December 6, 2015 Surrey/Langley Skeptics in the Pub – Brunch

Join us in Surrey/Langley on Sunday, December 6 at 11am for $4 breakfast in a welcoming environment at Edith + Arthur Public House. Come out and hang with us!

If you’re not already a member, you can join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/5218449547/

You can RSVP to this event on Facebook.

Upcoming events:

Wed. Sep. 18
  • Nerd Nite v46: Stem Cells, Ecotourism, and Being Blind and Belonging
    Wed. Sep. 18, 7:00pm at Fox Cabaret

    Back to school nerds! We can't wait to hear what you have all been up to this summer, we hope that you've joined us for our summer movie vacation at VIFF. Kaylee and Michael went to Banff for the Science Communication program and are amped up to get back to what we love doing: drinking and learning. Message us or tweet at us @nerdniteyvr and tell us what nerdy things you've been up to this summer, we'll talk about them on the 18th!

    Hosted by: Kaylee Byers and Michael Unger

    DJ: Courtenay Webber

    Poster: Armin Mortazavi

    IG: Armin The Scientoonist

    1. Josh Silberg - "Should I swim with that whale shark?"

    From Mexico to Australia to Southeast Asia, whale shark tourism has exploded around the world in the last decade. Tourists are generally brought to swim with the world's largest fish at places where they aggregate in large numbers. Unfortunately, wild animals don't always get the memo, so sometimes people can go home without seeing a shark. In the central Philippines, one town has figured out how to pretty much guarantee you see whale sharks—they feed them. Feeding wildlife for ecotourism purposes is controversial, and even shark conservationists differ in opinions. How can we ensure whale shark tourism is sustainable for both the sharks and the people who rely on tourism for their livelihoods?

    Bio: Josh Silberg has researched everything from humpback whales to whale sharks to rockfish—he just couldn’t decide on one creature to study. After earning a Master’s of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University, he joined the British Columbia-based Hakai Institute as the Science Communications Coordinator. Now, he gets to share all sorts of coastal science stories through blogs, videos, graphics, and the occasional poem. Josh is also a Vancouver producer with The Story Collider, and hosts four shows per year where people perform true, personal stories about science. In his free time, he can be found photographing wildlife, hiking, or searching for creatures in tide pools. You can follow him on twitter @joshsilberg.

    1. Laura Yvonne Bulk - "Being Blind and Belonging"

    Bio: Laura Yvonne Bulk (@LYBOT) is a teacher, advocate, friend, learner, woman, disabled person, occupational therapist, Christian, activist, and scholar. Her work focuses on enhancing diversity and understanding and promoting human dignity and flourishing. Laura aims to benefit the wider community and the academic and clinical communities through collaboration, creativity, and evidence-based approaches.

    1. Alison Müller - "Decellularization: Using Nature's Scaffolding to Build Tissue"

    Some of the most exciting medical technology is focused around building new, healthy tissue using a patient's cells. The dream goal is to create a 3D organ that can completely replace a damaged or diseased one. There are a few techniques that are being used to make this a reality, and one of the most exciting ways involves utilizing what's naturally already available. It is a three-dimensional structure called the extracellular matrix made up of different proteins that create a scaffold for cells to live in. Without this scaffolding, we would just be a mush of cells, similar to Ditto. Scientists are using this naturally available shape to better understand how this structure determines cell fate and if it is possible to completely rebuild organs using cells and nature's scaffolding.

    Bio: Alison Muller is a PhD graduate from the University of Alberta who has recently moved back home to Vancouver. She loves presenting cutting edge medical research and has had panels at numerous Comic Expos discussing science fiction inspired technology. She has been a guest on CBC Radio morning shows in Edmonton and Calgary as well as appearing on Global Edmonton participating in a liquid nitrogen explosion, all to promote her Comic Expo science panels. She recently founded aliscience.ca, a science communication blog that publishes different topics focused around medical science discoveries as well as the tools used in the research field. She's looking forward to starting her biotech career here

    https://www.facebook.com/events/464094580841517/


Thu. Sep. 19
  • Science World After Dark
    Thu. Sep. 19, 7:00am at Science World

    Hypothesis: There must be a night out for adults that is a little bit out of the ordinary.

