Science Literacy Week

Ian McTaggart Cowan display

Celebrate the life of Ian McTaggart Cowan, Champion of Canadian Ecology

"All my life I have tried to explain... the beautiful, fascinating things I see!"

September 17-21, 2018
Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library
Lobby Foyer

During Canada’s Science Literacy Week, visit the Mearn Centre for Learning - McPherson Library’s big screen digital and 3D exhibit, as the UVic Libraries celebrates the life of former Chancellor and champion of Canadian and BC ecology, Ian McTaggart Cowan. Also visit Special Collections to browse Cowan’s original hand written field notes and his extensive Canadian ecology photo collection.

Drop by our display and enter to win a $20 3D printer token!

The Cowan digital archive is online:

Paul Zehr lecture

Science & The Superhero in You with E. Paul Zehr

Presented in partnership with the Centre for Biomedical Research

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
7:00 pm
Bob Wright Centre, room B150

Zehr explores the use of superheroes as metaphors for understanding human abilities, limits, and potential for performance. Knowledge about the real science behind some of the superheroic abilities we see in comic books and on the big screen helps inform how real bodies function, how performance can be enhanced, and how we can achieve the real potential we all have within. Each one of us has a little bit of Bat(wo)man inside… science can help us find it and put it to good use.

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Science Grad Student Mixer for Science Literacy Week

Grad Student Mixer

Thursday, September 20, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library
Digital Scholarship Commons (third floor)

Graduate Students working towards Masters and PHDs in Science, Engineering and Computer Science topics are invited to a science literacy themed Soiree in the UVic Libraries Digital Scholarship Commons as part of Canada’s national Science Literacy Week. Mingle with grad students engaged in a wide range of scientific research; meet your Science and Digital Scholarship Librarians; learn about our new digital scholarship technologies, software and workshops; and enjoy some snacks and beverages (first 100 attendees receive a free drink ticket).

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Victoria Hand Project

3D Printed Prosthetic Limbs for the Developing World

with Micheal Peirone of the Victoria Hand Project

Friday, September 21, 2018
10:30 a.m. - noon.
Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library
Digital Scholarship Commons (third floor)

Food and drink provided

The Victoria Hand Project (VHP) is a Canadian non-profit organization founded in July 2015, with a mission to provide amputees in the developing world with prosthetic care. For people missing an upper-limb, the lack of a prosthesis is a major disability that negatively affects their quality of life. VHP’s mission is the provision of upper-limb prosthesis to amputees in developing countries, with limited or no access to prosthetic care. VHP has created the Victoria Hand System: a series of body-powered prostheses that allow amputees to do home and work-related tasks, and to improve their quality of life. VHP’s approach has three key features: (1) setup of a production/fabrication center and training to make these 3D printed prostheses on-site within developing countries; (2) training and working with clinical intermediaries and medical practitioners to provide professional care for amputees; (3) on-going operations support for both the production center and the clinical provision network.

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