MOST EXCEPTIONAL ESCAPADES IN SCIENCE 2012

Posted by | February 16, 2012 | NEWS/UPCOMING, RESOURCES, SECONDARY | No Comments

The Fifth Edition of our “MOST EXCEPTIONAL ESCAPADES IN SCIENCE” High School Student Conference will be held on Friday March 9th, 2012. Attending this event is FREE, but registration is required. Registration is now closed and we had a great event! Thanks for coming and we’ll see you next year. Conference sign-in opens at 8:30am, with the program starting at 9:15am. See below for full schedule details.

This event showcases various scientific pursuits, including the opportunity for you to engage in hands-on activities, as well as the opportunity to interact with scientists. This year’s program is going to be awesome – and we’ll post more details here closer to the day!

You can download our 2012 Escapades Poster, if you want!

ESCAPADES IN SCIENCE – The HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES for the 2012 Conference.

I. DNA, GENOMES, + MORE
(Dr. Joanne Fox + Agatha Jassem)
In this activity you’ll step into a real reasearch laboratory at UBC and isolate your own DNA!

II. BIODIVERSITY GAME: THE PHYLO PROJECT
(Dr. David Ng)
Studies show kids know more about Pokemon creatures than real creatures. David Ng is out to change that.

III. MICHAEL SMITH LAB TOURS
(Volunteers from the very talented graduate students and post-doctoral fellows at the Michael Smith Labs)
In this activity, students will get a chance to tour Michael Smith Laboratories. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows will share their stories about research and what it’s like to be a scientist.

Speaker Biographies:

Jody Wright is a PhD student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on understanding the structure and function of microbial communities in the low oxygen regions of the Subarctic Pacific Ocean. She is specifically interested in describing the metabolic capacities of these communities, how this capacity varies from the coast to the open ocean, and how this metabolism impacts the cycling of climatologically active gases such as methane, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, and dimethylsulfide. The results of her research could have major implications for global climate modeling and for coastal resource management decisions in Canada and other coastal regions of the world.

Dr. David Ng is Director of the Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory, the educational arm of the Michael Smith Labs. Dave is a geneticist, science advocate, and occasional writer. Dave claims that his Dad beat up Bruce Lee once.

Dr. Joanne Fox is an Instructor at UBC. She’s the director of a new first-year program that involves debates, discussions and other activities to get students thinking and talking about what science is, how it is done, and how it impacts their daily lives. She’s got a really fun creative job that combines education, outreach and science. She lives with her family, which includes their singing dog, Penney, in a historic fishing village just outside of Vancouver.

Details:

Friday March 9th, 2012
9:00am – 3:30pm
Michael Smith Laboratories, UBC
2185 East Mall, Vancouver, BC

maps, bus, parking,

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Joanne Fox
joanne@msl.ubc.ca
604-827-3911

Schedule:
8:30 am STUDENT Registration
9:15 AM WELCOME FROM Dr. Joanne Fox & Dr. David Ng
9:30 – 10:00 Jody Wright, Life of a Microbiologist
10:00 – 10:30 David Ng, Biodiversity and Pokemon
10:30 – 11:30 EXCEPTIONAL ESCAPADE IN SCIENCE
Rotation #1 – DNA, Genomes, + More
11:30 – 12:30 EXCEPTIONAL ESCAPADE IN SCIENCE
Rotation #2 – Phylomon Biodiversity Game
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH (on your own)
1:30 – 2:30 EXCEPTIONAL ESCAPADE IN SCIENCE
Rotation #3 – Michael Smith Lab Tours
2:30 – 3:30 NETWORKING GAME – Draw prizes at 3:15pm
3:30PM END

If you’re interested, you can check out last year’s program here.

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