Paul Turner / Viruses – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

You are invited to the 3rd Annual Darwin Day Dinner
Friday, February 11, 2011

DARWIN DAY is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12th, the day on which Charles Darwin was born in 1809. Specifically, the event celebrates the discoveries and life of the man who first described biological evolution via natural selection with scientific rigor.
More generally, DARWIN DAY expresses gratitude for the enormous benefits that scientific knowledge, acquired through human curiosity and ingenuity, has contributed to the advancement of humanity. This will be a memorable event for all, and everyone is guaranteed to go home smarter, or at least knowing more than when they arrived!

Join us for an eventful evening filled with a cocktail hour, full course dinner, and fascinating conversation (maybe you’ll even win a prize in our Science Quiz!)

“Viruses – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”
Talk by: Paul Turner, PhD, Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology at Yale University
Dr. Paul Turner runs the Turner Lab at Yale, which uses RNA viruses,  DNA viruses, and bacteria as model systems to test evolutionary and ecological theory, especially questions regarding the evolution of genetic exchange (sex), virus ecology and evolution, host-parasite interactions, and the evolution of infectious disease. Dr. Turner holds a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Rochester and a PhD in Microbial Ecology and Evolution from Michigan State University.

This event is sponsored by:
The Congregation for Humanistic Judaism
of Fairfield County,
 The Wilton Monthly Meeting of the
Religious Society of Friends (Quakers),
The Unitarian Church in Westport,
Norwalk Public Schools Science Department

Date: Friday, February 11, 2011
Time: 7 pm Cocktail Hour, 8 pm Full Course Dinner
Location: The Continental Manor, 112 Main St., Norwalk
Price: $55 per person