Rob Dunn at the NC Museum of Natural Science in Raleigh

The Wild Life of Our Bodies

The Wild Life of Our Bodies by Rob Dunn

Oh man, am I on a roll with the posts today.  I first saw Rob Dunn during one of the American Scientist’s Pizza Lunch when he was talking about his first book.  He now has a second and is at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences for a book release party and other festivities.  See below for complete details.

Everything takes place on Thursday, June 30 from 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m.

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COME SEE THE WILD LIFE OF YOUR BODY AND LIFE

THE EVENT: The Ecology and Evolution of our Wild Lives, June 30th 5:30 to 9:00 pm at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

POSTERS: Come see more than a hundred scientists from the triangle and beyond talk about the species you most directly interact with but little know. There will be informal talks about urban owls and hawks, pigeons, forehead mites, the microbes in your belly, on your belly button and in your cheese, the bedbugs in your, ahem… neighbors house, the voles in your yard and MUCH, MUCH, more. Scientists will be competing for your attention and for prizes for the most interesting and best-communicated research.

TALKS: Come see discussions by Raleigh scientists of the secret lives of termites (they are stranger than you might imagine), the monsters in your garden, the evolution of bedbugs and roaches and, at the end of the night, the wild life of your body (yes, your body), whether those species that are living on and in you or those whose influence is simply felt in terms of who you are. Learn, for example, about how the Toxoplasmosis parasite in many of our brains might be influencing not just who but really who we are.

BOOK RELEASE AND PARTY: After the talks, stick around at the museum for the book release party for Rob Dunn’s new book, The Wild Life of Our Bodies. There will be wine, beer, and a whole lot of wild life.

To learn more about your own wild life, see yourwildlife.org, where you can find out what lives in the belly buttons of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences staff, read about bedbugs, dust mites, why having a tapeworm might be good for you and why we get goose bumps, have an appendix, or suffer anxiety. You can also find out how to study the microbes on your body and the plants and animals of your backyard. New species and discoveries lurk, wherever you live, even on you.

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