Pulitzer Prize-Winning Science Writer to Present Book at The Wistar Institute: “The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection between Humans and Dogs”

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Science Writer to Present Book at The Wistar Institute: “The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection between Humans and Dogs”

October 18, 2009

PHILADELPHIA – (October 19, 2009) – Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Jon Franklin will discuss his new book, “The Wolf in the Parlor: The Eternal Connection between Humans and Dogs,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday October 20, at The Wistar Institute. The lecture is part of the 2009 Wistar Institute Authors Series.

After observing a photograph from an ancient burial site in the Jordan Valley that showed the skeletal remains of a man reaching for a puppy, Franklin spent a decade exploring the enduring bond between humans and canines using evolutionary science, archaeology, behavioral science, and first-hand experience. Franklin theorizes that some 12,000 years ago, both wolves and humans lost significant amounts of brain mass, but survived and thrived because of their symbiotic relationship with the other, with wolves evolving into today's domesticated dog.

Franklin is an award-winning science writer who earned two first-in-category Pulitzer Prizes in feature writing and expository journalism. Formerly a science writer for The Baltimore Sun, Franklin’s work focuses on the human side of technology. Franklin is currently a professor and the Philip Merrill Chair at the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

The Joseph Fox Bookshop, an independent bookstore located at 1724 Sansom Street in Philadelphia, will provide books for sale at the Wistar event. Henry Holt and Company, LLC published “The Wolf in the Parlor” in September, 2009.

The Wistar Institute Authors 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/
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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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