    Experiment: Bring your friends to a Science World After Dark evening.

    Methodology:

    • Watch Great Bear Rainforest on the world’s largest dome OMNIMAX® screen
    • Explore six permanent galleries
    • Wet your whistle with a cold beer or glass of wine
    • Grab your favourite childhood dinner in Triple O’s
    • Experience exciting live science shows at Centre Stage

    Peer-Reviewed Analysis of Data: “Loved every minute!” – Science World After Dark guest

    Results: It’s not rocket science—close to transit and close to downtown, join us for Science World After Dark and make your evening iconic!

    Add an OMNIMAX film to the equation!

    Enhance your evening by upgrading to an ultimate combo ticket that includes the film Great Bear Rainforest. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, this film will take you on a magical adventure to one of the wildest places left on Earth, the Great Bear Rainforest. Located on Canada’s remote Pacific coast, it’s home to grizzlies, coastal wolves, sea otters and the rare white spirit bear. View the trailer. Showtime: 6pm.

    Early bird pricing available until September 9.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/738104286602723/


  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics Meetup
    Thu. Sep. 19, 7:00pm at Browns Socialhouse Surrey Centre, 9666 King George Blvd A1, Surrey, BC V3T 2V4, Canada

    Join us on the third Thursday of the month at 7pm for drinks and food in a friendly atmosphere with Surrey/Langley area science enthusiasts who value critical thinking and skepticism. It's a great place to meet local skeptics, make new friends, and get involved and informed about new events and activities. We meet on the third Thursday of the month at Browns Socialhouse Surrey Centre.Frequent attendees: Please welcome any new attendees, and see if you share common interests in areas of science, skepticism, critical thinking, or life in general.New attendees: Please feel free to introduce yourselves if you wish, and join in any conversations that interest you.To be notified on Facebook about our future events, be sure to click the Subscribe button on the lower left side of the Vancouver Skeptics Facebook page.You can always find the latest event information on the Vancouver Skeptics Event Calendar on VancouverSkeptics.org.


Sat. Sep. 21
  • Skeptics Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. Sep. 21, 11:00am at Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 1W9, Canada

    Join us on the third Saturday of the month for brunch at the back of the nerdtastic Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W. Broadway, a block and a half west of Granville. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities in Vancouver with your fellow science enthusiasts, rationalists, and critical thinkers, and maybe meet some new friends.Frequent attendees: Please welcome any new attendees, and see if you share common interests in areas of science, skepticism, critical thinking, or life in general.New attendees: Please feel free to introduce yourselves if you wish, and join in any conversations that interest you.To be notified on Facebook about our future events, be sure to click the Subscribe button on the lower left side of the Vancouver Skeptics Facebook page.You can always find the latest event information on the Vancouver Skeptics Event Calendar on VancouverSkeptics.org.


Tue. Sep. 24
Thu. Sep. 26
  • Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon (1902)
    Thu. Sep. 26, 6:30pm at H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

    Join the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in the Planetarium Star Theatre for a reprise of last year’s screening of pioneering French filmmaker Georges Méliès’ classic work.

    Owen Connell will be returning with a repeat performance of his magnificent electronic score to the magical “A Trip to the Moon” (1902), and will debut two new scores to Méliès’ “The Impossible Voyage” (1904), and Thomas Edison’s film “A Trip to Mars” (1910).

    Méliès’ films are considered to be some of the earliest science fiction films ever made. Between screenings film historian Michael Van Den Bos will discuss the importance and influence his work had on the genre. The astronomy education team will also be talking about the cosmic relevance of the films.

    Tickets available for a 7:00pm and 9:00pm shows. Show length will be approximately one hour.

    Doors open at 6:30pm.

    Paid parking available.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/928525120858734/


Fri. Sep. 27
  • Science Slam at Fox
    Fri. Sep. 27, 7:00pm at Fox Cabaret

    It's September, so it's back to school, back to work, and BACK TO SLAMMING!

    For those of you who have never experienced the wonder of Science Slam, welcome! We are Vancouver’s most epic science showdown. Sit back, relax, and watch as our competitors battle to achieve science communication fame and glory.

