Science by the Pint - Of Mice and Genes: The Genetics of Behavior

  • June 10, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Join us at the Burren for this month's Science by the Pint, as Dr, Hopi Hoekstra and colleagues present Of Mice and Genes: The Genetics of Behavior. Dr. Hoekstra's lab at Harvard studies genetic influences on burrowing, climbing, and mating behaviors in various species of mice of the genus Peromyscus.

For those who've never been, Science by the Pint is an event sponsored by an organization of Harvard graduate students called Science in the News.  In between their sleepless hours of hard work at Harvard Med School, they bring cutting edge scientific research to the public in a fun and informal format.  The event goes like this:

  • The main speaker gives a short 5-10 minute talk (not a full length lecture) about their research, then answers general questions from the audience.
  • The team of colleagues comes around to individual tables and spends one-on-one time answering questions over food and refreshments.
  • Lots of nerdy fun is had by all.

Things officially start at 7:00, but arriving by 6:30 allows fellow nerds to find a place to sit together, order food and drinks, and be ready once things get going.

The Burren is located on Elm Street right in the heart of Davis Square, just a short walk from the Red Line stop.  If you prefer to drive, there are metered spots on the street and in nearby municipal lots (see link below).  Metered parking is active until 8:00 PM, and free thereafter. Municipal lot meters are good for three hours, and street spots are good for two.

Hope to see you there :)

SITN - Science by the Pint

Behavioral Genetics at the Hoekstra Lab at Harvard

The Burren

Davis Square Parking









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  • Liz

    Great subject material, interesting stuff. I found that the time given to researchers at each table was a little longer than necessary for conversation, and we didn't get to see everyone. Would have been nice if the researchers spent a little less time with each table (more like 7 or 8 minutes instead of 12-15). That way they can visit more tables and conversation would stay fresh. It would also be nice if there was a break between visits to tables, so that people can get a beer, talk real quick, etc.

    2 · June 12, 2013

    • Eric

      I thought those were coasters

      2 · June 12, 2013

    • Liz

      Oops. I thought this was part of some email survey FOR the organizers. Didn't even realize it was public.

      June 12, 2013

  • Daniel

    Not so, my dear Liz. At my table, we saw 4 researchers (were there more than 4?), and each one of them was interrupted by one of the staff members, asking him/her to move on, interupting the exchanges which were going "full speed" between researcher and meetup members. What we had was (relative) quality of exchanges vs. (relative) quantity. But I appreciate that this is the US of A ,where the latter is more important that the former.

    June 12, 2013

  • Doreen C.

    Awesome as usual. Great researchers letting us pick their brains. Lively and interesting discussions.

    1 · June 10, 2013

  • Allison

    I am here. Gray shirt

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I cannot get there after all. Have fun!

    June 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there! It's my first meetup, so here goes nothing!

    June 10, 2013

  • Allison

    I might be there anyway. If I see the big group I'll join in...

    June 9, 2013

  • Minh D.

    I'll be there and I'll muster the hipness to be square.

    June 8, 2013

  • Janet

    Sorry to miss. Too many things to do tonight.

    June 6, 2013

  • redleaf

    It is good chance to lean and meet people.

    June 6, 2013

  • Tia P.


    June 6, 2013

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