Category Archives: Science

November: Science Around Vancouver

10 . 29 . 12 | Events , Science

Thursday November 1, 2012

What do Fish, Robots, Aliens and Pokemon have in common? – 1:00pm
They’re all part of an Open Science roster of UBC speakers. Making science open and accessible is more important than ever! Come out and listen to these talks about why it’s important.
Location: Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – Lillooet Room, UBC Campus
Time: 1:00 – 5:00pm

3rd Annual Don Rix Distinguished Keynote Address – 4:00pm
Dr. Eric Green is the director of the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. At this event he’ll be talking about the Human Genomics Landscape: Bringing Genomic Medicine into Focus.
Location: Vancouver Convention Centre
Time: 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Friday November 2, 2012

Providing Evidence-Based Norms, Standards and Guidelines for the Delivery of Health Solutions - 12:00pm
Dr. Clive Ondari is the Coordinator of Medicine Access and Rational Use (MAR) and Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies (EMP) at the World Health Organization (WHO). He’ll be talking about this work on improving access to medicine in the world.
Location: New Pharmeaceutical Sciences Building, 2045 Wesbrook Mall, Lecture Hall 1101
Time: Noon – 1:00pm

Tuesday November 6, 2012

SCWIST presents: The Art of Negotiation – 6:00pm
Learn to master the powers of influence, negotiation and navigating difficult converstaions to create a career, business and lifestyle you want.
Location: YWCA Downtown Vancouver
Time: 6:00pm

Wednesday November 14, 2012

Cafe Scientifique: Viewing the Biological World with X-rays and Magnetic Fields – 6:00pm
Dr. Lawrence McIntosh and Dr. Michael Murphy talk about using X-rays and magnetic fields to advance the field of science.
Location: Life Sciences Centre, LSC3, UBC Vancouver Campus
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Thursday November 15, 2012

ScienceOnlineVancouver presents: Unleashing your Creativity – 6:30pm
To be an effective science communicator, one needs to use a little bit of creativity.
Location: Science World
Time: 6:30pm

Tuesday November 20, 2012

Immigrating Women in Science and Technology – 6:00pm
New to Canada? Looking for a network of women currently working in science, engineering, and technology? Come out and learn about the IWIS and MITACS.
Location: ISSofBC Head Office, 612-333 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday November 28, 2012

Science World presents: Dinner and a Movie Under the Dome – 5:30pm
It’s a great idea for a different type of date night. Purchase your tickets before November 23 and get a free drink voucher.
Location: Science World
Time: 5:30pm

Various dates and times

MITACS Workshops – various dates and times
Improve the skills needed in the working world. MITACS seminars and workshops are incredibly popular so make sure you sign up ASAP!

 

If you have an other science related events you would like me to post on my blog, please e-mail me at sswchow@gmail.com

 


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Simply Science: Episode 7: Killer Eyes

10 . 08 . 12 | Podcast , Science , Science Communication , Simply Science

Did you know the surface of the eyes are clear of bacteria? What causes boredom? Do you know which animal species practice monogamy? Tune in to find out!

 

 

Catch Simply Science with Sarah on CiTR 101.9FM Mondays and Friday between 5 and 6pm.


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Simply Science – Episode 6 – Pain

10 . 08 . 12 | Communication , Podcast , Science , Science Communication , Simply Science

Deriving enzymes from corn? Naked mole rats immune to pain? How do cats get their stripes? I answer all those questions in this week’s Simply Science with Sarah.

 

 

You can catch Simply Science with Sarah Mondays and Fridays on CiTR 101.9FM between 5pm and 6pm.


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October: Science Around Vancouver

10 . 01 . 12 | Events , Science

Happy Halloween everyone! Here’s what happening this month.

 

Wednesday October 3, 2012

Nerd Nite – 6 pm
Hang out with the cool people for a change! Every first Wednesday of the month, scientists, science journalists and science communicators congregate at their favorite watering hole for some good, thought-provoking conversations. And of course, some awesome beer.
Location: Railway Club – 579 Dunsmuir Street
Time: 6 pm

Saturday October 20, 2012

ScienceOnlineVancouver – 6:30pm
ScienceOnlineVancouver and Science World team up to present Changing Landscape: Science in Canada’s North. RSVP here.
Location: Science World
Time: 6:30pm

Saturday October 20, 2012

Mycology Tour in Pacific Spirit Park
Want to learn more about fungi? Now is the perfect time to get outside and learn something about our local forests before the rains come in to stay.

