Our first free webinar is on the science behind the news of the swine flu outbreak this Friday, May 8 at 1pm-2:30pmET (10amPT; 6pm London).
Speakers include professors and experts from Cambridge, the National Institutes of Health, and The Cleveland Clinic. The webinar is sponsored by organizations like Scientific American, The Cleveland Clinic, and Constant Contact, and made possible by the technology donation from Citrix Online.
Here's the full webinar info and details on the speakers:
Join professors from Cambridge, the National Institutes of Health, and The Cleveland Clinic for a *free* webinar on the science behind the news of the swine flu outbreak Friday, May 8 at 1pm - 2:30 pm EDT time (10am California; 6pm London).
Hosted by the 250,000 members of the Darwin Group on Facebook and sponsored by organizations like The Cleveland Clinic and Scientific American - and made possibly by the technology donation from Citrix Online - this will be a great way for the general public to learn much more about the science and medicine of the swine flu virus.
- Jonathan Yewdell, MD PhD, Laboratory Head, Laboratory of Viral Disease, National Institutes of Health, and an international expert on the flu virus and a well respected leader in science education.
- Dr. Tallman, Cleveland Clinic. Featured in the media this week, Dr. Tallman will be able to answer questions from attendees about the medical and clinical aspects of this swine flu outbreak.
Several others may join us including from Mexico.
This event is being hosted by the 250,000+ members of the Darwin Facebook group and the Reading Odyssey, an informal community dedicated to public reading, learning and discussion of science, literature, philosophy - i.e. the big ideas of humanity.
Special thanks to the sponsors of this webinar:
- Citrix Online (special, special thanks for donating their webinar technology and for the support from the whole company) - The Cleveland Clinic - Constant Contact - Life Technologies - Scientific American
*** Newsflash: We are continuing our successful work with Darwin as part of The Darwin 150 Project. Science superstars Sean Carroll, E.O. Wilson, Everett Mendelsohn, and Jonathan Weiner are all participating in our free lecture series. Don't miss it! ***
What started as an innocuous social experiment to get 200 people on Facebook to join in wishing Charles Darwin a Happy 200th Birthday turned into a 2-week sprint to get 200,000 members and as much press and interest as humanly possible.
It ended on Thursday, 2.12.09, Charles Darwin's 200th Birthday, with an amazing, hour-long conference call put together so hundreds of fans could listen live to some of the most brilliant scientists alive today speak about Darwin, his legacy, and his impact on their work.
Not only did we hit 200,000 members just in time (11:49pmPT on Wednesday, 2.11.09), but we got a ton of press coverage and support, especially given the short period of time we ran this campaign, including:
* ThinkGeek.com's sponsorship--they not only gave our members an exclusive discount, but emailed their entire customer file about the group
* Citrix Online who donated the phone lines for the conference call also put out a consumer press release about the group
And support from the scientific community was awesome in part perhaps because this was a chance for them to connect with regular folk and teens--not scientists, not even necessarily science fans who had heard of them before--but people who were just inspired by Darwin in some way and wanted to get involved with this crazy effort. Here's the final lineup of scientists who joined us for our hour-long call on Darwin's Birthday. These are real heavy-hitters. Each spoke for about 5 minutes. It was amazing that we got them all on the phone at the same time! See below for full list.
So what's next? Well, membership is continuing to grow--we're at over 222,000 members now and
over 3,500 wall posts, and 70 discussion threads.
The volunteers have decided to keep going throughout the bicentennial year.
* Monthly lectures with prominent scientists (Sean Carroll has already agreed as have several others)
* New goal: *1 million* members by November 24, 2009, the 150th Anniversary of Darwin's On the Origin of Species
Do you want to help?
* We need help promoting the group and the lectures
* We need more help monitoring the Facebook page
* We need volunteers to help run local meetups
E-mail Phil if you want to help at firstname.lastname@example.org
so much to my close friend, Phil Terry, for starting and leading the
group. It was a blast to meet and work with such smart people
on a common goal for a wonderful cause (long live science!)--many of
whom I did not know until this project: Chris Farnet, James Falvo,
Colin Purrington, Kurt Koller, Gerardo Camilo, Melea Seward, Jen
Frazier, Joe Ranft, Beth-Ellen Keyes, April Posavetz, and 300 others.
