March 24, 2011 • 5:32 am

I’m off tomorrow morning for Washington D.C. After a weekend of visiting family, I’ll be giving two talks on Monday (March 28) at the University of Maryland.  The first is a seminar on my fly research to the Department of Biology (announcement here), and later that evening I’ll give the first Lee Hellman Lecture in Life Sciences—a public talk on my book and related themes.  I can’t find any information on the web about the evening talk, but I’ll post it a link when I get it.  In the meantime, here’s an internal announcement for those of you who may want to come (and you’re welcome to!):

College Park Scholars Life Sciences is pleased to present the first “Lee Hellman Lecture in the Life Sciences” on Monday, March 28, 2011, at 6:00 PM in BRB 1101. Refreshments will be available in the Colonnade next to the lecture theater beginning about 5:15 PM.

Lee Hellman, Emeritus Professor of Entomology, is the founding director of the Life Sciences Scholars Program and remains an integral component of the program to this day.

Each year, Life Sciences Scholars will bring a prominent scientist or journalist to campus who has written a book or article on an important topic in the life sciences directed at a level appropriate for our students and of interest to the general university community.

The speaker for the first Hellman Lecture is Dr. Jerry A. Coyne, previously a faculty member in the Department of Zoology at Maryland and now Professor of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. Dr. Coyne is the author of the 2009 New York Times bestseller, Why Evolution Is True.

The title of Dr. Coyne’s lecture is “Why Evolution is True….and Nobody Believes It.”

My first academic job was at the University of Maryland, but I haven’t been back on campus since I left in 1986.

I’ll be back in Chicago Tuesday afternoon, and, in the meantime, Greg Mayer and Matthew Cobb will be filling in (I might weigh in from time to time).  But though I’ll be gone, remember this:

22 thoughts on “Peregrinations

  1. Long time admirer, first time commenter here. But I just had to say that the pic gave me a good belly-aching guffaw. XD

    Safe travels Dr Coyne, and happy lecturing!

  2. We promise to behave while you are away, & not spill anything nasty or stickyly religious on your web pages!

  3. “Ceiling cat is watching you.”

    I have followed your website very carefully, and I know that this is not possible. Was this a test?

    Safe journey!

    1. And Gambatte! (loosely translated: do your best).

      I live in the area and wish I could attend but it is too short notice. And I’m draggin this week (o shiri ga omoi). Shikatta ganai, yo. (what ya gonna do).

      Regards, ne.

  4. Don’t forget to pack a trunk of suitable boots & also take your digital camera ~ I need more of your lovely foodie hot spot reviews !

  5. Wish I were somewhere near D.C.! Speaking of which, thanks for putting in the “D.C.” As a native Pacific Northwesterner, we get a little touchy about all the times people neglect to do so. Not to mention confused. 😀

  6. IMPORTANT! Do bring back food updates – pictures of piles of delicious goodies. Does Washington DC have a cuisine?

  7. I can recommend Georgia Brown’s, not cheap but definitley fabulous. This was the first time I ever ate grits, we were only in Washington for a week but we ate there three times! (My family motto is “Nothing is too expensive if it goes in your mouth”!) And yes, I gained weight.

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