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East Bay Science Cafe: February 2014

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Held the first Wednesday of every month in the Cafe Valparaiso on Solano Avenue in Albany from 7 to 9pm.
1403 Solano Ave., Albany, California 94706

The East Bay Science Cafe is an informal forum for discussing interesting and relevant scientific issues. The goal is to encourage public engagement with science by inviting members of the scientific community to present topics for a casual evening of conversation. Cafes may vary in length and format depending upon the speaker and the topic. Audience questions are encouraged both during and after!

For more information or suggestions contact Monica Albe.

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Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Dr. Harry Greene presents on natural history, aesthetics, and conservation

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photo courtesy of UC Press and Harry Greene, from his new book, "Tracks and Shadows."

Dr. Harry Greene has endless curiosity about the natural world and is a vibrant presenter. He will be speaking on his adventures in natural history and also do some selected readings from his new book, "Tracks and Shadows." In his book, he describes how his work led him to believe that nature’s most profound lessons lurk in hard-won details. He discusses the nuts and bolts of field research and teaching, contrasts the emotional impact of hot dry habitats with hot wet ones, imparts the basics of snake biology, and introduces the great explorers Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace. He reflects on friendship and happiness, tackles notions like anthropomorphism and wilderness, and argues that organisms remain the core of biology, science plays key roles in conservation, and natural history offers an enlightened form of contentment. With all this in mind, we’re excited for what he’ll share with us during the science cafe!

Harry Greene
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Dr. Greene is a professor and faculty curator of herpetology at Cornell University. Before 2000, he was a professor in Zoology and curator at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology on the UC Berkeley campus. He has written several books, including "Snakes" and a new one called "Tracks and Shadows."

Harry Greene is a much loved figure in science, please check out some of these links if your curious what to expect: