Unleashing Creativity

About this event:
Created by Catherine
Took place on 15 November, 2012 from 18:30 to 21:00
Science World at TELUS World of Science 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6A 3Z7

Science is creative. Whether designing experiments, writing grants or explaining topics to non-experts, creative approaches can be helpful. We want to talk about going outside of the traditional – and maybe your comfort zone – to try new media and/or topics that could lead to new opportunities.

We’ll talk about what might be holding us back and then explore ways around the blocks. We will have a fun chemistry demonstration by Tamara for inspiration.

Not only can creativity help with the traditional aspects of science, but it can help with the way science is portrayed in the public. If we keep sending out the good data and people aren’t getting it, do we need a new approach? To keep a story fresh in mainstream media, we often need a new angle/story. We’re hoping to brainstorm new ways of discussing common science stories: climate change, vaccines, chemical-free movement.

We hope you’ll be excited and ready to add a bit of creativity to your science and life!

The session will start at 7 pm but we’ll have mingling (with BEvERages) at 6:30. Please RSVP so that we comply with liquor laws.

We will have some demos from Tamara as an example of Creativity in the Classroom:

In these days of instant information, keeping the attention of your students during class can be a challenge. In order to compete with instant media sources it is important to make the information presented in the classroom dynamic, interesting and relate-able. Often students will find it hard to visualize an abstract concept from a chemistry class and it can be beneficial to provide a? concrete’ visual to the students. Live demonstrations are a great way to accomplish this. Not only are they entertaining for the students, they offer a creative outlet to present the relevant material in class. In this presentation, you will see how demonstrations are being used to illustrate concepts from a first year chemistry class notebook.
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Altaira Northe says:
13 November, 2012 at 17:29 · Reply

So sad that I won’t be able to make it this month! This is such a great topic! Are the talks posted anywhere online after the fact?
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Catherine says:
14 November, 2012 at 00:11 · Reply

We will live stream and collect tweets. The link will go on the event page.
Chuckles says:
14 December, 2012 at 02:32 · Reply

Walking in the presence of giants here. Cool thinking all around!
Mayuresh says:
1 February, 2013 at 19:12 · Reply

Isis I have a 14 year old daughter who like many kids of her age is a prolific user of the internet.She also has an interest in science and this looks exactly like the kind of blog that she should be able to use to encourage her interest in science.What you appear to be suggesting is that if she finds her self in a position in which she is powerless to respond in any other way that engaging in some form of abusive behaviour would be an acceptable method of last resort as a means of dealing successfully with the matter.It strikes me that their are a number of potential pitfalls in the message you are sending and in the manner in which you broadcast such facts.I wonder perhaps if you should set out youre position more fully with a younger female readership and online safety in mind.
Sulis says:
14 December, 2012 at 13:22 · Reply

What a great, thoughtful, and thought-provoking topline roundup of #scio11.Absolutely, not all scientists want to be science journalists. That more scientists are taking advantage of an opportunity to engage with the public can only be a good thing. I do think some some! scientists who blog have fallen into a very competitive blogging stance that mimics mainstream media’s approach the notion that they must blog about an issue because everyone else’ is doing so, and in order to drive up their blog rankings (this falls into the no thohgut left unuttered’ blogging category as far as I’m concerned). I’d say, if you’re not getting paid (as part of your day job’s mandate or by the aggregator site for which you blog) to blog; if you’re not blogging because you want to lay the foundation and build a platform for yourself as an author, don’t fall into the trap of feeling you have to blog about an issue just leave a comment on someone else who’s covered the topic’s blog.

That will still drive traffic to your own blog site. Not all blogs need to end up in the Technorati Top 100 in order to be successful.The issue you raise about after-reporting’ is a huge one something the nuclear industry has had to deal with after Three Mile Island and Chernobyl and something that needs to be done re the anti-vaxxer movement. When I worked in the nuclear industry, it was clear to me from the outset that the very different reasons for the incidents at Three Mile Island (failure to believe equipment could fail) and Chernobyl (refusal to follow correct safety procedures) had not filtered through to the general public.It’s occurred to me recently that one of the benefits of looking back on the reasons why the anti-vaxxer movement gained ground in a communications post-mortem sense would be helpful going forward. I’m convinced that if the initial key message when the MMR vaccine was developed had been communicating the need to build herd immunity (not save your own child from the perils of measles, mumps and rubella), the anti-vaxxer movement would have had the wind taken out of its sails as more people would have considered it part of their civic duty to have their children vaccinated.

I could be wrong but unless MMR vaccination rates start to rise dramatically, this is something that has to be re-examined.Anyway, raving a bit now so will stop. But thanks very much for this.
Hugo says:
1 February, 2013 at 21:40 · Reply

I just noticed that that guy doesn’t HAVE a capret. Just hardwood floors. Perhaps his capret is out getting cleaned after it was pissed on?