Terry Taylor, formerly from the Science and Technology Division of the Vancouver Public Library, and current UBC Research Associate, will take up to 15 people on a walk through Pacific Spirit Park. He has studied local botany and mycology for 40 years and is a founding member of the Vancouver Mycological Society.

Terry will help you find many sorts of fungi and will explain all of the different parts of the organisms and where this group fits into the ecology of the forest. He will also let you know which species are edible.

Meet at 16th Avenue and Sasamat Street –near the entrance to UBC, and at a trailhead of Pacific Spirit Park – see below. Start time: 10 am. It will be a 2 hour walk.

To really get down and see these fascinating life forms, if you have a hand lens or magnifying glass, please bring it, for you will then be able to see pore structure and all of the myriad other complex parts of these fungi.

Participants should be prepared for possible cold rainy weather with enough warm clothes, as we will be doing quite a bit of standing around.

This event is free. Register here. Sponsored by SCWIST.

Monday October 22, 2012

2012 Gairdner Foundation Symposium
Come and get inspired at this free public lecture featuring Dr. William Kaelin and Dr. Jeffrey Ravetch. Both have done exceptional work to be awarded Canada’s Gairdner Foundation Award.
Location: Life Sciences Centre, Lecture Theatre 2 (LSC 2), UBC
TIme: 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Critical Skills For Success: Effective Networking Skills
The Student Biotech Network is putting on a workshop for you to learn to communicate effectively and get that job of your dreams. RSVP here.
Location: Genome BC Multifunction Room, 500-555 West 8th Ave.
Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Friday October 26, 2012

Science World After Dark
Have fun at Science World, WITHOUT children. Put on your detective hats for this event for this night of killer fun. Make sure you show up at 7pm sharp to participate in the murder mystery. Register here.
Location: Science World
Time: 7pm – 10pm

Monday October 29, 2012

SBN Networking Event
Put your networking skills in action with fellow biotech professionals.
Location: Original Joe’s, Cambie and Broadway
Time: 6pm until you’re all networked out

October 31, 2012

SCWIST’S Brown Bag Lunch
In the spirit of Halloween SCWIST is bringing scientists and journalists together in one room to discuss, ready for it, science communication! OMG! AHH!!!! They have an excellent panelist of science communicator superstars, and if you miss this, that would definitely be scary!
Location: Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

October 12 to 21, 2012

Communicating Science to General Audiences – presented by the Student Biotech Network
Learn how to communicate science effectively and tailor it to a specific audience, albeit granting agencies, potential employers or even family and friends.
Location: Genome BC Multifunction Room – 500-555 W. 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Time: 5:30pm

October 12 to 21, 2012

National Science and Technology Week
The Government of Canada is celebrating science and technology all over the country. In BC, Science World is having a science festival. Check out the website for the celebration near you.
Location: Throughout the country

September 21 to October 21

Science World presents Around the Dome in 30 Days
Come celebrate science for 3o days at Science World’s first ever science festival! There will be various events all throughout the month including Cafe Scientifiques. Keep checking back at http://www.scienceworld.ca/aroundthedome for more info.
Location: Science World

 

If you have any other science related events you would like me to post on my site, please e-mail me at sswchow@gmail. Also, please make sure you check the websites of the respective events to make sure you get the most up-to-date details on the events.


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Simply Science – Episode 5 – Bugs

09 . 23 . 12 | Podcast , Science , Science Communication , Simply Science

In this week’s episode, I give the low down on the cause of rosacea, although some might rather stay ignorant, keeping tomato plants pesticide free and giving anosmia suffers a chance to stop and smell the flowers.


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Simply Science – Episode 4 – Students

09 . 23 . 12 | Podcast , Science , Science Communication , Simply Science

 

On this week’s episode, I give students tips on how to survive campus life and avoid the Freshman 15.

 

 

Photo: student.ubc.ca/campus

 



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Simply Science – Episode 3 – Sperm

09 . 23 . 12 | Podcast , Science , Science Communication , Simply Science

This week I talk about how to keep your sperm young, what makes induced ovulators ovulate and the elusive male birth control pill.

