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Spying on Whales Book Giveaway

Sign up to join SERC's free webinar with Nick Pyenson on Oct. 20, and you could win a free copy of Nick's book, "Spying on Whales"! Nick Pyenson is a geologist and curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. "Spying on Whales" tells the story of how whales evolved over 50 million years, while the author chases scientific discoveries from Chile to Antarctica. 

Sign up for the Spying on Whales webinar 

Can't make the live talk? If you sign up, you'll receive a link to the recording afterwards so you can watch it whenever you want. And you'll still be entered into the random drawing. On the other hand, if you want to join but don't want a chance to win a free book, you can opt out by emailing Kristen Minogue at

Rules of Entry:

By entering the Spying on Whales Book Giveaway, entrants agree to abide by the following rules:

1.    No purchase necessary to enter or win.  Purchase does not increase chance of winning.  Contest void where prohibited.

2.    Entrants must be natural persons, U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older, except that entrants may not be a regent, officer, employee, fellow, intern, research associate, or volunteer of the Smithsonian Institution or a member of any of the foregoing’s immediate family or household.

3.    To enter, register online for the Oct. 20 Zoom webinar "Spying on Whales" with your name and email address.  Registrants who already signed up before the giveaway was announced will automatically be entered into the contest. To opt out of the contest, email Kristen Minogue at

4.    One entry per person. Multiple entries void.

5.    The Smithsonian will award one (1) prize.  The prize is a free copy of the book "Spying On Whales" by Nick Pyenson, fossil marine mammal curator at the National Museum of Natural History and featured speaker at the Smithsonian's free Oct. 20 webinar, "Spying On Whales." The book "Spying on Whales" has a fair market value of approximately US $17.00. If prize becomes unavailable for any reason, the Smithsonian reserves the right to substitute a prize of like or equal value.  Winners may not request prize substitution.

6.    The Smithsonian will select the winner randomly from the list of signups downloaded from Zoom as a .csv file after the event. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

7.    The Smithsonian will notify the winner via email.  If winner does not respond to the notification within five business days, another winner will be chosen.  Failure to respond within five business days means the winner forfeits the prize.

8.    Entrants give the Smithsonian permission to use his or her entry materials and the entrant’s name, image, and likeness for all standard museum purposes if the entrant is selected as winner and accepts the prize.

9.    Winner is responsible for all taxes on the prize, if any.

10.    All entrants hold the Smithsonian, its regents, officers, employees, fellows, interns, research associates, and volunteers harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with your participation in the contest, receipt or use of the prize.  The Smithsonian and its regents, officers, employees, fellows, interns, research associates, and volunteers are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of entrants’ participation in the contest or winner’s acceptance and usage of the prize.

11.    Winners may be required to execute an affidavit of eligibility and publicity release as a condition of receiving the prize.

12.    The Smithsonian is not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond its control.  Entrants are solely responsible for their entries. Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, pornographic, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.  The Smithsonian reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: inhibit the enjoyment of others; tamper with the competition; violate these Rules; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  The Smithsonian reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at any time for any reason at its discretion.  In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, the Smithsonian reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion.  By entering this contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Rules and the decisions of the Smithsonian, which are final and binding in all respects.

13.    After Nov. 6, 2020, you may obtain a list of winners by emailing Kristen Minogue at