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Cambridge Saloon Salon/Cafe Scientifique


Note: for September, the Cambridge Saloon Salon becomes Cafe Scientifique in honor of our special guest, David L. Evans and his organization, the Smithsonian Institution.  Previous talks are listed here.

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Café Scientifique

“A Murder of Crows?  Unraveling the Mystery of West Nile Virus”


Dr. David L. Evans, Under Secretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution

Tuesday, September 12, 6:30-8:30 pm 

(Cambridge, MA) Redline hosts Café Scientifique, with Dr. David L. Evans, Under Secretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution speaking on “A Murder of Crows?  Unraveling the Mystery of West Nile Virus” on Tuesday, September 12, 6:30-8:30 pm at Redline, 59 JFK St. in Harvard Square, Cambridge.  Free and open to all.  For information call Redline at 617-491-9851 or the Center for Naturalism at 617-480-8846.

Redline, in collaboration with the Center for Naturalism, hosts Café Scientifique, a discussion forum in which scientists present research in an informal setting with food and drink available. The presentation is followed by open discussion.  Dr. Evan’s talk, “A Murder of Crows?  Unraveling the Mystery of West Nile Virus” will focus on the following:

The connection between patterns of bird migration, mosquito feeding behaviors, and humans presents serious challenges to preventing the spread of West Nile Virus. In this discussion, Dr. Evans will present some key findings by Smithsonian scientists working on migratory birds. Specifically, he will talk about recent studies on nesting behavior that relate to the transmission of West Nile Virus in birds and humans and the timing of when each species falls ill.  This research also bears on avoiding the threat of an avian influenza pandemic.

About the speaker:

David L. Evans was appointed as the Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution in September 2002. In this leadership role, Dr. Evans oversees the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA; Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama; Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, MD; the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in Suitland, MD; the National Museum of Natural History, National Air and Space Museum, National Zoological Park, and the National Science Resources Center, all based in Washington, DC. He has a passion for communicating about science to the general public and has made it one of his goals as Under Secretary to increase the public awareness of Smithsonian science. The Smithsonian website is http://www.si.edu/research/spotlight/.   

About Redline: Located at 59 JFK St. in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Redline is a full service restaurant and bar serving a contemporary American menu. Its spirited atmosphere is ideal for mingling with locals, dining with friends or simply enjoying a perfectly poured pint of Guinness. Website: http://www.redlinecambridge.com/.  Contact: Vincent Conte, 617-491-9851.

About the Center for Naturalism: The Center for Naturalism (CFN) is a Boston-based 501c3 non-profit educational organization devoted to increasing public awareness of scientific naturalism.  By means of educational programs, lectures, publications and research, the CFN seeks to foster the understanding that human beings are entirely natural phenomena, and that human flourishing is best achieved in the light of such understanding. Web site: www.centerfornaturalism.org. Contact: Tom Clark, 617-480-8846.




- Previous guests and topics at the Cambridge Saloon Salon -

Jeff Hoffman, MIT professor of aerospace engineering and former NASA astronaut:  “Projecting Consciousness: Exploring Space with Humans and Robots” (October, 2005)

Bill Casebeer, philosopher, cognitive scientist and author of Natural Ethical Facts:  “Ethics, Naturally: “The Evolutionary Origins of Virtue” (November, 2005)

Dr. M. William Lensch, research fellow at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School: “Embryonic Stem Cell Research: How, When, and Why?” (December, 2005)

Ellery Schempp, Ph.D., physicist and First Amendment advocate: "Church vs. State, Fundamentalism vs. Naturalism"  (January, 2006)

W. Curtiss Priest, MIT behavioral scientist: "Can Behavioral Science Inform Social Engineering?"  (Dr. Priest's presentation is here)  (February, 2006)

Dr. Ronald Pies, clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts School of Medicine:  "Objectivity in Medicine and Mental Health: Who Has a 'Real' Disease?" (March, 2006)  Dr. Pies presentation can be read here.

"Science vs. the Soul: Can the Self Be Naturalized?", Tom Clark, CFN director. (April, 2006)

"Behavioral Economics: How Rational Are We?", discussion hosted by Tom Clark. (May, 206)

Gary L. Drescher, author of Good and Real, MIT Press: "From Physics to Ethics: How a Mechanical, Deterministic Universe Implements Consciousness, Choice, and Right and Wrong" (June, 2006)


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