The next few months are shaping up to be pretty busy with talks. Here's my list so far--more details to come as the dates approach, and more talks to be added soon. If you're in the neighborhood (or at the meeting, as the case may be), come on by... January 5, Salt Lake City: Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. Workshop on communicating with the media. Noon to 1:30, Room 250C January 12, Guilford, CT: "Step Inside Your Brain." I'll be discussing some of the coolest new developments in neuroscience, drawing from Brain Cuttings. January 14-16, Durham, NC: ScienceOnline 2011. Ebooks and straight talk. January 18, New Haven CT: The Ordinary Evening Reading Series. Come to the dive bar extraordinaire, The Anchor, to hear me talk about a planet of viruses, and Annie Murphy Paul talk about how life in utero shapes life ex utero. (Congrats to Annie on this profile in today's Times!) January 19, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY: Bard College Citizen Science Program January 24 & 31, Yale: science writing workshop February 11: Stony Brook, NY: Stony Brook University Provost Lecture Series. "Darwin, From Birth to Death." To celebrate Darwin Day, I look back at the work and influence of Stony Brook's own George Williams, who recently passed away. February 20: Washington DC: American Association for the Advancement of Science, "Humans Without Borders: Evolutionary Processes at Work in Humans and Their Relatives." I'll be talking with three leading evolutionary biologists--Greg Wray, Sarah Tishkoff, and Nina Jablonski--about how their work helps us understand how we got to be the way we are. Yes, it's at 8 am on Sunday. Two options: stay up all night debating over beers whether Homo floresiensis is a short human or a tall australopithicene, or start your day early and get an afternoon nap. Either way, you won't regret it. March 8: San Francisco: AMIA Summit on Translational Bioinformatics. Keynote Lecture: "The Inner Jungle: The Natural History of the Human Microbiome" April 7, Philadelphia, Center for Neuroscience and Society: "Soul Made Flesh: The Origin of Our Brain-Centered World" April 9, New York, Northeast Conference on Science and Skepticism June 7, San Francisco, The Long Now Foundation, "Viral Time"