It is a week when we get together across the country to share our love of science, and at McGill Library we have a wonderful virtual program to share with you.
Monday, Sept. 21
2 – 3 p.m. The Art of Communicating Science to Non-Specialists [register]
Wednesday, Sept. 23
10:30 – 11:15 a.m., Urban Heat Island Effect [register]
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Keeping Up with Artificial Intelligence – AI Literacy [register]
Thursday, Sept. 24
5:30 – 7 p.m., Science Literacy Week Book Club: Data feminism, by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F Klein. McGill users can read the e-book here. Everyone can read this book open access online here. [register].
But wait, there’s more! We have lots of ‘science at play‘ resources for you. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for daily colouring pages and puzzles made with images from items in our Rare & Special Collections. Or how about a scavenger hunt? Take photos of any of the items on this list during Science Literacy Week and tag both #SciLit and @McGillLib on social media.
Science Literacy Week scavenger hunt:
Interact with old tech: cassettes, mini-discs, laser discs, rotary phone, etc…
Find something with ‘patent pending’ or a trademark
A native plant
A native bird
A rock bigger than your hand
A cumulus cloud
Something made out of natural fibres
Someone riding a bicycle
Make a shadow puppet
Something being reused or recycled
A data visualization
A DIY project
An example of each of the 6 classical simple machines:
This may not be the most seasonal of posts, considering today is the first day of summer, or the most current, since this video caused quite a sensation more than a month ago – but who can resist a gorgeous time-lapse video of an ice breaker traveling through Antarctic waters?
Cassandra Brooks, a Stanford University doctoral student with the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, produced this video aboard the icebreaker, Nathaniel B. Palmer. The video is a time-lapse sequence, compressing about 60 days into less than five minutes. Enjoy!
Who doesn’t love Internet Archive? I am a big user of the Wayback Machine, where they are capturing and archiving websites back to 1996. Take some time to explore thier site and you will certainly find something in the audio, video, or text archive (they recently hit 10 petabytes). For example, I have been listening to a radio mystery series called Mr. and Mrs. North that aired on CBS from 1942 to 1954. What I didn’t realize about Internet Archive is that they are collecting print books with the goal of archiving one copy of every book ever printed – watch this video – it will blow your mind.
Can you explain your research activities or thesis in 3 minutes to someone outside your field? Jinna Kim in University Affairsreports that many universities are holding prize-winning competitions that require graduate student participants to communicate their work to judges and an audience in just 3 minutes. The idea is to teach students how to promote themselves and their research.
McGill University has an annual event called, “3 Minutes to Change the World” that provides a non-competitive opportunity for graduate students to present their research to a general audience. Below is an example of a presentation from this event:
Two guys walk into a bar – they just happen to be CERN scientists and they can help explain Higgs boson excitation of the Higgs field. This particle physics video is one of a series of five videos from TEDxCERN. Waltch all five on the TED blog for a little on the birth of the universe, the history of the web and big data, dark matter, and antimatter.
Look up to your right when you enter the Frank Dawson Adams Building from the campus side (or from the Roddick Gates side). There’s a shiny new cupola that was placed on the roof of the Macdonald Stewart Library Building this week. Read more about the raising of our roof, and see a brief video of the installation, in the McGill Reporter.