Events: 2006

A SPECIAL COMMUNITY READS EVENT

Friday, January 27
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Presents:
Jonathan Weiner, the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of ‘The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time’

Join us for this community celebration as Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jonathan Weiner makes a special appearance to discuss The Beak of the Finch and its examination of groundbreaking scientific research in the field of evolution.

A booksigning will follow, and copies of the book will be on sale at this event, courtesy of Barnes and Noble Booksellers.

In 1995 Mr. Weiner won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Science for The Beak of the Finch. His other books include Planet Earth, Time, Love, Memory, and His Brother's Keeper: A Story from the Edge of Medicine. In addition to the Pulitzer, his books have won the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and many other honors.

Weiner entered science journalism as a senior editor of The Sciences, the magazine of the New York Academy of Sciences. His writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, the New York Times, New Republic, and the Washington Post. He has served as Writer-in-Residence at Rockefeller University; the McGraw Professor of Writing at Princeton University; and Rhodes Chair Professor at Arizona State University. He has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution; the California Institute of Technology; the Linnean Society of London; and aboard the Lindblad Explorer in the Galapagos Islands. He currently teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Washtenaw Community College – Morris Lawrence Building
4800 Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor Township
7:30 – 8:30 pm
For more information, call the Ann Arbor District Library at 734-327-4560

A SPECIAL COMMUNITY READS EVENT

Friday, January 27
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Presents:
A Workshop For Area Middle and High School Teachers Featuring
Jonathan Weiner, the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of ‘The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time’

The Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2006 Committees will host a workshop for high school and middle school teachers which will offer an opportunity to meet Jonathan Weiner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time.

Mr. Weiner will discuss his book, which was chosen as the focus of this year’s Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Reads, as well as offer suggestions for using it in the classroom. There will be ample opportunity for questions and answers.

The event will include a tour of the University Of Michigan new Exploring Evolution exhibit.

Registration is required and interested teachers may register for this free workshop by emailing Linda Prieskorn at Ann Arbor Public Schools at prieskor@aaps.k12.mi.us.

The University Of Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue
Ann Arbor Township
9:00 am to noon
For more information email Linda Prieskorn at prieskor@aaps.k12.mi.us

RELATED READS EVENTS

Monday, January 9
Documentary: Charles Darwin: Evolution’s Voice

This 2005 documentary was first shown on television as part of A& E’s Biography series and chronicles the history and intellectual pursuits of the young Charles Darwin.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:00 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Tuesday, January 10
Book Discussion Leader Training Session

Come learn book discussion techniques at one of four sessions led by AADL, UM staff and Rev. Susan King, D. Min., Associate Director, UM Life Sciences and Society Program.
Ann Arbor District Library – 3rd Floor meeting room: aadlfreespace
343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00 - 8:30 pm
To register, call the AADL Fiction/Media Desk at 327.4560.

Wednesday, January 11
Revolutionary Treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

With winter upon us and the festive season packed into boxes and memories, many dread the coming months of short gloomy days and the seemingly endless cloudy weeks ahead until spring guides us into summer. It happens every year. This is Seasonal Affective Disorder, or just plain SAD. There are several proven ways to treat this disorder and much new research. Join us to learn new ways to combat the winter blues with panelists Dr. Melvin McInnis, Dr. John Greden, Dr. Randy Nesse and. Dr. Tom Zelnik.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Saturday, January 14
Exhibit Opening: Explore Evolution

Kick off your participation in Family Reading and Science with a bang! Join the Exhibit Museum for an opening celebration of this NSF-funded exhibit exploring the evolutionary history of organisms as large as whales and as small as viruses.
UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
http://www.umich.edu/evolution

Thursday, January 19
Book Discussion Leader Training Session

Learn book discussion techniques at one of four sessions led by AADL, UM staff and
Rev. Susan King, D. Min., Associate Director, UM Life Sciences and Society Program.
Ypsilanti District Library – Community Meeting Room
5577 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti
7:00 - 8:30 pm
To register call: 482-4110 ext. 1303

Saturday, January 21
Phenomenal Paleozoic: Out of the Water

Make your own jellyfish, one of the oldest sea creatures. Excavate aquatic fossils from different rock strata, then date a fossil the way scientists do, and finally sculpt one of the first four-footed land animals from its skeleton. A UM Family Science Program. Parents need to attend with their children who must be 4 years old and up.
Ypsilanti District Library
Main, Michigan Avenue, 229 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti
11:00 am -noon
For information call 482-4110 Ext.1390
Whittaker Road, Story Room, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
3:00 - 4:00 pm
For information call 482-4110 Ext.1340

