Irene Pepperberg to Appear in NYC

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Cognitive scientist, Irene Pepperberg and her parrots, Griffin, Arthur (Wart) and Alex.
Image: Mike Lovett, Brandeis University.

I just wanted to let you know that Irene Pepperberg has several speaking engagements to promote her new book, Alex & Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence — and Formed a Deep Bond in the Process (scheduled release date: 28 October 2008). As you might remember, six months ago, I was given the opportunity to review an advance reading copy of several chapters of this book, which I favorably recommended at the time (I am looking forward to reading and reviewing the completed book as soon as it arrives). Anyway, she is traveling to several cities to promote the book and to raise money to continue her research. Thanks to one of my readers, I will be attending one of Pepperberg’s two NYC appearances! This appearance is an interview by Robert Krulwich, who is the host of Nova Science Now, and regularly appears on NPR and is an ABC News correspondent [Irene’s speaking schedule]. To say the least, I will definitely be writing about her appearance on my blog for all of you to read about.

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grrlscientist is the pseudonym of an evolutionary biologist and ornithologist who writes about evolution, ethology, and ecology, especially in birds. After earning a degree in microbiology (thesis focus: virology) and working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, she earned her PhD in zoology from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she studied the molecular correlates of testosterone and behaviour in white-crowned sparrows. She then worked a Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where she studied the speciation and distribution of lories and other parrots throughout the South Pacific Islands. A discarded scientist, she returned to her roots: writing. Formerly hosted by The Guardian (UK), she now writes about science for Forbes and for the non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute and she writes podcasts for BirdNote Radio. An avid lifelong birder and aviculturist, she lives with a flock of songbirds and parrots somewhere in Germany.
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0 Responses to Irene Pepperberg to Appear in NYC

  1. DeafScientist says:

    I’d be curious to hear if she mentions kea: I know there are studies on intelligence and problem-solving using kea as subjects.