I guess I see my blog more as a sort of party to which anyone is invited and can comment. But if you’re going to start abusing me or the other guests or trashing my house, you’re going to get your ass kicked out the door real fast.Actually, I’ve had comment moderation active on my blog for a few years, ever since a series of attacks by one or more psychotic (or pseudo-psychotic) racist trolls. It kinda sucked letting them be able to dictate this change to my blog, but the fact was that they had access to my site (through my comments section) for more hours of the day than I did.

Changing Landscapes – Science in Canada’s North

About this event:
Created by Catherine
Took place on 20 October, 2012 from 19:00 to 21:00
Science World at TELUS World of Science 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6A 3Z7

We will be joining Science World’s cafe scientifique on science in Canada’s North. Join us for discussion, debate and refreshments with local scientists and researchers to consider how northern research is relevant to all Canadians. We’ll delve into the wide range of exploration taking place in Canada’s north, track how global warming affects the ecosystems and species of this area, and discuss what this might mean to us locally.

Along with our interesting experts, there will be a selection of complimentary appetizers provided by One Planet Catering, a “Green” catering company which uses local, organic ingredients with no pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones or artificial additives. We will also have a cash bar with a selection of organic wine and beer.


Andrew Hamilton
2011 Award Recipient—The W. Garfield Weston Awards for Northern Research
PhD Candidate, Environmental Fluid Mechanics (EFM)
EFM & AUV Lab, Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia

David Flanders
Research Scientist, Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning, University of British Columbia

Russel Horwitz
Principal, Kwela Leadership & Talent Management
Instructor, Sustainable Community Development , Simon Fraser University

Lisa Johnson (Moderator)
Reporter, CBC
Multiplatform journalist with a keen interest in environment and science stories

To keep with the Arctic theme, we will be raffling Omnimax tickets for the new Arctic show.

The panel will start at 7 pm but doors will open at 6:00pm with a special opportunity to view the Water Portraits series and meet artist Peter Holmes. Please RSVP so that we comply with liquor laws – you can RSVP on this site or at Science World.

Naked Science: Excuse me your science is showing

Science World at TELUS World of Science 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6A 3Z7

If you weren’t able to make it, you can see the livestream and related tweets in the recap.

Exposed. Transparent. Nude. All adjectives that should describe access to scientific journal articles, but currently, that’s not the case. The research paid by our Canadian taxpayer dollars is locked behind doors. The only way to access these articles is money, and lots of it!

Right now research articles costs more than a book! About $30. Only people with university affiliations have access and only journals their libraries subscribe to. Moms, dads, sisters, brothers, journalists, students, scientists, all pay for research, yet they can’t read the articles about their research without paying for it again. Now that doesn’t make sense.

At this month’s ScienceOnlineVancouver, we will be discussing:

What is open access?
Why is it important?
What can we do to make journals open access.

Our panelists:

Heather Piwowar is a postdoc with Duke University and the Dept of Zoology at UBC. She’s a researcher on the NSF-funded DataONE and Dryad projects, studying data.

Specifically, how, when, and why do scientists publicly archive the datasets they collect?

When do they reuse the data of others?

What related policies and tools would help facilitate more efficient and effective use of data resources?

Heather is also a co-founder of total-impact, a web application that reveals traditional and non-traditional impact metrics of scholarly articles, datasets, software, slides, and blog posts.

Heather Morrison is a Vancouver-based, well-known international open access advocate and practitioner of open scholarship, through her blogs The Imaginary Journal of Poetic Economics http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.com and her dissertation-blog http://pages.cmns.sfu.ca/heather-morrison/
Lesley Evans Ogden is a freelance science journalist and the Vancouver media officer for the Science Media Centre of Canada. In the capacity of freelance journalist, she is a contributing science writer at Natural History magazine, and has written for a variety of publications including YES Mag, Scientific American (online), The Guardian, Canadian Running, and Bioscience. She has a PhD in wildlife ecology, and spent more than a decade slogging through mud and climbing mountains to study the breeding and winter ecology of migratory birds.

She is also an alumni of the Science Communications program at the Banff Centre. (She will be speaking in the capacity of freelance journalist).
Joy Kirchner is the Scholarly Communications Coordinator at University of British Columbia where she heads the University’s developing Copyright office in addition to the Scholarly Communications office based in the Library. Her role involves coordinating the University’s copyright education services, identifying recommended and sustainable service models to support scholarly communication activities on the campus and coordinating formalized discussion and education of these issues with faculty, students, research and publishing constituencies on the UBC campus. Joy has also been instrumental in working with faculty to host their open access journals through the Library’s open access journal hosting program; she was involved in the implementation and content recruitment of the Library’s open access institutional repository, and she was instrumental in establishing the Provost’s Scholarly Communications Steering Committee and associated working groups where she sits as a key member of the Committee looking into an open access position at UBC amongst other things.

