This new monthly event will take place in Vancouver and is co-organised by Catherine Anderson, Peter Newbury and Sarah Chow. Their first event is taking place at the TELUS World of Science on 19th April, from 19:00 to 21:00 and will discuss:
Where do you get your science?
Practically every day, the internet gives us another option for finding scientific information. In addition to peer-reviewed journals and mainstream media, we now read blogs and wield heaps of social media tools like Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, and YouTube. More sources publishing more content more frequently! How do we keep up? How do we know where to go for relevant, accurate science?
Our speakers, UBC microbiologist and #arseniclife investigator Rosie Redfield, a local reporter and a mediator/moderator will ignite a conversation about finding science online.
- Dr. Rosie Redfield – Named Nature’s most influential person of 2011, this associate professor of microbiology at UBC hit science fame through her blog RRResearch disputing NASA’s claim life exists in arsenic.
- The local reporter will depend on availability but he/she will focus on science and work for a mainstream media organization.
The SoVan organizers
Catherine Anderson – Catherine Anderson teaches medicine to future doctors and dentists at the University of British Columbia. She also runs a new program at Science World, Future Science Leaders, to motivate and mentor top high school students to achieve their full potential in the fields of science and technology. Catherine’s jobs can seem different on the surface but they all allow her to explore scientific topics and communicate ideas. She uses her PhD in Medical Genetics to show that science is a process, not a collection of facts to memorize. In her spare time, she reads, does needlework, and travels to exotic and geeky locations.
Sarah Chow – Sarah Chow is a PhD student at the University of British Columbia studying Pacemaker Proteins in the heart. She also freelances as a Science Communicator and is a graduate of the Banff Science Communication Program. Making science accessible and educating the public on current scientific issues we face today is her mandate. When not in the lab you can find her running along the trails of the lower mainland.
Peter Newbury – Peter Newbury is an astronomer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UBC. Through his role in the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, he works with colleagues to help them become effective science educators. He uses his love of astronomy as a vector for getting people excited and inspired about science. There, you’ll discover he’s renovating his 100-year-old East Van house, coaching Little League and stargazing from his backyard.