Science Literacy Week 2019

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Photo credit:  Kathleen Matthews
 

2019 Science Literacy Week

The UVic Libraries, in collaboration with Ocean Networks Canada, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Café Scientifique and participating researchers from across campus, presents a 2019 Science Literacy Week program of events highlighting ocean science research.  Science Literacy Week is a national week-long celebration of science-based activities that highlights outstanding scientists and science communicators from coast-to-coast.

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 Image credits: (left to right) Nick Claxton, Colton Hash.

Monday, September 16

Panel Discussion focusing on the Salish Sea: The Living Lab Project & Eco-Cultural Knowledges; Experiencing Ocean Data through Interactive Art. 

Noon - 2 pm

Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room 129

Guest Speakers:

Dr. Nick Claxton [UVic School of Child & Youth Care] and
Dr. John Taylor [UVic Department of Biology]:
Presentation Title[s]: The Living Lab Project: Connecting eco-cultural restoration, science education, and indigenous knowledge
Colton Hash: [Ocean Networks Canada – 2018 Artist-in-Residence & UVic Alumnus – Visual Arts & Computer Science]:
Presentation Title: Experiencing Ocean Data Through Interactive Art

Focusing on the Salish Sea, Dr. Nick Claxton and Dr. John Taylor will present their work as part of the NSERC grant funded Living Lab Project, designed to revitalize Indigenous knowledges through community-based and land-based research and education. Nick’s work centres on the restoration of the SX̱OLE (reef net fishery). John’s work on the NSERC grant funded Living Lab Project engages the Songhees youth through various STEM training activities, in school and on the land/water, such as water quality testing, invertebrate and zooplankton diversity, willow silviculture, and ocean plastics surveys, and language revitalization.

Colton Hash recently completed a five-month residency consulting with Ocean Networks Canada scientists and data specialists to create artistic visualizations from ocean data. Colton will share his perspectives on story telling through data visualization and showcase selected works such as Acoustic Turbulence, an interactive work of art that visualizes marine noise pollution generated from freight vessels traversing through the Salish Sea.

 

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Photo credit: Daniel Brendle-Moczuk 

Monday, September 16 & Friday, September 20

Exhibit: Pre-consumer Plastic Polymer Pellets in Southwest BC Coasts and Waterways

11:30 am - 3:30 pm

Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Foyer, Main Floor

Since 2016, pre-consumer plastic polymer pellets used in the production of plastic products have been sampled, quantified, tracked and mapped in southwest BC coasts and waterways including Vancouver’s Fraser River, and on the shores of the Gulf and Vancouver Islands. Plastic pellets do not readily break down and they soak up contaminants. Aquatic animals sometimes mistake the pellets as food, which may accumulate in their digestive systems causing injury and possible death due to starvation, and plastics might possibly move up the food chain. Our previous research identified the specific plastic polymer types found. Since then, utilizing field observation and data from Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Meteorological Aerodrome Reports from the US National Weather Service, patterns of the conditions necessary for nurdles to arrive on shore and areas of high nurdle concentrations were established.

 

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Tuesday, September 17

Scanning Transmission Electron Holography Microscope Display

Taking a Closer Look with Dr. Elaine Humphrey

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Foyer, Main Floor

When you use a microscope, you open up a whole different world within our world. Come and see if you can tell Bermuda sand from Hawaiian sand, from Bamfield sand.  Plankton are a bunch of alien life forms good for science fiction but you need a microscope to look at them. Come and learn how to turn your smart phone into a microscope. Check out microplastics in beach sand.

Dr. Elaine Humphrey was recently recognized as a Fellow of the Microscopy Society of America in 2018 for her contributions to the advancement of the field of microscopy and micro-analysis over the past 34 years. She is currently the laboratory manager at the Advanced Microscopy Facility at the University of Victoria.

 

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Tuesday, September 17

Café Scientifique

Robots Observing Ocean Climate Change with Dr. Roberta Hamme

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Hermann's Jazz Club

753 View Street, Victoria

UVic’s Café Scientifique brings together university researchers and the public to discuss cutting- edge research topics outside of the domain of the expert and allow everyone to voice an opinion. Café Scientifique is hosting a special Ocean Science themed lecture as part of Science Literacy Week 2019.  Dr. Roberta Hamme is an Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at UVic and she is a Canada Research Chair serving as an expert in Ocean Carbon Dynamics. She will be presenting her talk titled Robots Observing Ocean Climate Change featuring an Argo Float as a show and tell! 

As space is limited, registration is required and will open on Monday, August 19. Please register through Eventbrite.


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Photo credit: J. Reynolds

Wednesday, September 18

Low Tide LIVE: Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre Live-Streamed Beach Field Trip

9:00 am - 10:00 am (low tide at 9:20 am)

Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Digital Scholarship Commons, 3rd floor

A live-streamed presentation from one of BC's remote coastal beaches during the spectacular phenomenon of low tide. Watch as naturalists from the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and youth from the Barkley Sound area join forces to introduce you to the strange, spineless creatures who make their homes in the intertidal zone.

 

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Photo Credit:  ONC [Canadian Coast Guard ship John P. Tully]
 

Wednesday, September 18

Ship2Shore: Live Connection to Ocean Networks Canada Expedition

10:00 am – 10:30 am

Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library

Digital Scholarship Commons - 3rd floor

Join us in the UVic Libraries for a live Ship2Shore Connection to the Canadian Coast Guard Ship, CCGS John P. Tully. Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) maintains and services advanced cabled ocean observatories located in coastal and oceanic waters near Vancouver Island. ONC embarks on expeditions several times every year to maintain and install instruments, lay cables, and gather data. Multiple tools and technologies are an integral part of these expeditions to maintain instrument systems off the coast of Vancouver Island in coastal and deep seas. During this live event, connected classrooms will have the opportunity to ask questions of scientists and crew onboard the CCGS JP Tully over a satellite internet connection.

