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Falmouth Forum Season Concludes with Talk about Rare Primates

WOODS HOLE, MA—Connie Rogers, freelance travel writer for The New York Times, will present the final lecture in the Marine Biological Laboratory’s (MBL) 2004-2005 Falmouth Forum series on Friday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street, Woods Hole.  Rogers’ presentation, “Visiting the Family: Rare Primates of the World,” is sponsored by the Associates of the Marine Biological Laboratory and is free and open to the public. 

Rogers has traveled around the world visiting over 50 of our 234 primate relatives.  In her slide presentation, she will talk about her trips to the flooded forest of the Amazon, Vietnam’s Halong Bay, Gabon’s virgin wilderness, and the mini-continent of Madagascar in search of some of the most rare creatures on earth.  Fully one-third of the world’s primates are threatened with extinction. Rogers will illustrate some of the reasons why and as well as describe some promising conservation efforts. 

Rogers was educated at Vassar College and received a master’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania.   Following a career as a book editor at American Heritage Publishing Company and William Morrow & Company in New York, she is now a freelance writer whose work includes travel articles for The New York Times, Town and Country Travel, and Gray’s Sporting Journal, among others.

Admission to this Falmouth Forum presentation is free and open to the public. A buffet dinner is available before the lecture at 6:00 p.m. in the Swope Center located near the auditorium. Dinner tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance at either Eight Cousins Children’s Books, Main Street, Falmouth, or at the MBL in Woods Hole. Dinner seats are limited and are available until they sell out or until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22.   All tickets are nonrefundable. For more information contact the MBL Communications Office at 508-289-7423.

The MBL Associates were founded in 1944 to provide an opportunity for friends of the Laboratory, both scientists and non-scientists, to support the MBL.  Over the years the Associates have taken on a wide range of projects, including providing fellowships for young scientists, supporting the MBL/WHOI Library, renovating the Lillie Auditorium, and landscaping the Whitman-Loeb quadrangle on the Woods Hole campus.  The Associates also help bring the work of the Laboratory to a broader public by sponsoring the Falmouth Forum Series and operating the MBL Gift Shop.  Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the Laboratory.

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The Marine Biological Laboratory is an independent scientific institution, founded in 1888, dedicated to improving the human condition through basic research and education in biology, biomedicine, and environmental science. MBL hosts research programs in cell and developmental biology, ecosystems studies, molecular biology and evolution, neurobiology, behavior, global infectious diseases and sensory physiology. Its intensive graduate-level educational program is renowned throughout the life sciences. The MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the western hemisphere.