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Science Literacy Week 2016: Science Fiction - From Idea to Invention

Sept 19-25, 2016 - events at UofT Libraries and UofT

Events @ Gerstein Science Information Centre

Updated Sept 17, 2016.

Registration now open for:

Future Food Fair: Pueblo Science interactive demo

Come and sample the food of the future! U of T science literacy startup Pueblo Science, in collaboration with Gerstein library at the University of Toronto, will organize a molecular gastronomy themed event featuring four delicious demonstrations and activities that students can enjoy and taste test.

Date: Monday, September 19

Time: 12-2 pm

Location: Alice Moulton Room, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre

Registration:  Space is limited!  Eventbrite - Future Food Fair: Interactive Demo with Pueblo Science

 

DEMO: 3D Printing Live!

Did you know that University of Toronto students, staff, and faculty have access to two 3D printers at the Gerstein Science Information Centre? Learn more about 3D printing, watch one of our beautiful Replicator 2 printers in action, and find out how you can become a certified user with 3D Printing @ Gerstein + MADLab. 


Date: Tuesday, September 20

Time: 11am-1pm

Location: Lobby, Gerstein Science Information Centre

Registration: No registration necessary - just drop by!

Workshop with DIYbio: Hands-On with CRISPR

Our two-hour CRISPR workshop will introduce you to the hands-on work required to use this exciting new genetic engineering technology. The workshop is specifically designed for beginners with no lab experience.

  • Understand the CRISPR technique and how it works
  • Learn basic lab skills such as pipetting and culturing bacteria
  • See a step-by-step process used in basic CRISPR experiments 

 

Date: Tuesday, September 20

Time: 5-7pm

Location: Alice Moulton Room, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre

Registration: Space is limited!   Eventbrite - Hands-On With CRISPR: Workshop with DIYbio

 

Light refreshments will be served.

 

We gratefully acknowledge the sponsorship of this event by the University of Toronto's Science & Engineering Engagement.

Photo credit: Julie Legault


Alaina Hardie is the education and outreach coordinator for DIYbio.to. A former teaching fellow for Singularity University in both Digital Biology and Networks & Computing Systems, Alaina is currently Singularity University's Chief Maker, where among other things she has run bioengineering, genomics and CRISPR workshops for the students in the Global Solutions Program.

Offered by DIYbio, a non-profit biotech hackerspace located in downtown Toronto. It offers educational and training programs in lab safety, molecular biology, bioinformatics, and chemistry. DIYbio.to members get unlimited 24x7 access to a fully equipped molecular biology lab, a reagent store, and a community of people of varying degrees of experience who share one thing: a passion for learning and doing biology.

Earth Sci Fair: Geology Rocks & the Earth Talks

Drop by our Department of Earth Sciences booths and learn more about fascinating rock and mineral specimens:

  • Check out our the oldest known rock on earth (from the NWT) and find out how to date rocks
  • See a 2.7 billion year old water sample that may help discover life on Mars!
  • What are you wearing? Find out about a brooch that can measure what you can't see in your everyday environment
  • Catch our Research Spotlight - Determining the age of lunar craters: Meet and chat with Sara Mazrouei, PhD candidate & 2016 3-Minute Thesis finalist about her intriguing lunar crater research and pick up some tips on how to prepare your own successful 3-Minute Thesis (12-1pm)

 

Date: Wednesday, September 21

Time: 11:30-2:30pm

Location: Lobby, Gerstein Science Information Centre

Registration: No registration necessary - just drop by!


Sara Mazrouei is a a PhD candidate in the Earth Sciences Department. Her research focuses on regolith formation on the Moon, through impact cratering and thermal fatigue. She received her BSc. and MSc. in Space Science from York University, and worked as a Young Graduate Trainee at the European Space Agency for a year before starting her PhD here at Uoft.

SciChat Talk: Harnessing the Power of CRISPR - A Novel Tool for Cut & Paste

Genome editing was the stuff of science fiction but with the advancement of CRISPR technology, genome editing has become a quick reality. How does it work and how is it changing research and disease treatment? Are designer babies next on the list? Come on out for a discussion with expert Nichole Escalante on the development and future of this ground breaking technology. 

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Time: 5-6pm

Location: Alice Moulton Room, 2nd floor, Gerstein Science Information Centre

Registration: Space is limited!   Eventbrite - Harnessing the Power of CRISPR - A Novel Tool for Cut & Paste: SciChat Talk

 

Light refreshments will be served. 


Nichole Escalante is a graduate student from the Department of Immunology at the University of Toronto. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Simon Fraser University and is currently working towards her PhD. Her research focuses on understanding the regulation of immune cells in the gut and exploring genetic defects which could contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel diseases. Nichole is a founding member of SciChat – A graduate student volunteer group dedicated to improving science literacy across the GTA.

Launchpad: Student startups panel and orientation

Dreaming of taking your research into the real world? Curious about how to do that while studying at U of T? Join our panel of student startup founders, who will share their experiences and take your questions. Includes an orientation to campus resources available to startups at U of T and lots of opportunity for networking! Moderated by Entrepreneurship Librarian Carey Toane.

Date: Friday, September 23

Time: 12 - 1:30 pm

Place: MADLab, 1 Below, Gerstein Science Information Centre

Space is limited! Register now.

BOOK DISPLAY: The Future is Now

Date: Monday, September 19-Sunday September 25

Time: All-day (during regular hours)

Location: Lobby, Gerstein Science Information Centre


Can't make it to the library?  Discover more in our virtual book display.

 

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