Sunday, January 22
Book Discussion Leader Training Session

Learn book discussion techniques at one of four sessions led by Ann Arbor Library and UM staff and Rev. Susan, D. Min., Associate Director, UM Life Sciences and Society Program.
UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor
1:00 - 3:00 pm (includes free exhibit tour)
To register, call the AADL Fiction/Media Desk at 327-4560

Sunday, January 22
Phenomenal Paleozoic: Out of the Water

UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor
3:00- 4:00 pm
http://www.umich.edu/evolution

Monday, January 23
Afternoon Book Group

All are invited to join the first of 3 monthly discussions of Jonathan Weiner's, The Beak of the Finch.
Jewish Community Center
2935 Birch Hollow Drive (off Stone School Road south of Packard)
Ann Arbor
1:00- 2:30 pm
Attendance is free. Call 971-0990 for information.

Monday, January 23
What Do Scientists Do? The Nuts and Bolts of the Scientific Process

In addition to confusion surrounding scientific method, there are concerns that science is venturing far beyond what the public wants and little is done to help the public understand today's science. This program will be presented by Sharon Kardia, PhD, Co-Director, UM Life Sciences and Society Program and will provide an opportunity for public discussion about the science of today, specifically focusing on advances in the life sciences.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Wednesday, January 25
Book Discussion Leader Training Session

Come learn book discussion techniques at one of four sessions led by AADL, UM staff and Rev. Susan King, D. Min., Associate Director, UM Life Sciences and Society Program.
Pfizer Inc.
2800 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor 48105
Noon - 1:30 pm (includes FREE lunch provided by Pfizer):
To register, call the AADL Fiction/Media Desk at 327.4560.
Attendees must bring state photo ID to enter Pfizer.

Saturaday, January 28
Phenomenal Paleozoic: Out of the Water

At this fun workshop, make a jellyfish, excavate and date aquatic fossils and sculpt one of the first four-footed land animals just from its skeleton.
Ann Arbor District Library
Malletts Creek Branch Library
3090 East Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor
10:00-11:00 am
Northeast Branch
2713 Jackson Ave. (Plymouth Road Shopping Center)
2:30-3:30 pm
For information, call 327-4200

Thursday, February 2
Thursday Morning Book Discussion Group (Adult)

Book Discussion of The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
Ypsilanti District Library
Whittaker Road, Conference Room 1C
5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
10:30am -noon
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1356

Thursday, February 2
Travel to the Heart of The Beak of the Finch : the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos is habitat for some of the world’s most unusual animals and plants, many found nowhere else. Las Islas Encantadas (the Enchanted Islands) have excited the interest of scientists and nature travelers for centuries. Join Will Weber, owner of Journeys International, as he leads us on a tour of this unique area, which so fascinated both Charles Darwin and The Beak of the Finch scientists, Peter and Rosemary Grant.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Saturday, February 4
Magnificent Mesozoic: Into the Air (Family)

Explore the world during the era when dinosaurs roamed the land and birds first took to the air. Create a rubbing of an archaeopteryx fossil. Discover how a dinosaur might have used feathers, and how different feathers can be. Also explore how Triceratops got his horns. A U-M Family Science Program. Parents need to attend with their children who must be 4 years old and up.
Ypsilanti District Library
Main, Michigan Avenue, 229 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti
11:00 am- Noon
For information call 482-4110 Ext.1390
Whittaker Road, Story Room, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
3:00-4:00 pm
For information call 482-4110 Ext.1340

Saturday, February 4
Discover Careers in Science (Teen)

Teens! Do you like science? Are you especially good at it? Learn more about science as a profession. Discover how to turn your interests into a meaningful career in the science field.
Ypsilanti District Library, Community Meeting Room,
Whittaker Road 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
2:00-3:30 pm
Registration strongly encouraged: 482-4110 ext. 1348.

Tuesday, February 7
Searching For New Medicines: Across the World and Under the Seas

David Sherman, Research Professor for the UM Life Sciences Institute is searching for new medicines, including a cure for cancer, in the uncharted world beneath the South Seas!
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Thursday, February 9
Intelligent Design and Evolution:
How Jews Use ­ and Don't Use ­the Biblical Story of Creation.

Rabbi Robert Dobrusin of Beth Israel Congregation will discuss Creationism.
Jewish Community Center
2935 Birch Hollow Drive
Ann Arbor
11:00-12:30 pm
Information call the center at 971-0990

Thursday, February 9
Revolutions in Vaccines & Combating Pandemics

Dr. Boulton Associate Dean of UM School of Public Health will discuss new methods in dealing with public health challenges associated with detection and control of new current and emerging infectious diseases.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Sunday, February 12
Darwin’s Finches and Natural Selection (Teen)

Be Darwin for a Day! Come celebrate Darwin’s birthday by discussing and participating in an activity illustrating the principles of natural selection.
Ypsilanti District Library, Community Meeting Room,
Whittaker Road 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
2:00-3:30 pm
Registration strongly encouraged: 482-4110 ext. 1348.

