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

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

Science Literacy Week Activities!

Date: All week long!

Location: UTSC Campus - various


Come and make science buttons in the new UTSC Library Makerspace!

Find out what you know about sustainability and recycling with the Sustainability Office!

Button Maker Station

Date: Monday-Thursday, September 19-22

Time: 12 - 2PM

Location: UTSC Library Makerspace


Want to proclaim your love of science to the world? Come try out our button maker! We have pre-printed templates or you can create your own designs.

nine science-themed buttons

Photo credit: Sarah Guay

Makerspace Demonstration

Date: Monday-Thursday, September 19-22

Time: 12 - 2PM

Location: UTSC Library Makerspace


Come check out the new UTSC Library Makerspace! There will be stations demonstrating our equipment such as the 3D printer, microcomputers (Raspberry Pis and Arduinos), document and photo scanners, etc., and a hands-on painting nook for customizing keychains produced by our 3D printer as a takeaway.

Organized by the UTSC Library

3D MakerBot printer

Biodiversity for Ecosystem Services

Date: Monday, September 19

Time: 2 - 2:30PM

Location: UTSC Library Makerspace


Come learn about crucial services provided by ecological systems courtesy of Professor Marc Cadotte from the Department of Biological Sciences.

Meet a Science Librarian!

Date: Wednesday, September 21

Time: 8:30AM - 1:30PM (Wed)

Location: EV Atrium


Curious about science resources on campus? Have questions about the library?

Come on over to chat with Sarah Forbes, the Environmental Sciences and Chemistry Librarian!

Science of Food Preservation

Date: Wednesday, September 21

Time: 11AM - 1PM

Location: UTSC Farmers' Market


Ever wish your vegetables would last longer? Come check out our booth to learn about the science behind this food preservation technique. Lucky giveaways include several pickle jars and canned tomatoes/tomato sauce made by the Sustainability Office using campus-grown produce.

Organized by the UTSC Sustainability Office

Photo of pickled vegetables in jars

Photo credit: Tappancs

Biology Students' Association (BioSA) Display

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, September 21-22

Time: 11AM - 3PM

Location: Outside the UTSC Library front entrance


Wanna test your science knowledge? Wanna learn more on how to achieve that 4.0? Come on down to see BioSA (Biology Students' Association) at Science Literacy week to learn more about the valuable and useful resources the Library provides. While you are here with us, share your passion and knowledge for Science. P.S. there will be treats !

Organized by the Biology Students' Association

On Thin Ice - A Discussion on Climate Change

Date: Wednesday, September 21

Time: 12 - 1PM

Location: IC Atrium


Check out the vitrines which currently feature Dean Bill Gough's research: On Thin Ice, a collaboration between the Doris McCarthy Gallery, the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, and the Office of Sustainability to promote artistic, scientific, and environmentalist perspectives on Canada's north, climate change, and positive response.

Dean Bill Gough, members of the Climate Lab, and Tim Lang from the Sustainability Office will be on hand for discussion and to answer your questions!

Rock Walk - Talk & Tour

Date: Thursday, September 22

Time: 2PM - 2:15PM

Location: Path next to the AA building


Join us for a 15-minute guided Rock Walk of the rocks next to the AA building.

This project was funded as part of the UTSC 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund and features a landscaped, interpretive, outdoor display of rocks found throughout Ontario.

Organized by Professor Nick Eyles

Photo of rocks along the Rock Walk path

Photo credit: Sarah Guay

Fossil Display - Talk & Tour

Date: Thursday, September 22

Time: 3PM - 3:15PM

Location: EV building (second floor)


Check out the fossils and drawings on display all week long, or stop by for a talk and tour to learn more about this marvelous exhibit!

Organized by Lina Arbelaez-Moreno

T-Re fossil and art display

Photo credit: Lina Arbelaez-Moreno

Waste and Recycling

Date: Thursday, September 22

Time: 7 - 8pm

Location: Student Residence Centre


Come learn about the waste and recycling streams at UTSC as part of our sustainable living session at the Student Residence Centre.

Organized by the UTSC Sustainability Office

garbage and recycling bins

Photo credit: Sarah Guay

Demystifying Prairie hydrology: Can preferential flow, connectivity, and threshold dynamics explain everything?

Date: Thursday, September 22

Time: 2 - 3PM

Location: EV 140


Join the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences in welcoming Professor Genevieve Ali, Junior Chair of Watershed Systems Research Program (University of Manitoba) for her talk entitled: "Demystifying Prairie hydrology: Can preferential flow, connectivity, and threshold dynamics explain everything?” All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend!

Organized by the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences/iSPEAC

Patterns in urban pollinator diversity: Scaling up conversation with citizen science.

Date: Friday, September 23

Time: 12 - 1PM

Location: SW 403


Join the Department of Biological Sciences in welcoming Dr. Scott MacIvor for his talk entitled: "Patterns in urban pollinator diversity: Scaling up conversation with citizen science." This presentation is part of the annual Biology Seminar Series at UTSC; all students, faculty, and staff are welcome!

Hosted by Professor Marc Cadotte, organized by the Department of Biological Sciences

Science Fiction Display

Date: Monday-Friday, September 19-25

Location: UTSC Library Website and front entrance display case

Website: utsc.library.utoronto.ca


See what books and e-books the library has on the subject of science fiction! 

Book vitrine in the UTSC Library

Photo credit: Sarah Guay

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