Forced vacation, Day 4


Thank you for your interest in the Noble Foundation’s Workshop in Virus Evolution. Your abstract has been accepted for presentation as a POSTER. Registration for the meeting is now open…

Whoooo! My first conference! And is in… Ardmore… LOL! I have no idea why/how this workshop started, or why its in Ardmore Oklahoma, but Ill take it!

Invited Speakers for this year’s meeting are:
Marco Vignuzzi, Pastuer Institute
Holly Wichman, University of Idaho
Valerian Dolja, Oregon State University
Alice Telesnitsky, University of Michigan
Frank Ryan, Sheffield Health Authority
Susanna Manrubia, Astrobiology Institute

And, word has it, the Evilutionary Biologist will be there too! YAY!


  1. #1 flo
    August 2, 2008

    congrats on your first conference!

  2. #2 Jared
    August 2, 2008

    Is it a one-day conference, or is it like the Louisiana Herp Convention and lasts 3 days?

  3. #3 Stacy S.
    August 2, 2008

    Oooh! The “Evilutionary Biologist” is cute! 😉

  4. #4 vhutchison
    August 2, 2008

    The Noble Foundation Research Lab is in Ardmore. They do good work in several fields, much in agriculture, but not all. Over the years they have had outstanding speakers and other programs. Congrats on your participation!

  5. #5 vhutchison
    August 2, 2008

    They also do genomics, etc. Their web site:

  6. #6 Jrob
    August 2, 2008

    Dagnabbit!!! My first thought was “Why the @#$% is a science conference being held in Ardmore Alabama? Oh well, who cares? This should make stalking ERV easy, so whatever.”

    But then I read it was the wrong Ardmore.

    Nevermind me. I’ll just be over here pouting.

  7. #7 Paul Lundgren
    August 2, 2008


    Good article here about clinical studies on HIV treatment prolonging life. They also cited your buddy, Peter Deusberg, to make him look foolish(er).

  8. #8 John Dennehy
    August 2, 2008

    Why Ardmore indeed! I’ll have to tell you the full story about the Noble Foundation over beer. It’s a good one 😉

  9. #9 petroski
    August 2, 2008

    Hey…! It really made me smile!!!

    Yeah! Do your thang!! Impress them!!! (someone should have said…)

    All the best, its nice to read your blog.

  10. #10 John Kwok
    August 2, 2008

    Hi Abbie,

    Congratulations on presenting your first paper. Wish you much success with your poster session, including a lot of favorable feedback.

    When is it?

    Best regards,


  11. #11 flo
    August 2, 2008

    Something for you holiday: Cern/LHC Rap

    Yes, it’s physics, but still worth a look I think. Though if you’re still on the low speed connection you could be in for a long wait. Wanna do an epigenetics rap? ^^

  12. #12 Sili
    August 3, 2008

    I feel bad.

    I’ve been to several conferences – usually paid for by one of the unions or my uni. And I’ve never contributed as much as you to Science – not even collectively.

    It can’t be long before you’re invited, though.

    Good luck!

  13. #13 John Kwok
    August 3, 2008

    Hi all,

    I realize that this is off-topic, but am curious to see who here at ERV can guess the correct answers. Only two who’ve seen this quiz got the answers right so far, and one of them was former NCSE staffer Nick Matzke (Am re-posting this from a science discussion forum I created over at



    Here’s a fun quiz I’ve created and sent to several friends elsewhere online. Let’s see if you can answer this question:

    Which actor is a direct descendant of a famous British biologist?

    This actor has appeared in either a popular television series or film (or both) and is a direct descendant of a famous British evolutionary biologist.

    1) Who is this person?

    a) Richard Attenborough
    b) Helena Bonham Carter
    c) Christopher Eccleston
    d) Skandar Keynes
    e) Lalla Ward

    2) The actor’s ancestor is:

    a) David Beatty
    b) Cuthbert Collingwood
    c) Charles Darwin
    d) Ronald Fisher
    e) Thomas Henry Huxley

    3) The actor’s best known role is:

    a) John Hammond in Jurassic Park
    b) The Doctor in Doctor Who
    c) Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd
    d) Romana in Doctor Who
    e) Edmund Pevensie in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    4) The actor’s cousin is filmmaker and author (who is also a direct descendant of the same famous British biologist):

    a) Sherman Alexie
    b) David Attenborough
    c) Paul Auster
    d) Matthew Chapman
    e) David Lean

    5) The actor’s famous ancestor is noted for:

    a) Important contributions to population genetics and statistics
    b) Co-developing the theory of evolution via natural selection
    c) Coining the word Dinosaur
    d) Discovering the very first Neandertal Man fossil
    e) Recognizing the close kinship between birds and dinosaurs

    This is a tricky trivia quiz. You’ll have to read all the questions and try to answer each one via a process of elimination.

    Good Luck.

    Best regards,

    John Kwok
    (aka “Jekyll and Hyde of Paleobiology” courtesy of Uncommon Dissent IDiot Borg drone DaveScot Springer)

    P. S. The first one to get all the questions correct will demonstrate that he/she possesses more “exceptional” intelligence than either my “buddy” Bill Dembski or his chief Uncommon Dissent acolyte, DaveScot Springer.

    P. P. S. You may find clues by perusing some of my reviews devoted to films and books posted since February 2007.

  14. #14 joy
    August 3, 2008

    Aha! With some web sleuthing, I think I’ve got it!
    1)Skandar Keynes
    2)Charles Darwin
    3)Edmund Pevensie
    4)Matthew Chapman
    5)co-developer of the ToE

    Am I right? (I knew about the Matthew Chapman/Darwin link from watching Judgment Day: ID on Trial, but the Skandar Keynes was tough. I wasn’t exactly expecting a child actor)

  15. #15 John Kwok
    August 4, 2008

    Hi Joy,

    Yes, absolutely right!!!!

    Appreciatively yours,


  16. #16 RayvenAlandria
    August 5, 2008

    Oh man, Ardmore is the wrong way! You’re supposed to come this way!

    You’re going to do a great job. I wish it were more this on this side of Okie-not-so-dokie-land. Our group might have been able to show up.

    We were talkin’ about you today! hehehe. I keep running across people who read your blog. You are becoming quite the famous scientist. You deserve it.

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