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Evolutionary Biology, Then and Now - A Darwin Day Dinner at Einstein's

Your fixed-price dinner will include an entree from this inviting menu (PDF) and will include a non-alcoholic beverage and family-style dessert, all for $15. Tax and gratuity will be added. Since we will be paying individually, you can add other items from Einstein's regular menu, if you like, and of course, drinks from their well-stocked bar.

We will need a solid head a week before this event. So feel free to sign up here now, but expect to be contacted later for confirmation of your reservation.

Complimentary valet parking will be available.

Evolutionary Biology, Then and Now - A Darwin Day Dinner at Einstein's

Please join us at Einstein's for what we hope will become an annual public tradition of celebrating International Darwin Day here in Atlanta.

The format for our Darwin Day Dinner will be a 2-speaker mini-symposium, with the first presentation on a topic from the history of evolutionary of biology and the second on a topic having to do with the discoveries made possible using contemporary research methods.

5:30 pm - Gather for drinks and socializing.

6:00 pm - Evolutionary Biology Then:
"The Evolution of Creationism" - Mark Farmer, Chair of the Division of Biological Sciences, University of Georgia

7:00 pm - Dinner

8:00 pm - Evolutionary Biology Now:
"Endless Genomes Most Beautiful" - Chris Gunter, Girlscientist Consulting

About Our Speakers

Mark Farmer is Chair of the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Georgia. He is the author of over 40 research publications that focus on the origin and evolution of microorganisms and is a Past President of the International Society of Evolutionary Protistology. Mark is a frequent contributor to the Athens Banner Herald where he writes on topics of science and public policy and he is also a media consultant for the Georgia Citizens for Integrity in Science Education.

Chris Gunter, owner of Girlscientist Consulting which offers services in science editing at all levels, has recently moved to Atlanta from Alabama where she was Director of Research Affairs for the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville. Chris has publishing experience at several journals, including editorial positions at Human Molecular Genetics and Science. She has served as the editor for genetics and genomics manuscripts at the international journal Nature, the most highly-cited general science journal in the world.

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  • Marc M.

    For those who want to take a look at Chris Gunter's slide presentation "Endless Genomes" before our audio podcast is ready, here is a link.

    http://prezi.com/npwliazkabn-/endlessgenomes/

    February 15, 2013

  • Juanita P.

    Thank you so much! Great topics and wonderful company. Looking forward to attending more events in the future.

    February 13, 2013

  • Mark D.

    As with all AST events that I'm providing A/V support for, the talks and slides will be posted to our podcast as soon as feasible possible following the talks. Subscribe to the podcast at http://podcasts.abruptmedia.com/feed/ast

    2 · February 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the shout-out, Marc! We really enjoyed the event! Thanks to all involved. Although the venue was not ideal - Maybe you can post the slides somewhere?

    February 12, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Steve - I'll get to work on getting the slides wrangled and posted. My apologies for the venue. It was first go at Einstein's and I relied too much on their assurances that the room could be organized for adequate viewing by 85+ people. If we use the space again it will be for a smaller crowd. - Marc

      February 12, 2013

  • Marc M.

    A big thank-you to Barbara Moss and Beth Green for helping get everybody checked in so smoothly last night!

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • corinne l.

    Thank you Marc for another very nice evening. Looking forward to more!

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Patrick L.

    Great event. Thanks Marc. Platypus - WTF!

    2 · February 11, 2013

  • Allison B.

    Another great program, Marc! Thanks for all your hard work in bringing it together.

    2 · February 11, 2013

  • Laurie

    Thank you Marc! It was another wonderful evening you organized filled with great speakers sharing interesting information!

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Marc M.

    In my acknowledgement of past Atlanta Science Tavern speakers last night I failed to mention Steve Potter, who gave a fascinating talk on neuroengineering at our Manuel's meetup this past October.

    1 · February 11, 2013

  • Kathy

    Very interesting talks. I enjoyed the whole experience very much.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Clare W.

    The event was well planned and orchestrated. The first speaker was quite good, but the second speaker spoke too fast to be understood properly.

    February 10, 2013

  • Stacy C.

    I loved the event. Marc, you and anyone else who is involved do a great job. I've had fun and enjoyed every event I've attended.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Kim V

    Thanks for a great couple of presentations!

    February 10, 2013

  • Paul

    It would have been better if we could mingle instead of having to find a table and then sit the whole time.

    1 · February 10, 2013

  • Jonathan M.

    Enjoyed the entire evening.

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got this but I've already made plans. :(

    February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just got this but I've already made plans. :(

    February 10, 2013

  • Frances

    I may be a little late. I am at the Atlanta ballet Dracula production.

    February 10, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Frances - I'll let them know to hold your seat. - Marc

      February 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am coming down with a cold. Hope my spot can be taken.

    February 10, 2013

  • Michele

    I have to miss this! I'm feeling pretty sick today.

    February 10, 2013

  • John A.

    Sorry for the late notice, but I'm not going to be able to make it after all. Hopefully someone else can still enjoy my seat.

    February 9, 2013

  • Madeline R.

    I really wanted to go but I have a last minute conflict. See you at the next one!

    February 8, 2013

  • Juanita P.

    Yay!!!

    1 · February 4, 2013

  • Laurie

    I would love to go! My fingers are crossed:-)

    January 30, 2013

  • Kim V

    Can I have one of Jane Kelly's open spots? (I'll check back tomorrow anyway.)

    January 28, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Kim - I'm going to try to work through the waiting list systematically after a reminder goes out in the next couple of days. - Marc

      January 29, 2013

    • Kim V

      OK. Watching, waiting...

      January 30, 2013

  • Juanita P.

    How do you decide who moves from waiting to attending?

    January 18, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Juanita - I had a backlog of past Science Tavern speakers and long-time supporters who had let me know that they wanted to attend. They were the first to be moved from the waiting list. Then there were some people who let me know that they had received notices of openings that I closed manually before they were able to respond to them. Hereon out I'll be trying to address the waiting list in chronological order. - Marc

      January 18, 2013

  • Marc M.

    I've used the responses to my 2 requests for confirmation this past week to mange the RSVPs for this event.

    As a result, some "attending" people who did not respond have been moved to the waiting list. And some people on the waiting list have now been marked as "attending."

    I have also trimmed the total number of available slots so that I can accommodate guests of the speakers.

    I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused, but we are flirting with overfilling the dining room at Einstein's as it is and the waiting list is around 70 deep.

    Please let me know if I have made an error in this process and I will try to remedy it.

    Marc ([masked])

    January 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How do we get on the wait list? Thanks.

    January 15, 2013

    • Marc M.

      James - The wait list is about 60 deep right now, so I've closed the meetup to new RSVPs. When I sort out the non-confirmations, some spaces will open up. Next year I'm doing this event in Phillips Arena :) - Marc

      1 · January 15, 2013

  • Marc M.

    Sorry for any confusion about "open spot" emails for this event. I've closed the meetup to new RSVPs so that they shouldn't be automatically generated anymore. I've also sent out a request for confirmations to those who "are attending" due by the end-of-day Monday. New spaces should open up Tuesday as a result as I move people who haven't responded to my request onto the wait list. Hope this helps clear things up. - Marc

    January 11, 2013

  • Sam Skinner, P.

    I am on the wait list but keep getting emails stating that a spot is open. Yet when I come to this site there seems to be no way to grab the spot. How do I claim a spot when one comes available??

    January 11, 2013

    • Marc M.

      Also, I sent out my first round of requests for confirmation yesterday. Monday is the deadline for their replies. There should be spaces opening up Tuesday as a result.

      1 · January 11, 2013

    • C2

      Okay thanks! I had the same questions too :)

      January 11, 2013

  • Toni

    Oh, should have read all the way down. Will lookout Tuesday. Thanks.

    January 11, 2013

  • Toni

    Hi,
    I'm having the same issue as Sam Skinner - getting notices, but can't sign up. Please advise. Thanks.

    January 11, 2013

  • Richard

    Unexpected conflict. Totally bummed. :(

    December 18, 2012

  • S B.

    Yay!!!!!

    December 18, 2012

  • Fred S.

    There is so much interest in this that I am going to give up my reservation to someone on the wait list. Have fun and I hope there is a re-do!

    December 18, 2012

  • Jane Holmes B.

    Have fun, everybody!

    December 18, 2012

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