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IN WHICH WE INTRODUCE THE ANNALS OF PRAETACHORAL MECHANICS (AND PRESENT A RENEWED CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS)

The SCQ is finally pleased to announce a print version of its innards, which will henceforth be referred to as the Annals of Praetachoral Mechanics. The name, of course, is a playful attempt at latinizing the inherent goal of the SCQ – which is to say that it provides science writing and reading options for audiences outside of the conventional science consuming circles. Or put another way, individuals who are praeta (outside) the choral (choir). The hope is that we will be able to published this tome or work once a year, usually around the fall, and in a revenue…

ANNOUNCING THE “VOYAGE OF THE BEAGLE” TRADING CARD GAME. PLUS A CALL FOR SOME CROWDSOURCED GOODNESS!

The Phylo project is hard at work on preparing the next high quality Phylomon* deck, and this one will revolve around Charles Darwin and his wonderful 5 year voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle.   At this point in time, we’ve enlisted the help of noted Darwinian aficionado, Karen James, who has nicely narrowed down the list of cards that are needed for this endeavour (see original google doc here). In turn, I have a group of folks in the backend of the phylo website, who have produced a number of nice looking “beta” cards that can be used to test…

HIRING SEVEN NEW FACULTY!

(Well, actually 6 since the first ad is not real…) – – – JOB POSTING: “IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME” This is a call for outstanding candidates to apply for a tenure track assistant professor position within the context of the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. The successful applicant is expected to work in areas of interest to current faculty members, to interact with related groups within our network and to have demonstrated ability in producing research material of excellent quality and interest. Due to the competitive nature of this process, we ask that all…

THINKING ABOUT A BOOK NOW (WELL AGAIN)

We did this a few years back, then got busy, then got very very busy, then got not so busy (but decided to enjoy that), and are now the busiest we’ve ever been, but thought (for a variety of reasons) to put this out there again… – – – We don’t want to actually make money out of this, because when you do, things get significantly more complicated. They become high maintenance so to speak – with taxation, copyright and distribution logistics to worry about. Although some view us as a literary endeavour, we are in truth a covert educational…

TERRY TALKS: APPLICATIONS TO SPEAK (ONE WEEK LEFT!)

(a message from our sister site) THINGS TO AVOID WHEN SPEAKING PUBLICLY Egad! Is it already that close to October 6th! This is our deadline for applying to be one of the inaugural speakers of the Terry talks student conference. Well, the short answer is yes – in fact there is just under a week or so left. And in case this is brand new news to you – the Terry talks can be encapsulated in the following manner: “Imagine UBC’s most fascinating and engaging students coming together for a day, giving ‘the talk of their lives,’ sharing their ideas…

ANOTHER BOOK TO WIN: THIS ONE IS CALLED “FOLLOW THE LINE AROUND THE WORLD.”

The SCQ is pleased to announce that the winner of the last book was Alex Roger’s “Astro I Reference Notes.” To keep things rolling a little bit, we would like to present the next book up for grabs. This one is called “Follow the Line Around the World” by Laura Ljungkvist. We think every reader should submit just for the possibility of owning a book who has an author with such a marvelous last name. Anyway, like before any kind of submission will do, and please send on your good material to tscq@interchange.ubc.ca (deadline is October 15th).

THINGS TO AVOID WHEN SPEAKING PUBLICLY (VIDEO VERSION)

The SCQ will recommence as of Wednesday, September the 3rd with our regular programming, but in the meantime, please let us introduce Terry talks – a student conference hosted by our sister site at terry.ubc.ca. “Imagine UBC’s most fascinating and engaging students coming together for a day, giving ‘the talk of their lives,’ sharing their ideas and discussing their visions for UBC and the world. Now imagine being there, with students, alumni, faculty, administration, and members of the general public watching this unfold and partaking in the various discussions, and think of all the possibilities that this idea-share holds.” Sounds…

HAPPY 500 (OR SO) DAYS FOR THE SCIENCE SCOUTS – A LITTLE GET TOGETHER THIS COMING FRIDAY FOR ALL YOU VANCOUVERITES READING THE QUARTERLY

Just a quick note. Although it’s been a while, a few of us are meeting for drinks on Friday night (July 25th) at The Revel Room in Gastown, Vancouver (8pm on). It just so happens that it’s about the 500th Day Anniversary of the Science Scouts. What’s this? Well, it’s this. Think: science plus badges plus raising a pint in celebration and you’re getting close. If you happen to be in the area feel free to drop by – better yet, let us know by replying to the facebook page.