Hello, all
     It's hard, trying to figure out how to send seasonal greetings and news these days. In the end, we designed a web page that can be printed out. Those with net connections can see it in full color and active links by just typing


into a web browser.  If you want to see the pictures from last year too, they are at



2001 Year-end Letter
This 'tree' is really a pyramidal neuron of cerebral cortex.  The axon exiting at bottom goes long distances, eventually splitting up into 10,000 small branchlets to make synapses with other brain cells.
William H. Calvin
Katherine Graubard

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December 2001.  We are well, as are parents.  Katherine (who is now a full professor) has a lab full of people, compared to last year.  Bill has a new book out in the Spring.  Life is good.

Katherine's parents now have an apartment in Seattle for the summers (here having dinner with Bill's mother Agnes), and we had a fine time doing local excursions.


And Katherine's cousin Leslie Kazon came to visit, here at a beach on Whidbey Island.

Agnes Calvin with Bill, who is dressed for a formal dinner

The Kistler Prize selection committee, honoring Richard Dawkins (center).


Bill and our friend Beth Loftus had an article in Psychology Today in March.








We spent some time up at the university's Friday Harbor Labs on San Juan Island during  Spring 2001, with Bill staying there for several months while finishing up his book, A Brain for All Seasons: Human Evolution and Abrupt Climate Change.

Bill has been having fun renewing his old interests in photography, what with a digital camera.

 The Friday Harbor Labs


Two major trips abroad. 

August 2001.  We both went to Helsinki and St. Petersburg for a long weekend in August, guests of Paul Allen.  An amazing amount of art and interesting people.


In Helsinki, on our sailboat trip, the philosopher Dan Dennett forgot his hat and so got a piratical headcloth.  Here he is talking with the historian David Halberstam.


Katherine in the Hermitage.

One of the high points of the three days was getting to know Tom Stoppard.  He has a trilogy of new plays opening this Spring in London.



That's us, outside Catherine's Palace in the outskirts of St. Petersburg, dressed for dinner.


That's Katherine, then Jim Watson (of the Double Helix), and Susan and Daniel Dennett (of Darwin's Dangerous Idea).  Just six scientists on the trip, plus a few other authors, out of several hundred total.


Bill with Martha Stewart, with whom we enjoyed many conversations over the weekend.


November 2001.  The other big trip for Bill was with a group to see cave art in France and Spain, then on to Africa.


This is the cliff overhanging the village of Les Eyzies, in the Dordogne.  "Cavemen" didn't really live in caves, just back under such overhangs (like the modern buildings shown).  The real caves in the area were not dwellings but art galleries; we visited Font de Gaume, Lascaux II, and Cougnac.


Here is the famous overhang where the Cro-Magnon bones were found, what first showed that modern humans were living around here about the same time as Neandertals.


Outside Covalanas cave, another art-filled cave in northern Spain near Santander; we also saw Altamira II and El Castillo.  The archaeologist Nancy Wilkie, the cave art expert Paul Bahn, Bill, and the paleoanthropologist Don Johanson.

In Addis Ababa, Don Johanson showed us the fossilized bones of "Lucy," 3.1 million years old, which first showed that upright posture came long before brain size started to increase.  We flew over his expedition camp at Hadar in Ethiopia's section of the Rift Valley.

At Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania (which goes down to 2 million years), the paleontologist Louise Leakey (the third generation of Leakeys) showed us a fossil cast of their latest big find, a new 3.3 million year old Kenyanthropus skull from Lake Turkana which is quite different from Lucy and her relatives.


Saw Ngorongoro Crater (really Caldera) and Lake Manyara.  See the book's chapter for more.  Fans of more wildlife pictures and fossil sites might want to look at the 2000 year-end page, for visits to Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana.

For the last few years, we've looked ahead at yearend to see a pretty empty calendar for the coming year.  They always seem to fill up.  Same thing this year, nothing on the 2002 calendar except for Katherine teaching a course up at Friday Harbor Labs from mid-March to mid-June (and Bill commuting).

Season's Greetings to all. Keep in touch!
Katherine and Bill
P.S. If you want to see the pictures from last year too, they are belatedly posted at WilliamCalvin.com/2000/yearend.htm  .

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