November 26, 2015 Richmond Skeptics in the Pub

Join us on Thursday, November 26 at 7pm for drinks and food in a friendly atmosphere with local 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 fourth Thursday of the month at Harold’s Bistro & Bar in Richmond, located at 7331 Westminster Hwy, a few minutes from the Brighouse SkyTrain station and Richmond Centre. There is free parking at the Richmond Lawn Bowling Club across the street at 6131 Bowling Green Road in addition to metered parking outside of Harold’s.

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 or Meetup.

Upcoming events:

Sat. Oct. 19
  • Skeptics Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. Oct. 19, 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.


Thu. Oct. 24
  • Genome BC 2019 Don Rix Distinguished Keynote Address
    Thu. Oct. 24, 4:30pm at Vancouver Convention Centre

    We are not alone: The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease

    Inside and out, our bodies host trillions of microscopic organisms comprised of bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses. This is the human microbiota and your microbiome is all the genes your microbiota contains. We share a symbiotic relationship with these organisms and they play an important role in our health and disease.

    A pioneer and global leader in genomic medicine, Dr. Claire M. Fraser is one of the most highly cited investigators in microbiology. In 1995, Dr. Fraser was the first to map the complete genetic code of a free-living organism — Haemophilus influenza — the bacterium that causes lower respiratory tract infections and meningitis in infants and young children. She helped launch the new field of microbial genomics and revolutionized the way microbiology has been studied. She and her team also sequenced the bacteria behind syphilis and Lyme disease, as well as the first plant genome and the first human-pathogenic parasite. Her work also helped identify the source of a deadly 2001 anthrax attack in one of the biggest investigations conducted by U.S. law enforcement. Genome BC is pleased to present Claire M. Fraser as the 2019 Don Rix Distinguished Keynote speaker. Join us as she discusses the structure and function of the human microbiome and the role it plays in health and disease.

    An engaging Q&A session with the audience will follow the talk. This event is free of charge; however, seating is limited and will reach capacity. Early registration is recommended. Genome BC is proud to organize science forums at no cost, but we depend on your attendance. Please be sure you can attend before registering or contact us at info@genomebc.ca immediately should you need to cancel.

    Follow the Twitter conversation at #DRDK2019

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 4:00-4:30pm Registration 4:30-6:00pm Keynote Address and Q&A 6:00 – 7:00pm Reception

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1707383872725664/


  • 2019 Don Rix Distinguished Keynote Address
    Thu. Oct. 24, 4:30pm at Vancouver Convention Centre

    We are not alone: The Human Microbiome in Health and Disease

    Inside and out, our bodies host trillions of microscopic organisms comprised of bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses. This is the human microbiota and your microbiome is all the genes your microbiota contains. We share a symbiotic relationship with these organisms and they play an important role in our health and disease.

    A pioneer and global leader in genomic medicine, Dr. Claire M. Fraser is one of the most highly cited investigators in microbiology. In 1995, Dr. Fraser was the first to map the complete genetic code of a free-living organism — Haemophilus influenza — the bacterium that causes lower respiratory tract infections and meningitis in infants and young children. She helped launch the new field of microbial genomics and revolutionized the way microbiology has been studied. She and her team also sequenced the bacteria behind syphilis and Lyme disease, as well as the first plant genome and the first human-pathogenic parasite. Her work also helped identify the source of a deadly 2001 anthrax attack in one of the biggest investigations conducted by U.S. law enforcement. Genome BC is pleased to present Claire M. Fraser as the 2019 Don Rix Distinguished Keynote speaker. Join us as she discusses the structure and function of the human microbiome and the role it plays in health and disease.

    An engaging Q&A session with the audience will follow the talk. This event is free of charge; however, seating is limited and will reach capacity. Early registration is recommended. Genome BC is proud to organize science forums at no cost, but we depend on your attendance. Please be sure you can attend before registering or contact us at info@genomebc.ca immediately should you need to cancel.

    Follow the Twitter conversation at #DRDK2019

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 4:00-4:30pm Registration 4:30-6:00pm Keynote Address and Q&A 6:00 – 7:00pm Reception

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1707383872725664/


Tue. Oct. 29
  • Oct. Café Sci with Dr. Leonard Foster: Breeding stronger bees
    Tue. Oct. 29, 7:30pm at Yagger's Downtown Restaurant and Sports Bar

    Dear Café Scientifiquers,

    Our next café will happen on Tuesday, October 29th at 7:30pm in the back room at Yagger's Downtown (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be Dr. Leonard Foster from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UBC.

