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For Immediate Release: April 4, 2012
Susan Joslin, (508) 289-7281; sjoslin@mbl.edu

Adam Lazarus Helps Kids Explore the World of Bugs At MBL Event on April 20

Adam LazarusWOODS HOLE, MA—Happy to Bug You is an interactive, two-part show about the frenetic insect world presented by Adam Lazarus for children of all ages. It will be held on Friday, April 20th from 10 AM to Noon at the Woods Hole Community Hall, 68 Water Street, Woods Hole. Sponsored by the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) Associates, the event is free, and no registration is required. Metered street parking is available, along with the MBL’s Bar Neck Road lot.

The show will begin with photos and videos that capture the chaotic and crazy insect activities that unfold around us every day, most often without our knowledge. A special aerial performance of ant/butterfly symbiosis will be followed by a question and answer time. Then the action moves outside for an optional bug hunt at the Taft Playground on Millfield Street. (Please bring containers). While all ages are welcome, the information in Happy to Bug You is geared toward ages eight to 13. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited.

Adam Lazarus has been drawn to ants almost since infancy. His current focus is on intelligence and behavior at the colony level, looking for rules that could apply to any swarm, including people. For nine years, he studied bacterial endosymbiosis in ants at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. He consults for education, government and television, and emphasizes public outreach in his work. For more information on this event, contact the MBL Associates Office at 508-289-7281 or sjoslin@mbl.edu.


The MBL is a leading international, independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to discovery and to improving the human condition through creative research and education in the biological, biomedical and environmental sciences. Founded in 1888 as the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the Americas.

The MBL Associates are a group of individuals and businesses that support the scientific mission of the MBL through their gifts to the Annual Fund. The Associates sponsor educational and research programs for the MBL and raise funds for special projects. In addition, they operate the MBL Gift Shop, located on Water Street in Woods Hole, the profits from which support scientific fellowships.