May 28, 2008

The Secret Science Club Presents Genomics Expert Rob DeSalle on Wednesday, June 4 @ 8 pm

At the molecular level, Homo sapiens shares a common genetic heritage with all animals. Even a fly has more than one-third the same genes as a human being. Want to know more? Step into our miraculous shrinking machine and explore inner space as micronaut and genetic sleuth Rob DeSalle lectures on the incredible diversity of life, what molecular evolution tells us about disease, and how DNA research is helping save endangered species.

Curator at the American Museum of Natural History and research scientist at the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, Dr. DeSalle leads an international group of scientists working on molecular systematics, molecular evolution, population and conservation genetics, and evolutionary genomics of a wide array of life forms ranging from viruses, bacteria, corals, and plants to insects, reptiles, and mammals.


--Don’t miss our special screening of Dr. Funque and His Petri Dish, directed by scientist/filmmaker Alexis Gambis of IMAGINAL DISC (Science and Film Productions) and the Imagine Science Film Festival

--Stick around for the Q&A

--Sample the genetically altered cocktail of the night, the Gene Fizz!

--Groove to self-replicating tunes beneath the taxidermy in Union Hall's mysterious, subterranean grotto

The “Secret Science Club” meets June 4 at 8 pm in the basement @ Union Hall, 702 Union St. (at 5th Ave.) in Park Slope, Brooklyn, p: 718.638.4400 Subway: R to Union St.; F to 4th Ave.; Q, 2, 3, 4, 5 to Atlantic Ave.

No cover charge. Just bring your smart self.

Doors open at 7:30. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE.

PLEASE BRING ID: 21+. Pocket protectors suggested.