 

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Drawn by Allan Payne (from Duncan, BC) on October 21, 1933.
 

Thursday, September 19

Pop-Up Exhibit: Sea Monsters: Exploring Sea Life in Special Collections and University Archives

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library

Lobby Display, Main Floor

How have people depicted the fantastical creatures living within the oceans depths?  Explore marine life through rare and unique materials from Special Collections and University Archives.  On Thursday September 19, visit a pop-up display at the entrance to the Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library to discover more about sea life as imagined over time. 

 

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Thursday, September 19

Panel Discussion:  Beyond the Publication – Alternative Impacts of Science Research

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library, Room 129

Reflecting on Open Science, Research Data, Citizen Science with:

  • Tom Gleeson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering;
  • Lucas Harris,  Senior Policy Analyst, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy; MA Candidate, Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Chantel Ridsdale, Data Steward, Observatory Operations, Ocean Networks Canada
  • William Halliday, PhD, Associate Conservation Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society Canada, Postdoc Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Victoria

This panel will bring together scientists, students, and policy wonks to share their research and discuss alternatives to the scientific publication: open research data; community outreach; Indigenous traditional knowledge; and science policy.  

Registration requested through Eventbrite.

 

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Thursday, September 19

Grad Mixer

Meet grad students across the disciplines engaged in science research

4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library

Digital Scholarship Commons, 3rd floor

Graduate students across the disciplines engaged in science research are invited to join us to celebrate Science Literacy Week 2019. Mingle with grad students, meet your librarian(s), and learn about our new digital scholarship technologies, software, and workshops. Enjoy some food and beverages (first 100 attendees receive a free drink ticket) amidst displays of ocean themed research from Citizen Science projects, and a 3D display of Zooarchaeology specimens, and more. Space is limited.  Register through Eventbrite.

 

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September 16-20

Exhibit: Ocean Dwellers in 3D: A Collaboration of the UVic Libraries Digitization Unit & the UVic Anthropology Department’s Zooarchaeology Collection 

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Foyer, Main Floor

The UVic Libraries Digitization Centre has 3D imaged a number of marine skeletal specimens from the Anthropology Department’s Zooarchaeology Collection. The Science Literacy Week 3D online exhibit features an American white pelican skull, a harbour porpoise skull (watertight), a walrus humerus, a sea otter skull, a river otter skull, a second harbour porpoise skull, a sea lion humerus, and the very special “Island in the Salish Sea” Coast Salish wool dog skull. Visit us all week in the Libraries foyer.

 

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Professor Emeritus Derek Ellis was the first Canadian biologist scuba diver,
who developed techniques for researching salmon biology by the use of underwater
photography. Circa. 1960. UVic Archives, 2000-079_2-35.
 

September 16-20

Exhibit: Ocean Myths and Realities: From Folklore to Facts

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Mearns Centre for Learning - McPherson Library

Special Collections Reading Room, Lower Level

In celebration of Science Literacy Week, Special Collections and University Archives showcases its collection related to this year’s theme: oceans.  This exhibition features rare materials providing insight into human exploration and understanding of the sea.  Highlights include early studies of sea life to contemporary research at UVic, such as the creation of the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.  Human study, use – and misuse – of the ocean is richly captured through rare print and archival materials on display.   

 

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September 16-20

Book & Digital Displays

7:30 am - 10:00 pm

Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Walk through the library and explore the world of ocean science in books and on our digital displays:

  • Children’s print book display on ocean themes - second floor Curriculum collection
  • Print book display on ocean themes in Humanities, Social Sciences, Fine Arts - library foyer
  • Digital display featuring new ocean science eBooks and print books – digital monitors throughout the library and across campus. This digital display can also be viewed online.

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Image Credits (left to right): Ocean Networks Canada, Dr. Bill Halliday.
 

September 16-20

Marine Mammal & Underwater Soundscapes Listening Station

10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Music & Media, Main Floor

The UVic Libraries Music & Media Unit is hosting a “media & sound” ocean acoustics exhibit. Browse a selection of ocean themed videos and CDs. An “Ocean Acoustics Listening Station” will provide listening access to two Soundcloud Collections. The Ocean Networks Canada Soundcloud Collection presents the soundtracks of killer whales, grey whales, and dolphins, and other ocean sounds [such as a sinking tug and an earthquake]. A second Soundcloud Collection features selected acoustic soundtracks of marine mammals from Canada’s Western Arctic as recorded by Dr. Bill Halliday, a visiting scientist in Dr. Francis Juanes’ Lab (UVic Biology Department).  Also featured will be sounds from fish recorded by Dr. Halliday and other researchers in Dr. Juanes’ Lab as part of the lab’s “soundscape ecology of coastal ecosystems” research.

 

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September 16-20

Reserve Reading Room Relaxation Activity & Ocean Themed Listening Station

7:30 am - 10:00 pm

Mearns Centre for Learning – McPherson Library

Reserve Reading Room, Main Floor

Like puzzles? Like music? Need a break? Join us to celebrate Science Literacy Week. In our newly renovated Reserve Reading Room, come and help us celebrate science and oceans research in Canada for Science Literacy Week 2019. Work on a 5,000-piece “Beneath the Sea” jigsaw puzzle and listen to ocean-themed LPs on our listening station.