This week has been a good week at work. I’ve started working on one of the projects that I am interested in doing during my fellowship which is exciting. I also made my first travel plans. I will be going to Dallas for the meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) in the middle of October. It definitely feels like work is settling into more of a routine now that I have been here for three weeks.
The Evolution of Evolution
As for non-work fun, that continues as well. Last Saturday morning, I went to part of a Darwin Symposium at the National Museum of Natural History. The symposium included speakers from all over, who talked about different topics relating to Darwin and evolution. One of my favorite talks was by Janet Browne, a professor of the History of Science at Harvard. She spoke about the role of anniversary celebrations in science and provided a look back at what was going on in the world of science at the earlier anniversaries of Darwin’s birthday and publication of Origin of Species. The symposium coincided with the opening of the new Darwin exhibit at the museum, The Evolution of Evolution. I didn’t get a chance to check out the exhibit so I will have to go back to the museum to do that.
Opera in the Outfield
Later that same day, I went to enjoy Opera in the Outfield at the Nationals’ Stadium. It was a free simulcast of the opening night of the National Opera. The first opera of the season was the Barber of Seville and it was fantastic! Going to see opera at a baseball stadium means that you don’t have to dress up and you need to make sure to bring a blanket since they let you sit on the grass in the outfield to view the big screen. It also means that for dinner you can have a hot dog while you enjoy the opera. I had a half smoke from the Ben’s Chili Bowl stand, which is a smoked sausage on a hot dog bun with mustard, cheese, chili, and onions. Very delicious!!! Prior to the start of the opera, the fans at the ballpark were treated to a showing of the Rabbit of Seville, starring Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd.