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Science by the Pint - Cranial Evolution in Birds and Other Dinosaurs

Science by the Pint is coming back to the Burren this month...yaaay!  Join us for more suds and science in the big comfy back room and bar as Dr.
Arkhat Abzhanov and colleagues present Developmental Genetics for Fun and Profit: Mechanisms for Cranial Evolution in Birds and Other Dinosaurs. Dr. Abzhanov's lab at Harvard explores the evolutionary forces that have shaped the heads and faces of creatures from humans to birds, reptiles, and even our Jurassic forefathers of the planet.

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, Davis Square is not known for its ample parking, but there are metered spots on the street and in nearby municipal lots (see link below).  Keep in mind that the meters are active until 8:00 PM. Municipal lot meters are good for three hours, and street spots are good for two. If you're lucky, you could get one of those "business spots" in the municipal lot that are free after 6:00 - but be sure to pay attention to the signage, because the Somerville Parking Police prowleth...

Hope to see you there :)

SITN - Science by the Pint

Abzhanov Lab at Harvard

The Burren

Davis Square Parking









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  • Doreen C.

    Awesome, as usual. Love these events. Getting to pick the brains of a few scientists is a lot of fun! Interesting how they are playing with the genetics of birds, lizards, and mammals to see if they can figure out how their brains enlarged and other constructs in their head occurred.

    May 14, 2013

  • Janet

    Ran out of time. Sorry to miss.

    May 13, 2013

  • Laurinda B.

    this is an amazing it....

    May 3, 2013

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