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Museum of Science | Adult Offerings | Fall 2012

Contemplating Creatures

Museum of Science

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

Contemplating Creatures

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Type End Quantity
Member Reservation
Advance Tickets For Museum of Science Members | Begins March 18 at 9:00 a.m.
Ended Free  
Public Reservation
Begins March 20 at 9:00 a.m.
Ended Free  

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Contemplating Creatures
Wednesday, April 3 | 7:00 p.m.
Registration begins on Monday, March 18 for Museum members and on Wednesday, March 20 for the general public

Denise Herzing, PhD
, Founder and Research Director, Wild Dolphin Project | Katy Payne, Co-founder and Researcher, Elephant Listening Project, Laboratory of Ornithology, Cornell University | Rob Shumaker, PhD,
Vice President of Conservation and Life Sciences, Indianapolis Zoo; Former Biologist, Curator, and Exhibit Designer, Smithsonian National Zoo; and Author of Animal Tool Behavior

The ability to vocalize language and communicate with each other has long been considered the
unique domain of humans. Research shows, however, that several species of animals have complex
communication systems and can even vary vocalizations in response to others in their species. But
can humans and animals learn to “talk” to one another? Stretch your notions about animal behavior
and cognition, and find out whether we might someday be able to understand just what animals
have to say.

This program is free thanks to the generosity of the Lowell Institute.

More about this season of Adult Offerings at the Museum of Science:

Scientific inquiry exposes nature’s hidden synergies and tests the boundaries of what we think is possible. While many advancements are life sustaining, recent events in the natural world force us to ask how far we should take our technology and how far we should push nature. Join us for a mind-expanding investigation into phenomena that reveal how interconnected we are with the natural world, a journey to help us find our place in nature’s equilibrium.

We are constantly adding to our seasonal lineup of special guest lectures, panel discussions, podcasts, social event, and more. To stay in touch with the latest Museum Happenings, visit

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When & Where

Museum of Science
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7:00 PM (EDT)

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The Museum takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering and technology, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year via its programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. The Museum’s “Science Is an Activity” exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy® aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. The Museum is ranked #3 by Parents Magazine in its list of the country’s “Ten Best Science Centers." For more information, visit

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