 


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Simply Science Episode 2 – Animals

09 . 09 . 12 | Communication , Podcast , Science , Science Communication , Simply Science

This week’s episode is all about animals how we can learn from them to help us out with our everyday lives.

For example:

Singing mice can provide insight on how we can prevent human speech deficiencies.

The tiny feet of Geckos hold to key to designing waterproof adhesives.

AND

Climate change is killing the Columbian Ground Squirrel in the Rocky Mountains.

Enjoy!

 

 


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September: Science Around Vancouver

09 . 04 . 12 | Events , Science

Welcome to the new school year! Why not kick it off with some awesome science events to get your mind back into the swing of things.

Wednesday September 5, 2012

Nerd Nite – 6 pm

Hang out with the cool people for a change! Every first Wednesday of the month, scientists, science journalists and science communicators congregate at their favorite watering hole for some good, thought-provoking conversations. And of course, some awesome beer.
Location: Railway Club – 579 Dunsmuir Street
Time: 6 pm

Friday September 14, 2012

UBC Post Doc Association presents Research Day – 1pm

Come learn what these UBC Post Docs are up to in their annual research day. It also ends with a wine and cheese. How fancy!
Location: Life Science Institute
Time: 1pm to 6pm

Monday September 17, 2012

The Student Biotech Network presents Building Biotech – 6pm

Get to know what’s happening in the biotech world and meet great mentors at the SBN’s 12th annual kick off event. Enjoy an evening of drinks, dinner and a keynote address by Allen Van Der Wee of Pfizer. Make sure to register at www.thesbn.ca
Location: Hyatt Regency Downtown (by Burrard Skytrain station)
Time: 6pm to 10pm

Thursday September 20, 2012

ScienceOnlineVancouver presents Writing for Action – 6:30pm

So you have the knowledge, so how do you write in a way to inspire and promote action? Lucky for us, Andy Torr, who did an incredibly inspiring talk on how to communicate science at the AAAS this year. So if you missed it, here’s your chance to hear it again.
Location: Science World
Time: 6:30pm

Monday September 24, 2012

Communicating Science to General Audiences – presented by the Student Biotech Network

Learn how to communicate science effectively and tailor it to a specific audience, albeit granting agencies, potential employers or even family and friends.
Location: Genome BC Multifunction Room – 500-555 W. 8th Avenue, Vancouver
Time: 5:30pm

September 25, 2012

Gene Screen BC – presented by Genome BC

Roll out the red carpet for these moviemakers/scientists at this year’s Gene Screen BC event presented by Genome BC! Make sure you vote for your favorite video by September 19th and enjoy the screening gala on the 25th.
Register: http://www.genescreenbc.com/events/2012-screening-gala
Vote for your favorite video: http://www.genescreenbc.com/2012-videos (I personally like Deflating the Genomic Bubble myself, BUT, you be the judge)
Location: Science World
Time: 5pm

September 21 to October 21

Science World presents Around the Dome in 30 Days

Come celebrate science for 3o days at Science World’s first ever science festival! There will be various events all throughout the month including Cafe Scientifiques. Keep checking back at http://www.scienceworld.ca/aroundthedome for more info.
Location: Science World

 

If you have any other science related events you would like me to post on my site, please e-mail me at sswchow@gmail. Also, please make sure you check the websites of the respective events to make sure you get the most up-to-date details on the events.

 


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Climate change, sticky geckos and the olympic medals

08 . 09 . 12 | Science

 

For those climate change non-believer, here are two blogs that may change your mind.

Why we know the earth is warming and that human activities are responsible
Apparently there are three reasons why we know the earth is warming up because of us. Is all basic physics, humans leaving fingerprints and attribution studies. This blog does a good job explaining it, along with graphics.

Creature comforts
Our poor Columbian ground squirrels who make their home in the Canadian Rockies are forced to emerge from hibernation later, due to the delay in melting of the ice. This shortens the feeding and breeding season for this furry creatures which happens in the spring leading to less pups being born.

How to unstick a gecko?
Ever wonder how they stick even during the rain? Well it’s because the tiny hairs on the bottom of their feet that can strongly repel water, a special feature called superhydrophobicity.

Why are olympic medals gold, silver and bronze?
It’s because these are the first three metals that early humans could get a hold of. That’s the quick answer. But for more info you gotta check this post out. Pretty interesting stuff.


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