October Science Events

The leaves change over Montreal as autumn draws in. View from Mt-Royal. (Deborah Baremberg / Permission of Photographer)

The leaves change over Montreal as autumn draws in. View from Mt-Royal. (Deborah Baremberg / Permission of Photographer)

The leaves are changing, midterms are approaching, and the school year is definitely well underway.  But before you get too swallowed up by classwork, consider taking a break at one of these science-related events this month!

October 1st – 5th

One part of the four-part The Walrus Talks Energy” will be held at McGill on October 1st at 6 PM in Moyse Hall. According to their blurb on the McGill website, you can look forward to “eighty minutes of lively, thought-provoking ideas and insight.” For more information about tickets, click here.

Did you like our article about food last week? The Mossman Lecture, entitled “You Are What You Eat, Historical Changes in Ideas about Food and Identity” is taking place on October 3rd at 6 PM in Tanna Schulich Hall. Steven Shapin, a professor at Harvard University, will be discussing how the intersection between food and health has changed over the course of history. You must RSVP at this e-mail address: rsvp.libraries@mcgill.ca. More information on the event can be found here.

October 6th – 12th

Two words: Brenda. Milner.  A symposium in her honor has been organized for October 7th, all day, at the MNI. A full schedule of events can be found here.

The MNI’s popular film series is starting again! They’re kicking off this year on October 10th at 6:30 PM in the MNI’s Timmins Amphitheatre,  with the film “K-PAX”. Read more about the movie on IMDB.com, and more about the event here.

October 13th – 19th

Another installment of the Killam Seminar will be happening on October 15th at 4 PM. This talk, given by Dr. George Rebec of Indiana University, is called “Dysfunctional Neural Circuitry in Huntington’s Disease: From Vitamin C to Glutamate.” Find out more here!

Come to one of the Redpath Museum’s 20/20 Talks on Biodiversity, this one called “Perspectives on Science & Biodiversity.” Scientists and academics from around the world will be giving a series of 20 minutes talks on October 15th at 7 PM at the Redpath Museum. Find out more here!

For those of you on the Mac Campus (or those of you who want to take a field trip!), Dr. Dr. Richard Léveillé of the Canadian Space Agency will be giving a talk at the Mac Campus’ 4 O’Clock Forum on October 17th at 4 PM in the Raymond Building (R4-047). Find out more information here.

Help Vanier College celebrate women in science with seven McGill professors on October 17th, throughout the day, at Vanier in their main auditorium. Professors will be speaking about their career paths and their role and place as women in science today. Find out who’s presenting and more information here.

Ever wondered about what effects your cellphone actually has on your health? Come find out on October 17th at 6 PM at the Redpath Museum‘s “Cutting Edge Lecture in Science: Mobile phones and health – how should we respond to public concerns. This lecture will be held by Kenneth R. Foster of the University of Pennsylvania and McGill alum (among many, many other things) Lorne Trottier. Read their full biographies and get more information here.

Everything you ever (or never) wanted to know about human excrement will be discussed on October 18th at 5 PM in the Redpath Auditorium during this installation of Freaky Friday: MERDE — Can’t live with it, can’t live without it! Professor David Harpp will be covering the basics of how our sewage is handled, and his presentation will be followed by the documentary “Crapshoot.” Get more details here!

October 20th – 26th

Are you interested in genetics and human evolution?  Then it sounds like you might enjoy one of the Redpath Museum’s Documentary Science Films this month. On October 20th at 3 PM in the auditorium, the museum will be screening “The Human Family Tree.” Find out more info on the film here.

October 27th – 31st

The Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium is back again this year! On October 28th and 29th at 5:30 PM at the Centre Mont-Royal, a series of speakers will try and help us all figure out what parts of science reporting is based in fact and what parts are fluff. Find out more information about the symposium (and past symposia) here.


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