FINAL LIST OF SCIENTISTS ON THE CALL
Sean Carroll is Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics, an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Wisconsin, and award-winning author of the new book Remarkable Creatures : Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origins of Species (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), The Making of the Fittest (2006, W.W. Norton) and of Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo (2005, W.W. Norton).
Professor Hidde Ploegh is member of the Whitehead Institute and Professor of Biology at MIT. One of the world’s leading researchers in immune system behavior,
John Rennie, appointed editor in chief of Scientific American, is only the seventh editor in chief in the nearly 164-year history of the magazine.
Professor Paul E. Olsen is the Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University.
Professors Andrew Baker and Peter Glynn, both at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. T
John Dowling is the Gordon and Llura Gund Professor of Neurosciences at Harvard University and the director of the Dowling Lab. Dr. Dowling's current research focuses on the vertebrate retina.
John Durant is Professor and Director of the MIT Museum.
George Amato is the Director Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History.
Rodolfo Dirzo is Professor of Biology at Stanford University and director of the Dirzo Lab.
Peter Raven is the George Engelmann Professor of Botany, Washington University - St. Louis and President of the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Pulizer-prize winning Professor Jonathan Weiner spent twenty years as an independent writer, and joined the Columbia School of Journalism in 2005.
Do you want to be on a call with some of the most prominent scientists in the world? See below for details on our Darwin 200th Birthday Celebration Call tomorrow Thursday, Feb 12, 2009 at 1pmET/10amPT.
To join the Facebook group and find out how to register for this free event, go to:
********************************************** THURS., FEB 12 @ 1PM EASTERN GROUP CALL WITH SCIENTISTS *************************************** ******* Prominent scientists will attend our call on Thursday, Feb 12 at 1pm New York time. Below are the names of our special guests - or those that have agreed to support our group and have their names listed below.
- Dr. George Amato, American Museum of Natural History - Professor Baker, Columbia; Director, Coral Research Lab - Professor Rodolfo Dirzo at Stanford - Professor John Dowling at Harvard - Dr. John Durant, MIT Museum - Professor Marc Hauser at Harvard - Professor Jonathan Losos at Harvard - Professor Olsen, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University - Dr. Ploegh, Whitehead Institute, MIT - Professor Peter Raven at Washington University, President Missouri Botanical Garden - John Rennie, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific American - Professor Maryellen Ruvolo at Harvard - Professor Laurie Santos at Yale
We just passed the 140,000 mark in our Happy 200th Birthday, Charles Darwin Facebook Group! To celebrate the big occasion on Thursday, I created a Darwin-related playlist just for fun--see widget below. Enjoy!
In the process of creating this mix, I found a band called The Low Anthem that released an album last year called Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. I added their song "Charlie Darwin" to the mix, natch.
- Thurs, Feb 12 group happy birthday sing-a-long to Darwin...join our event on Facebook for more about this free phone call. (If you're not on Facebook, visit HappyBirthdayCharlesDarwin.com for more info).
*************************************** DARWIN BIRTHDAY STATISTICS *************************************** Day 1 (Jan 29, 2009): ..............556 Darwin supporters Day 2 (Jan 30, 2009): ...........1,713 Darwin supporters Day 3 (Jan 31, 2009): ...........3,470 Darwin supporters Day 4 (Feb 1, 2009): ...........10,001 Darwin supporters Day 5 (Feb 2, 2009): ...........20,000 Darwin supporters Day 6 (Feb 3, 2009): ...........40,263 Darwin supporters Day 7 (Feb 4, 2009 ): ..........59,128 Darwin supporters Day 8 (Feb, 5 2009):............76,123 Darwin supporters Day 9 (Feb, 6 2009).............92,278 Darwin supporters
IT IS 150 years since the publication of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, which suggested that all living things are related and that everything is ultimately descended from a single common ancestor. This has troubled many, including Darwin himself, as it subverted ideas of divine intervention. It is not surprising that the countries least accepting of evolution today tend to be the most devout. In the most recent international survey available, only Turkey is less accepting of the theory than America. Iceland and Denmark are Darwin's most ardent adherents. Indeed America has become only slightly more accepting of Darwin's theory in recent years. In 2008 14% of people polled by Gallup agreed that “man evolved over millions of years”, up from 9% in 1982.