    What exactly is a science slam? Based on the format of a poetry slam, a science slam is a competition where speakers gather to share their science with you - the audience. Competitors have five minutes to present on any science topic without the use of a slideshow and are judged based on communication skills, audience impact and scientific content. Props and creative presentation styles are encouraged!

    Whether you're a researcher, student, educator, artist, or communicator, our stage is open to you. If you've got a science topic you're researching, or just a topic you're excited about, send in an application! If you're not sure about an idea, just ask!

    Application link: https://forms.gle/y5nQZwLzVUcRiHZT9

    YouTube channel (for creative inspiration): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWmI8llf3pAW5xtbvnXmsog

    Doors open at 7pm, event begins at 7:30pm. We'll see you there!

    This event is a part of this year's Science Odyssey's national campaign that celebrates Canadian achievements in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. For more information, check out http://www.sciod.ca/.

    Accessibility Notes:

    Science Slam acknowledges that this event takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Squamish, Sto:lo, Musqueam, and Tsleil Waututh Nation. Many of our attendees, Science Slam included, are are guests of these territories and must act accordingly.

    Science Slam is an inclusive event, as a result hate speech and abuse will not be tolerated. This includes anti-blackness, anti-indigenous, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, islamophobia, xenophobia, fatphobia, ableism, transmisogyny, misogyny, femmephobia, cissexism, and anti-immigrant attitudes.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/377287609615439/


Wed. Oct. 2
  • Skeptics Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. Oct. 2, 6:00pm at Storm Crow Alehouse, 1619 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6J 1W9, Canada

    Join us on the first Wednesday of the month for Skeptics' Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse. The nerd trivia contest starts at 7pm and is put on by Storm Crow Alehouse and hosts Eric Fell and Mister Nickel. A few Vancouver Skeptics will arrive early to get a table and form a team, and then we'll combine our wits to compete against the other teams. All skill levels welcome. If you can, please arrive early to help us get a big table for our group.Frequent attendees: Please welcome any new attendees, and see if you share common interests in areas of science, skepticism, critical thinking, or life in general.New attendees: Please feel free to introduce yourselves if you wish, and join in any conversations that interest you.To be notified on Facebook about our future events, be sure to click the Subscribe button on the lower left side of the Vancouver Skeptics Facebook page.You can always find the latest event information on the Vancouver Skeptics Event Calendar on VancouverSkeptics.org.


Tue. Oct. 8
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. Oct. 8, 6:00pm at Queens Cross Pub, 2989 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7N 3J3, Canada

    Join us in North Vancouver on the second Tuesday of the month at 6pm for another evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation at Queen's Cross Pub. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities with your fellow science enthusiasts, rationalists, and critical thinkers, and maybe meet some new friends.Frequent attendees: Please welcome any new attendees, and see if you share common interests in areas of science, skepticism, critical thinking, or life in general.New attendees: Please feel free to introduce yourselves if you wish, and join in any conversations that interest you.To be notified on Facebook about our future events, be sure to click the Subscribe button on the lower left side of the Vancouver Skeptics Facebook page.You can always find the latest event information on the Vancouver Skeptics Event Calendar on VancouverSkeptics.org.


Tue. Oct. 15
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
    Tue. Oct. 15, 7:00pm at Yagger's Downtown Restaurant & Sports Bar, 433 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V2, Canada

    Join us on the third Tuesday of the month for an evening of skeptical fun, food, drinks, and conversation in Yagger's back room, at 433 W. Pender St. Come out and discuss skepticism-related activities in Vancouver with your fellow science enthusiasts, rationalists, and critical thinkers, and maybe meet some new friends.Frequent attendees: Please welcome any new attendees, and see if you share common interests in areas of science, skepticism, critical thinking, or life in general.New attendees: Please feel free to introduce yourselves if you wish, and join in any conversations that interest you.To be notified on Facebook about our future events, be sure to click the Subscribe button on the lower left side of the Vancouver Skeptics Facebook page.You can always find the latest event information on the Vancouver Skeptics Event Calendar on VancouverSkeptics.org.


You can always find the latest event information on the Vancouver Skeptics Event Calendar on VancouverSkeptics.org.