    Breeding stronger bees by shortcutting nature

    Dr. Leonard Foster's laboratory at UBC has been involved in a Canada-wide project aimed at bringing modern molecular technologies to bear on the selective breeding of honey bees that are better able to resist disease and stress. They use molecular fingerprinting and genomics to identify stronger bees, enabling their selective breeding. This brings up several controversial topics, including whether these bees are “natural”, whether selectively bred bees could/should be patented and how far away direct genetic modification of honey bees will be. Dr. Foster will describe the state-of-the-art in bee genetics and where the future may lie here.

    Dr. Leonard Foster is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Foster comes from a family of beekeepers and got his introduction to academic bee research at Simon Fraser University while doing his Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry – at SFU he worked with Drs. Winston and Slessor on honey bee pheromones, particularly the components of queen mandibular pheromone. He then did a Ph.D in Toronto a post-doctoral studies in Denmark before starting his current position in 2005. The first independent operating grant that Dr. Foster secured was to study how bee pathogens were able to manipulate the protein machinery within bee cells. Since that time he has led three very large-scale projects that have investigated some of the molecular mechanisms behind disease resistance in bees. This effort has recently moved into trying to apply this knowledge by using the information they have learned to guide selective breeding for hygienic behavior in honey bees. He is very active in extension and frequently engages the public on various aspects of honey bee biology. He currently lives in Richmond and keeps bees himself.

    We hope to see you there!

    • Your Café Sci Vancouver Organizers

    @cafescivan blogs.ubc.ca/cafesci/ facebook.com/groups/cafescivan/

    cafesci.vancouver@gmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/events/529489297811661/


Thu. Oct. 31
  • Halloween After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium
    Thu. Oct. 31, 6:30pm at Vancouver Aquarium

    Join us if you dare, for a Halloween scare – and explore the spooky side of our oceans. There’s no better way to celebrate the scariest night of the year than surrounded by the inhabitants of the deep dark ocean.

    •Whether you’re doing the monster mash or getting down to Thriller, our two live DJs will have you under their spell •Discover what lies beneath as you learn all about one of the ocean’s most ominous creatures during the shark talk •Show your wild side during our costume contest with a chance to win an animal encounter for two. While costumes are encouraged, they’re not mandatory •Brain of Frankenstein or Einstein? Show-off during our tantalizing trivia •Sip a Halloween-themed cocktail and explore the darkest corners of our galleries during this adults-only evening •Terror not your thing? Our otter-ly adorable sea otters will be enjoying special Halloween ice treats.

    Regular and VIP tickets are now on sale – get them while you can, this event is known to sell out!

    VIP tickets include: •Early event entry at 6 p.m. •Special VIP bar and area •Live DJ •One souvenir photo •Meet a Snake •Tricks, treats, and more!

    Important Info: Photo ID is required for entry. Tickets are available online only. No tickets available for purchase at the door. All ticket sales are final. Membership cards will be required for member-priced ticket holders.

    Event: Halloween After Hours at the Vancouver Aquarium Date: October 31, 2019. Time: 6.30pm – 11pm Where: Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park (845 Avison Way) Cost: Regular: $38 | Member: $30 | VIP Ticket: $55 | Member VIP: $44 Purchase tickets at vanaqua.org

    https://www.facebook.com/events/370833530487611/


Tue. Nov. 5
  • Biodiversity Lecture Series with Beth Shapiro
    Tue. Nov. 5, 7:00pm at Robert H. Lee alumni centre

    Can (and should?) biotechnology reverse extinction? Could extinct species, like mammoths and passenger pigeons, be brought back to life? Is it possible to clone extinct species using the same or similar technologies that created Dolly the sheep in the 1990s? What are the chances that the science fiction of “Jurassic Park” will someday become science fact?

    In this lecture, Beth Shapiro, ancient DNA scientist and author of How to Clone a Mammoth, will discuss the real science behind the emerging idea known as “de-extinction.” From deciding which species should be restored, to sequencing and editing their genomes, to anticipating how revived populations might be overseen in the wild, she will walk through the process of resurrecting extinct species, considering the technical, ethical and ecological challenges of de-extinction as well as its potential benefits.

    While she argues that it may never be possible to bring back an identical copy of a species that has gone extinct, de-extinction technology is likely to provide a new solutions to revitalize and stabilize contemporary ecosystems, with benefits to the preservation of existing biodiversity.

    Beth Shapiro is an evolutionary biologist who specializes in the genetics of ice age animals and plants. As Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz and HHMI Investigator, Beth uses DNA recovered from bones and other remains to study how species evolved through time and how human activities have affected and continue to affect this dynamic process.