Monday, February 13
Monday Evening Book Group (Adult)

Book Discussions about The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
Ypsilanti District Library
Whittaker Road, Conference Room 1C
5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
7:00- 8:30 pm
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1306.

Monday, February 13
Elijah: The Real McCoy (All Ages)

Direct from Greenfield Village, actor Tony Lucas introduces audiences to the fascinating inventor and reveals how one of his 57 patents got trains into the station ahead of time! You will travel to 3 countries and through 80 years as you discover why his life and life’s work remain an inspiration to this day.
Ypsilanti District Library, Community Meeting Room,
Whittaker Road, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
7:00- 8:30 pm
Registration strongly encouraged: 482-4110 ext. 1303

Saturday, February 18
Freaky Beaky (Youth)

Come learn about birds with some fun hands-on activities.
Ypsilanti District Library
Whittaker Road, Community Meeting Room, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
1:00-2:30 pm
For information call 482-4110 Ext.1340

Sunday, February 19
The Internet (R)evolution: Past, Present and . . . You Really Think So? (Adult)

Charles Yun, Program Manager in Science and Engineering for Internet2, will briefly cover the creation of the Internet and how everyday things have come to rely on networks. He’ll also discuss how advanced research networks are supporting technologies of the future.
Ypsilanti District Library
Whittaker Road, Community Meeting Room, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
2:00-3:30 pm
For information call Adult services 482-4110 Ext 1377

Sunday, February 19
Magnificent Mesozoic: Into the Air

UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor
3:00-4:00 pm
http://www.umich.edu/evolution

Monday, February 20
Ann Arbor Reads and JCC Book Group welcome Aaron Stutz

Aaron Stutz, PhD, lecturer in Anthropology at U-M, who will bring background and depth to the discussion of basic evolution theory from Darwin to today. He will also address the issues of human evolution, the history of the scientific idea of human races, and the history and development of IQ tests in terms of the complicated relationship of genes, intelligence, and education. The JCC Book group will also meet on Mar. 20 to continue discussion of the book, The Beak of the Finch. These discussions are free and open to the public.
Jewish Community Center
2935 Birch Hollow Drive
Ann Arbor
1:00 to 2:30 PM
Information call, the center at 971-0990

Monday, February 20
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Discussion: The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

Library and UM Exhibit Museum staff lead a discussion of Jonathan Weiner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book. No registration required.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Wednesday, February 22
Evolution Through Different Eyes: A Multicultural Perspective

A presentation by Dr. Rosina J. Hassoun, Anthropologist and Adjunct Professor at Michigan State University. Here in the U.S., the concept of evolution can be a controversial topic. How is this topic discussed in other countries?
Dr. Hassoun will examine how several world cultures and major religions view evolution and will also compare and contrast western and non-western perspectives. In addition, she will examine the cultural lens through which evolutionary perspectives developed in the west and how other belief systems engage the concept of species change over time. Dr. Rosina J. Hassoun is an anthropologist and is currently an adjunct professor at Michigan State University and Lansing Community College.
Ann Arbor District Library--Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Thursday, February 23
Stem Cells: Fact and Fantasy

Current research with human embryonic stem cells raises complex and sensitive questions.
Dr. Sue O’Shea, Director of the Michigan Center for Embryonic Stem Cell Research and UM Professor of Cell and Development Biology, addresses this timely issue and discusses its implications for the future.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Friday, March 3
Alpha Omega Robotics Team Demonstration

The Alpha Omega Robotics Team 470 From Ypsilanti High School will help celebrate the 2006 Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads by introducing us to the world of F.I.R.S.T. robots and competitions among teams across the United States. Team 470 will include a demonstration of their robot’s abilities needed to compete in the games and give an overview of challenges involved in participating in these events.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:00 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Saturday, March 4
Fun with Electricity/Fun without Electricity (Youth)

Electricity--what would we do without it? Learn how it works and what kids did for fun before we had it. Age 6 and up.
Ypsilanti District Library
Whittaker Road, Community Meeting Room, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
1:00-2:30 pm
For information call 482-4110 Ext.1340

Sunday, March 5
Concert by Members of the World’s Only Life Sciences Orchestra

This special concert features a quartet from the University of Michigan’s Life Sciences Orchestra, who will perform a selection of symphonic classics.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
2:00- 3:00 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Tuesday, March 7
Tuesdays at 2 Book Group (Adult)