This Facebook Group was only launched a few days ago. Pretty crazy, I know. Here's a fun little chart that Phil put together to show our growth rate. It's the new member per minute growth from 2am to 2pm New York time today, 2.1.09, for the Darwin Birthday group.
The volunteers for our group--Team 200,000--had our first conference call today to discuss logistics and more ideas to get the word out, as well as thoughts about what we'll actually be able to do for our event on Darwin's Birthday. We're using and sharing Google Docs to keep up with it all. We'll see how that goes.
Charles Darwin's 200th birthday is February 12, 2009.
I have somehow been named CMO of the Happy Birthday Darwin Facebook group dedicated to finding 2,000 people who want to wish him a Happy Birthday by Monday 2/2/09. Obviously this is not a serious title--Phil likes to have fun with me from time to time. Anyway, our lofty goal is to have 200,000 people join by 2/12/09.
As of this post, we're up to 1,750 members!
Please join us. Here's how you can help:
1. Be one of 200,000 people to join the Happy Birthday Darwin group on Facebook.Note: you have to join Facebook, if you are not already a member. If you’re one of the 17 people on earth that hasn’t joined, it’s a fairly painless process to do so.
2. Volunteer to help in any of the following ways:
Post the link everywhere: your status update, your blog, Twitter, your office lunch room, your classroom, your dorm room bathroom, your faculty lounge, etc. You can also use the website http://www.happybirthdaycharlesdarwin.com
Update your Facebook status frequently with the latest number of members (and always post the link)
Tell bloggers, press, universities, churches, synagogues, mosques, and everyone else to post the link
Take pictures of yourself with white beard and hat and upload to the Facebook group
Take video of yourself singing happy birthday to Darwin and upload the video to the group
Host a birthday party, or a Happy Birthday Lunch, for Darwin at your office, your home, your classroom, your synagogue, church, mosque,college dorm room… and take pictures and video post them here
And if you feel really passionate, then get in touch with me directly.
This weekend, I am going to try to find a Darwin beard to wear for the big celebration. :)
In a strange coincidence, my new boss, the EVP of Marketing at Musician's Friend, has my birthday--December 23rd. I have never met anyone in my whole life with my birthday (and neither had he), so this is truly odd. According to Discover Magazine,
In a group of 23 people, the odds are better than even that at least two of them will share a birthday.
By Alex Stone
DISCOVER Vol. 27 No. 05 | May 2006
Seems as if you'd need many more people before you'd find a shared birthday, doesn't it? But consider the reverse situation, in which nobody shares a birthday. Since all birth dates are equally likely, then the odds of picking 23 different ones out of 365 aren't that good—less than fifty-fifty. Among 200 people, there is a 99.9999999999999999999999999 percent chance that two birthdays will match! So why don't you meet more people who share your birthday? That's because a specific match is less likely than an arbitrary one. For any two people to share a birthday, any day will suffice; for someone to share your birthday, only one does.
I actually don't have a fear of phobias (aka phobophobia), but I do admit that other things give me the creeps. Some people's loves and hobbies are other people's phobias. Maybe I've seen too many bad movies, but watching "Chucky" gives me the willies, "It" made me forget Tim Curry as Dr. Frank-N-Furter, and I regret ever having watched "Magic" with Anthony Perkins as an alcoholic ventriloquist. (The '80s movie "Mannequin" starring Andrew McCarthy and Kim Cattrall was scary for an entirely different reason.) I've got a poll running on the right column of my site--vote and let me know what you're afraid of.