    Her work focuses on organisms ranging from influenza to mammoths, asking questions about domestication, admixture, speciation, and pathogen evolution. Her current work develops techniques to recover increasingly trace amounts of DNA such as from environmental and forensic samples.

    A 2009 MacArthur Fellow, Beth is also an award-winning popular science author and communicator who uses her research as a platform to explore the potential of genomic technologies for conservation and medicine.

    This is a FREE event and it’s part of the Biodiversity Lecture Series, organized jointly by the Biodiversity Research Centre and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Eventbrite RSVP required.

    The event will be held in the Jack Poole Hall at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. More information here: http://beatymuseum.ubc.ca/events/event/biodiversity-lecture-series-with-beth-shapiro/


    The University of British Columbia is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ speaking xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) people. We thank the Musqueam for their ongoing partnership with the Beaty Museum in furthering our understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing our world.

    ACCESSIBILITY SUMMARY: The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre has the following accessibility features: Three accessible doors on the main level One accessible washroom on the main level that includes a children’s change table Two elevators An accessibility ramp to the main doors One accessible parking space is available immediately next to the building. The parking space is complimentary, but the vehicle must have a valid accessibility parking permit.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/3013676498648762/


Wed. Nov. 6
  • Skeptics Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. Nov. 6, 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.


Fri. Nov. 8
  • Collisions Festival: Invasive Systems (Art-Science Festival)
    Fri. Nov. 8, 7:00pm at VIVO Media Arts Centre

    Picture this - a world where AI invades human creativity, bacteria invade our brains, and invisible technological signals penetrate all natural environments. Where invasive species from plants to humans transform spaces where they don't belong, technology infiltrates every aspect of our daily lives, and the waste of human inventions ravages our natural environments.

    That world is here, and the time is now. Can we recognize, understand and prevent these invasive systems from transforming our world beyond recognition? Through visual art, multimedia installations, and interactive experiences, join artists and scientists at "Collisions Festival: Invasive Systems" to explore the delicate and complicated nature of how both living and inanimate things redefine our environments.

    This weekend festival includes an art-science exhibition, a hands-on workshop (Sat, separate registration required https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/64220318702), and guided discussions and tours by the curator (Sat/Sun). It will showcase collaborative works by three artist/scientist pairs, and independent works by six artists. Opening reception will be on Friday, November 8 starting at 7pm.

    Artist/Scientist Collabs: Laara Cerman & Scott Pownall, Dzee Louise & Linda Horianopoulos, Kathryn Wadel & Garth Covernton

    Participating Artists: Christian Dahlberg, Chris Dunnett, Edzi’u, Tywla Exner, Joanne Hastie, Katrina Wong.

    For more information about the festival, including artist/scientist biographies, visit the festival website: http://bit.ly/collisionsfestival2019


    We acknowledge that Collisions Festival and its events take place on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for the opportunity to live and work on this land.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/510913169691745/


Sat. Nov. 9
  • Collisions Festival: Invasive Systems (Art-Science Festival)
    Fri. Nov. 8, 7:00pm at VIVO Media Arts Centre

    Picture this - a world where AI invades human creativity, bacteria invade our brains, and invisible technological signals penetrate all natural environments. Where invasive species from plants to humans transform spaces where they don't belong, technology infiltrates every aspect of our daily lives, and the waste of human inventions ravages our natural environments.

    That world is here, and the time is now. Can we recognize, understand and prevent these invasive systems from transforming our world beyond recognition? Through visual art, multimedia installations, and interactive experiences, join artists and scientists at "Collisions Festival: Invasive Systems" to explore the delicate and complicated nature of how both living and inanimate things redefine our environments.

    This weekend festival includes an art-science exhibition, a hands-on workshop (Sat, separate registration required https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/64220318702), and guided discussions and tours by the curator (Sat/Sun). It will showcase collaborative works by three artist/scientist pairs, and independent works by six artists. Opening reception will be on Friday, November 8 starting at 7pm.

    Artist/Scientist Collabs: Laara Cerman & Scott Pownall, Dzee Louise & Linda Horianopoulos, Kathryn Wadel & Garth Covernton

    Participating Artists: Christian Dahlberg, Chris Dunnett, Edzi’u, Tywla Exner, Joanne Hastie, Katrina Wong.

    For more information about the festival, including artist/scientist biographies, visit the festival website: http://bit.ly/collisionsfestival2019


    We acknowledge that Collisions Festival and its events take place on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations. We are grateful for the opportunity to live and work on this land.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/510913169691745/


Tue. Nov. 12
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. Nov. 12, 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.


Sat. Nov. 16
  • Skeptics Brunch at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Sat. Nov. 16, 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.


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