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New Meetup: June's Summer Nights @ Harvard Museum of Natural History

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 10:38 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: June's Summer Nights @ Harvard Museum of Natural History

When: June 18,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Gallery Talk: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Primate Sex*
(*But Were Afraid to Ask)
Speaker: Zarin Machanda
7:00 pm, Free with admission to museum

From the Harvard Museum of Natural History:
http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/lectures_and_special_events/index.php

"Explore the EVOLUTION exhibition and the Great Hall of Mammals with Harvard biological anthropology graduate student Zarin Machanda, and see how evolutionary processes such as sexual selection have shaped primate social systems and sexual relationships. Compare human behavior to those of our closest living relatives, the chimpanzee and bonobo, and learn about Harvard?s primate research and conservation projects in the tropical forest communities of East Africa".

Where to Meet:

T.J. Maher will be waiting inside the museum. Just go through the front entrance, up the stairs, and off to the right, T.J. Maher will be assembling people. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair spiked in the front, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. He'll be there by 6:20 pm. We can head in at 6:30 pm to wander around before the gallery talk.

Care to grab a bite to eat beforehand? T.J. will be in The Garage lower level food court at 36 JFK St in Harvard Square from 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm. They have a Subway sub shop, Flat Patties where you can get a greasy burger, and a Taqueria where you can get tacos.

Care to grab a beer after? Personally, I love John Harvard's Brew House https://www.johnharvards.com/index.shtml at 33 Dunster Street, Cambridge, MA. We can grab a few pitchers and sample what they have in stock that day. We can wander around until 8:00 pm or so, then head out after.

About Summer Nights at the Harvard Museum of Natural History:

"Join us for extended hours on three Thursday nights this summer to explore the galleries and participate in special programs. The museum will offer half-price admission (and a 15% discount in the Museum Shop) from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on the third Thursday in June, July, and August. Each night will feature a special talk in the museum?s galleries, highlighting EVOLUTION, a new permanent exhibition". Thursdays, June 18, July 16, August 20, 5:00 - 8:00 PM.

About the EVOLUTION exhibit:
http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/exhibits/index.php

"EVOLUTION invites visitors to examine the fossil, anatomical and genetic evidence that all life is connected through a shared evolutionary history. View animals and plants that sparked Darwin?s theory, dramatic displays of diversity within species, and computer simulations that demonstrate how natural selection acts. EVOLUTION offers behind-the-scenes looks at ongoing evolution research at Harvard from exciting new discoveries about human origins to surprising insights from new genetic and developmental studies on Darwin's Finches".

About the Glass Flowers exhibit:
http://www.hmnh.harvard.edu/exhibits/index.php

"One of the Museum?s most famous treasures is the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, the 'Glass Flowers.' This unique collection of over 4,000 models?some 3,000 on display?was created by the glass artisans, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolph. The commission began in 1886, continued for five decades, and represents more than 830 plant species".

About Zarin Machanda:

According to Harvard's website, Zarin Machanda was listed as a Biological Anthropology Graduate Student, with the research being focused on "Africa; Behavioral biology of primates; the impact of inter-sexual contest competition affects female chimpanzee feeding efficiency". And according to "The Chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest" http://books.google.com/books?id=yx5hMvqi_msC&printsec=frontcover By Vernon Reynolds he studied chimps at Sonso in 2004.

Zarin Machanda's Blog:
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~primates/zarin_blog.htm

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/NerdFunBoston/calendar/10445623/

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