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Ithaca, NY (February 2, 2016) – Science Cabaret will be hosting a program about evolution, Darwin, and the tree of life. The event “READING THE TREE OF LIFE” takes place on Tuesday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m. at Coltivare, located on 235 S. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY.

Februarys’ Science Cabaret will feature an exploration of evolutionary trees by Dr. Rob Ross, a science educator and paleontologist at the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth. Participants will explore the many shapes of evolutionary trees used historically and that appear today in popular media, exhibitions, and textbooks. Understanding evolutionary trees is important because trees visually represent the idea that all life is genealogically linked.

This program is also part of Darwin Days: The Tree of Life | Feb 8-13 2016. Hosted by PRI & Cornell University – An annual commemoration of the birthday and ideas of Charles Darwin.

What:  Science Cabaret is a live—and lively—event in a casual setting: and here in Ithaca they are held at Coltivare, a bar, restaurant and event space on 235 S. Cayuga Street. There is no stuffy lecture or slideshow—the speakers present the science in lay terms and facilitate a dynamic conversation with a diverse audience.

When: Tuesday, February 9 | 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm

Note: Cash bar, you can also come early for dinner, order from a limited menu during the program, or stay late for dinner/snacks. Don’t forget on Tuesday from 4-7pm at the bar when you order one draft beer you get one FREE!

 Where: Coltivare | 235 S. Cayuga St.

Parking available on the street or in the garage above the restaurant.

Cost: FREE!

About Ithaca’s Science Cabaret

These lively events take place one Tuesday a month at Coltivare in Downtown Ithaca. Scientists and others are invited to talk about their work and the audience participates in an extended discussion with the presenters. Previous cabarets have covered climate science, evolution and religion, robotics, and astro-physics, just to name a few. All Science Cabarets are free to the public, open to all ages, and no science background is required! For the latest program visit:

About Dr. Rob Ross

Rob Ross is the Associate Director for Outreach (education and exhibits) at the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth. Rob received his B.S. in Geological Sciences from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences from Harvard University. He spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Kiel in Germany and four years in the Faculty of Science at Shizuoka University in Japan before coming to PRI in 1997.

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Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.