appear on the meeting page, and I'll try to post it here on Tuesday. Whew! That's it. Fortunately, I'll have enough time in Philadelphia to take in a visit to the Mutter Museum. If you don't know what it is, and don't mind getting deeply unsettled by the sight of soap cadavers and Einstein's brain, you really owe it to yourself to go. It is an experience like no other. I hope to blog about my visit upon my return.