Philadelphia Inquirer Science Journalist Faye Flam to Discuss Book at The Wistar Institute: “The Score: How the Quest for Sex Has Shaped the Modern Man”

Philadelphia Inquirer Science Journalist Faye Flam to Discuss Book at The Wistar Institute: “The Score: How the Quest for Sex Has Shaped the Modern Man”

September 14, 2008

(PHILADELPHIA— September 15, 2008)—Philadelphia Inquirer science journalist Faye Flam will discuss her new book, “The Score: How the Quest for Sex Has Shaped the Modern Man,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday September 16, at The Wistar Institute.

Flam’s first book, “The Score,” explores the science behind male sexual behavior. With examples from both the human and animal worlds, Flam elucidates how the pursuit of sex has shaped males over millions of years. This scientifically grounded book touches on subjects including the competition for mates, the evolution of the Y chromosome, and the decline of the alpha male. The book is built on extensive interviews with experts across the sciences.

Flam has been covering science for The Philadelphia Inquirer since 1995. Her former column “Carnal Knowledge,” which explored the science of sex, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2006. The column relied on scientific facts across many disciplines including anthropology, genetics, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, psychology, and botany.

She has also written for New Scientist, Science, and The Economist. A graduate of the California Institute of Technology, Flam was recently a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.

The Joseph Fox Bookshop, an independent bookstore located at 1724 Sansom Street in Philadelphia, will provide books for sale at the Wistar event. The Penguin Group published “The Score” in June 2008.

The Wistar Author Series features general-interest books about science and medicine. The free program is part of Wistar’s public outreach efforts, which aim to introduce the Institute and its research mission to a wider audience. For more information visit www.wistar.org/news_info/bookreview/author.htm. To register for announcements about upcoming Wistar Author Series events, send e-mail to shurtz@wistar.org.

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures. On the Web at www.wistar.org.

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