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INTRODUCING THE PHYLOMON PROJECT! KEYWORDS POKEMON AND BIODIVERSITY

(From http://phylomon.org) (Facebook group: link) – – – “When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all.” ~ E. O. Wilson. Well 2010 is here, a.k.a. the International Year of Biodiversity, and to us at the SCQ, it means that we’re finally ready to go ahead with our long awaited phylomon project. Please repost, reblog, retweet, phone a friend – whatever you can do to spread the word. WHAT IS THIS? Good question. Well, it’s an online initiative aimed at creating a Pokemon card type resource but with real creatures on display in…

TERRY TALKS VIDEO: TIFFANY TONG – REDEFINING BOUNDARIES, URBAN AGRICULTURE

(From Terry talks, November 22, 2008) How often do we connect the words “urban” and “agriculture” in our brains? The word “urban” conjures up a concrete jungle where skyscrapers dominate the grey sky. The word “agriculture” makes me see rows after rows and fields after fields of green crops and livestock dotting the landscape. These words seem to be an unlikely duo to be integrated and be able to produce surprising benefits. But they do. According to the International Development Research Centre, 15% of all food eaten in cities world-wide is grown by city dwellers. Urban agriculture actually provides many…

BAKE FOR A CHANGE 2008: GAME ON!

Or as Dave S. (creator of this great idea) might say, can we call it BFAC2008? Anyway, for those of you who have an annual tradition of putting together a gingerbread house, why not do it this year with a sustainability twist? That’s right! our sister site’s own “Bake for a Change” is a contest where you, as the submission details say, apply sustainable building design practices to a gingerbread house. Anyway, those details in full are presented here, and you can see last year’s entries by checking through this Flickr group. If you do check the flickr page out…

TOWARDS SUSTAINABILITY: DOES SCIENCE MATTER?

— Watch/Download the movie (~168Mb mpeg file) | image from here — – – – Dr. William Rees. Professor, School of Community and Regional Planning. October 24th, 2008 “It’s Your Experiment!” Science Teacher Conference. Michael Smith Laboratories, UBC – – – Description: A 30 minute lecture looking at whether science is enough. And if not, what elements of human behaviour are dictating or thwarting our efforts towards a sustainable future. Prof Rees’ teaching and research focus on the public policy and planning implications of global environmental trends and the necessary ecological conditions for sustainable socioeconomic development. Much of this work…

A WRITING ACTIVITY: ARE YOU THERE HUMANS? IT’S ME, PLASTIC.

(pdf of this activity is available for download by clicking here) – – – This workshop aims to teach environmental and social responsibility while exercising student empathy by having students write letters from the point of view of inanimate objects or animals. Coincidentally, good writing habits and understanding of narrative techniques are developed in the process (but don’t tell them.) Who cares about the ecosystem? It’s boring. And it just sits there. It’s quite undeniable at this point: we’ve messed up the Earth pretty good in our time here so far. There’s carbon in the air and chemicals in the…

BIOSPHERE REPORT CENTRE

This page is the report centre for three biopsheres set up with a class from Vancouver’s Admiral Seymour Elementary School. This is part of the pilot run for the Science Creative Literacy Symposia. Full details for setting up the biosphere can be found at Martin John Brown’s website (direct link pdf of article published in MAKE magazine found here). – – – DAY 01 NOTES:(From left to right), [1] “Shrimpy’s New Home”; (shrimp names) Flipsy, Zippy; (smail names) Floaty, Gary, Boulder. [2] “Biosphere EJKKPPLF”; (shrimp names) Thumper, Jumper; (snail names) n/a; [3] “Schnomadome”; (shrimp names) John Doe, Boe Doe; (snail…

ANNOUNCING OUR PROFESSIONAL MOLECULAR BIOLOGY WORKSHOP
JULY 21 – JULY 25, 2008

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY TECHNIQUES WORKSHOPS (SUMMER 2008 PROGRAM): Now accepting registration To register, please contact Dr. David Ng at db@interchange.ubc.ca (1) ONE WEEK VERSION Dates: July 21st – 25th, 2008 Price: CAN$1250 (does not include room or board) Reviews and Testimonies Can be found here. INSTRUCTOR: Dr. David Ng DESCRIPTION: This intense one week workshop will focus on a myriad of different techniques used in the molecular manipulation of DNA, RNA and protein. Primarily aimed at researchers who are new to the area, or familiar but require a quick updating. Procedures that will be covered both practically and theorectically can be…