The editors of American Scientist magazine invite you to join them next week for the current installment of the fabled Pizza Lunch Seminar. This time, they have invited Alan Finkel, a neurologist at UNC Hospital, to describe his studies on migraines, cluster headaches and other, similarly delightful topics next Wednesday, December 5 at 12:00 noon at the Sigma Xi Center in RTP. The official title of his talk is "Headaches and Migraines: Causes, Treatments and Effects on Behavior." To put people in the right "frame of mind," a continuous loop of Alvin & the Chipmunks' "Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)" will be playing in the lobby. (Just kidding!) RSVP to Chris Brodie by Tuesday, December 4.
This month's SCONC meeting will be a holiday party on Thursday, December 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in RTP. Come celebrate or commiserate (as you wish!) with the colleagues who know what it's like to wade through jargon. Rage at the crass commercialism of the holidays by dining on food bought with someone else's money. Raise a glass to cheer the health of science communications in North Carolina. Ho Ho Ho! RSVP to Russ Campbell by Thursday, December 6.