Joy is also chair of UBC’s Copyright Advisory Committee and working groups. She is also a faculty member with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) / Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute for Scholarly Communication, she assists with the coordination and program development of ACRL’s much lauded Scholarly Communications Road Show program, she is a Visiting Program Officer with ACRL in support of their scholarly communications programs, and she is a Fellow with ARL’s Research Library Leadership Fellows executive program (RLLF).

Previous positions includes Librarian, for Collections, Licensing & Digital Scholarship (UBC), Electronic Resources Coordinator (Columbia Univ.), Medical & Allied Health Librarian and Science & Engineering Librarian. She holds a BA and an MLIS from the University of British Columbia.

The panel will start at 7 pm but we’ll have mingling (with BEvERages) at 6:30. Please RSVP so that we comply with liquor laws

See you on June 12! – SoVan Organizing Team

Note: There is also petition going around that states that research paid for by US taxpayer dollars should be available for free to US taxpayers (and others!) on the internet. Don’t worry if you are Canadian citizen, by signing this petition, Canadians would get access to the US research too and it would help convince the Canadian government to adopt similar rules. Sign petition here! Watch this video
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Theresa says:
12 June, 2012 at 12:28 [Edit] · Reply

Is livestream available for this event? I might not be able to attend in person but hope to join via web…
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Lesley Evans Ogden says:
6 June, 2012 at 12:44 [Edit] · Reply

Um, is this “naked science” a clothing optional event? Because it’s a bit cold for that. More like June-uary. I’ll be there to bare all, but fully clothed. 🙂
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Catherine says:
6 June, 2012 at 13:04 [Edit] · Reply

Yes, clothing is required 🙂 I’ll try to have spare lab coats in case others decide to go bare!
I’m glad that you will be there – it’s going to be great!

5/15 Making Contact

About this event:
Created by Catherine
Took place on 15 May, 2012 from 18:30 to 21:00
Science World at TELUS World of Science 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6A 3Z7

Do you have facts that could could clear up confusion or an informed opinion to share? Do you know the question whose answer would help you and others better understand the issue? How do you contribute your knowledge and expertise to your community? Social media is supposed to make it easy but how to you pick between Facebook friends, twitter hashtags, google circles, blog posts and countless other online options?

If you are interested in seeing what happened, check out the livestream.

In the 2nd ScienceOnlineVancouver event on Tuesday, May 15, [updated — it’s on the 15th, not the 17th] you’ll meet people who successfully use social media to communicate with their professional communities, Eric Michael Johnson (@ericmjohnson, primatediaries.com) and Raul Pacheco-Vega (@raulpacheco, raulpacheco.org) They’ll describe what they do, what works (and what doesn’t.) You’ll have a chance to ask questions and share what you know, whether you’re a professional blogger or just-got-a-twitter-account-now-what-do-I-do?

By popular demand, the event will start at 6:30 pm with a chance to mingle with your friends, new and old and we are investigating ways to have alcohol available. The discussion will begin at 7:00 pm. In accordance with the liquor license, please RSVP for the event, even right up to the last minute.

This month’s raffle: your very own Galileoscope telescope, complete with tripod and carrying case. For the price of a ticket, you could see the rings of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter!

All proceeds from drink sales and raffle tickets are used to run ScienceOnlineVancouver events, including materials and the licenses.
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Jamie Vernon says:
15 May, 2012 at 13:40 · Reply

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raymond says:
14 May, 2012 at 23:06 · Reply

I was looking forward to it, but I can’t make it Tuesday. I guess social media is designed for people who change things last minute 😉 Hope it goes well.
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Lesley Evans Ogden says:
14 May, 2012 at 22:26 · Reply

Sorry guys, I need more than 1 day advance notice — can’t make it tomorrow I’m afraid. Lesley
CPC says:
7 May, 2012 at 00:27 · Reply

Sorry, could you please confirm whether there is a door charge for these events? Thanks!
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Catherine says:
7 May, 2012 at 12:25 · Reply

Hi! There is no door charge for these events. We will have a raffle to help raise money for operating costs.
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Fred Bremmer says:
3 May, 2012 at 21:05 · Reply

If this has been rescheduled from May 17 to May 15 you should update this event page with the right date, otherwise you’ll have people showing up on the wrong day.
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polarisdotca says:
4 May, 2012 at 13:18 · Reply

Thanks, Fred! I think we’ve found all the refs to 17 now. 15′s a nicer number, anyway!