Book Discussion of The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
Ypsilanti District Library
Main, Michigan Avenue, 229 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti
2:00-3:30 pm
Details: 482-4110 ext. 1314

Tuesday, March 7
New Discoveries in 21st Century Astronomy with a NASA Astronomer

Sten Odenwald, author and award-winning astronomer with Raytheon ITSS, is currently the education and public outreach manager for the NASA IMAGE satellite program in Washington D.C. His presentation will include a discussion on the progress and future of journeying into the cosmos.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Wednesday, March 8
Revolutionary Scientists: The Legacy of Albert Einstein

Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Professor, UM Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, will present a fascinating audio-visual presentation that takes us back to that year when Einstein changed the scientific world forever.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Thursday, March 9
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads Book Discussion: The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time

Library and UM Exhibit Museum staff lead a discussion of Jonathan Weiner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book. No registration required.
Ann Arbor District Library
Malletts Creek Branch Library
3090 East Eisenhower Parkway, Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4200

Sunday, March 12
The Solar Car (Teen/Adult)

Fresh from a victory at the 2005 North American Solar Challenge, the University of Michigan’s Solar Car is a prime example of how solar energy continues to be a revolutionary force in advanced sustainable technology. Join former Solar Car Team Leader Steven Antalics for a talk about the evolution and potential of the Solar Car.
Ypsilanti District Library
Whittaker Road, Community Meeting Room, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
2:00-3:30 pm
For information call 482-4110 Ext. 1377

Monday, March 13
Panel Discussion of Evolution and Intelligent Design in the Classroom

What is the role of evolution education in today’s public and private school science curriculum? Should it be avoided? What is the role of the teacher? A panel of teachers, scientists, clergy and teacher educators tackle this issue – and leave time for audience questions. Cosponsored by the National Association for Multicultural Education
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Tuesday, March 14
Discussion of Scientific Trends in Food and Agriculture

Mike Score, Washtenaw County Agriculture Agent for the MSU Extension Service and Dr. Catherine Badgley, UM Research Scientist and expert on sustainable agriculture and food systems, will discuss the most recent developments in local farming as well as national and global trends in sustainable, traditional and genetically engineered farming practices.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

Saturday, March 18
Sensational Cenozoic: Back to the Sea (Family)

Find out how land animals went back to the sea. Discover which animals have changed since the Mesozoic and which animals look the same. Learn how birds are still changing today. Also create your own whale or whale ancestor. A U-M Family Science Program. Parents need to attend with their children who must be 4 years old and up.
Ypsilanti District Library
Main, Michigan Avenue, 229 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti
11:00-noon
For information call 482-4110 Ext.1390
Whittaker Road, Story Room, 5577 Whittaker Road, Ypsilanti
3:00-4:00 pm
For information call 482-4110 Ext.1340

Sunday, March 19
Sensational Cenozoic: Back to the Sea

UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor
3:00-4:00 pm
http://www.umich.edu/evolution

Saturday, March 25
Life through the Ages Discovery Day

Horseshoe crabs and dinosaurs…whales and mastodons…How do we know about life on our planet? Discovery Day at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History means you’ll meet experts, try hands-on activities, do experiments, and see our new “Explore Evolution” exhibit, all with a view to understanding how life on Earth changes through time. Take a close up look at the fossils of creatures from long ago, and learn how scientists clean and study fossils to reveal the secrets of ancient animals.
UM Exhibit Museum of Natural History
1109 Geddes Avenue, Ann Arbor
9:00 am-5:00pm
http://www.umich.edu/evolution

Wednesday, March 29
Medical Advances in Treating Bipolar Disorder with experts from the University of Michigan Depression Center

More than 2 million American adults suffer from bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness. This can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and suicide. But bipolar disorder can be treated, and this panel will highlight new research in the field.
Ann Arbor District Library- Downtown Library Multi- Purpose Room
343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor
7:00- 8:30 pm
For information, call 327-4560

SPECIAL EVENT
Wednesday, April 5, 2006
A Special Appearance Featuring Scientists Peter and Rosemary Grant

Scientists Peter and Rosemary Grant will make a special appearance in Ann Arbor and bring the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Reads 2006 to an exciting conclusion. The Grants will speak at a free public event cosponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library and UM Exhibit Museum. This is an unprecedented opportunity to see and hear the scientists that were the subjects of Jonathan Weiner's Pulitzer prize-winning book, The Beak of the Finch.

Michigan Theater
603 East Liberty
Ann Arbor (Downtown)
7:00 -8:30 pm