I just got back from picking up Irene Pepperberg from the Detroit airport and dropping her off at a hotel here in Ann Arbor. A while back I interviewed her for Friday Grey Matters, and afterwards suggested to the UM Neuro peeps on high that she be an invited speaker for the Neuroscience Spring Symposia! Well, they agreed, and Irene agreed, so now she’s here to give a talk on some really new fascinating work with Alex (I’ll be blogging it, so no spoilers except some of it deals with visual illusions in parrots. Cool!!!).
Tonight is the student dinner with Irene, which is pretty much me, Irene, my posse, and of course, Dr. Steve Steve. So tomorrow, while I’ll be at the symposia all day, expect some fun shots of us wining and dining Irene Pepperberg as well as a bit of commentary on her deepest secrets.
(That last part might have been a bit of an exaggeration, but I’ll see what I can do!)