Most Exceptional Escapades in Science – March 14th, 2014

Posted by | February 04, 2014 | NEWS/UPCOMING | No Comments

Just released:

Our next escapades will be for high school students, and is scheduled for March 14th, 2014 (Friday). Please see the schedule below and click here to register. Note that registration is free of charge and we can only accommodate 100 participants.


General Information and Schedule For March 14th, 2014

This event showcases various scientific pursuits, including the opportunity for you to engage in hands-on activities, as well as interact with some of the most prominent scientists in the world. This year’s program is looking awesome! We’re going to explore a variety of SCIENCE themed pursuits.

Conference sign-in opens at 8:30am, with the program starting at 9:10am SHARP. See below for full schedule details.

8:30 am STUDENT Registration opens

9:10 WELCOME FROM Dr. David Ng
9:20 – 9:50 Dr. Hélène Côté, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. UBC
9:50 – 10:20 Dr. Wayne Maddison, Department of Zoology, UBC

10:20 – 10:30 Introduction to ESCAPADES rotations.
Rotation #1 – See descriptions of hand-on activities below.
Rotation #2 – See descriptions of hand-on activities below.
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH (on your own)
Rotation #3 – See descriptions of hand-on activities below.

2:40 – 3:10 Dr. Leonard Foster. Department of Biochemistry, UBC.
3:10 -3:30 Close and draw prizes.
3:30PM END

HANDS-ON/INTERACTIVE ACTIVITIES for the 2014 Conference include:

I. IPCC debriefing: Students will learn about the recently published Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report (AR5). This document summarizes the current state of scientific research on climate change and is primarily used in official contexts for international climate change negotiation meetings. Dave Ng from AMBL will cover some of the key aspects in an interactive entertaining manner that will highlight the importance of this document. (Host: Michael Smith Labs)

II. ON THE HUNT FOR MUONS: In which students will be shown how to make a DIY Cloud Chamber fully capable of detecting sub-atomic particles. (Host: UBC Physics and Astronomy)

III. HUMAN GENOMIC DNA PREP: Students will perform a standard genomic DNA isolation from their own cheek cells. Other discussion around concepts of personal genomics will also be entertained.


Dr. Hélène Côté: Hélène Côté’s research concentrates on the mitochondrial toxicity of drugs, primarily antiretroviral drugs used in HIV therapy. The use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) (triple therapy) has significantly decreased mortality in the HIV infected population. However, HIV therapy is not a cure and treatment is life-long. As HIV infected individuals survive longer, the toxicity of the drugs and the serious side effects they cause are becoming a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. More information here.

Dr Wayne Maddison: Wayne Maddison is a professor and Canada Research Chair at the departments of zoology and botany at the University of British Columbia, and the Scientific Director of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. His lab’s research focuses on jumping spider systematics and evolution, and on computational and theoretical phylogenetics. That is to say, we discover how cool jumping spiders are, and how amazing is the history of diverging genetic descent. (More information at

Dr. Leonard Foster: Leonard Foster is an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry, and currently the Director of ChiBi (Centre for High Throughput Biology. His lab studies a variety of host-pathogen combinations, through the use of quantitative proteomics, and other high-throughput methods, such as high content screening and massively parallel sequencing. Some of his research aims to understand the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis in viral infections of honey bees and identify biomarkers of disease resistance in honey bees. (More information at

Please click here to register.

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