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/

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Upcoming events:

Thu. Feb. 20
  • Beaty Nocturnal
    Thu. Feb. 20, 5:00pm at Beaty Biodiversity Museum,

    Come by for a night at the museum!

    The next Beaty Nocturnal is February 20, 2020. The museum will stay open late offering activities until 8:30pm. Admission by donation, all ages welcome, drop in at any time.

    Activities include:

    • Raising Big Blue showing
    • Guided Museum Tour
    • Hands-on activities where you can learn more about specimens in the museum and our current exhibitions.

    The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. We thank the Musqueam for their ongoing partnership with the museum in furthering our understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing our world. You can explore the perspectives of six First Nations communities on biodiversity in our exhibition, Culture at the Centre.

    ACCESSIBILITY SUMMARY: There are no lips or stairs to enter the museum. Flooring is concrete or tile. Our main entrance is equipped with door-opening buttons. Access to the lower level containing the museum collections is via a ramp with a fitted handrail.

    There is an elevator in the Biodiversity Research Centre, adjacent to the museum, which can offer access to the collections floor. This elevator requires key-carrying museum staff or volunteers; please ask at the admission desk.

    There are accessible, single stall, gender neutral washrooms on the gift shop level, and on the collections level. Both are equipped with door opening buttons and handrails.

    For information and to book the UBC Accessibility Shuttle, visit the UBC website. Shuttle stop 12 (Earth Sciences) is located just opposite the museum. Service animals are welcome at the museum, but other animals are not permitted, due to the nature of our collections.

    Our collections area is a dimly lit space to protect museum specimens. Given the nature of the museum’s work, and the materials used in preserving and maintaining our specimens for visitors to explore and learn from, we regret that we are unable to offer a scent-reduced space.

    Everyone is welcome to the museum and its events; oppressive attitudes and behaviour of any kind, towards staff, volunteers or visitors, will not be accepted.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/230797081251136/


  • Surrey/Langley Skeptics Meetup
    Thu. Feb. 20, 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.


Wed. Feb. 26
  • Nerd Nite v50: Space Poop, Movie Making, and Our Drinking Water
    Wed. Feb. 26, 7:00pm at Fox Cabaret,

    Nerd Nite Vancouver is a lot like the sugar molecule sucrose. Sucrose is a disaccharide meaning that it is made up of two molecules – glucose and fructose. Your Nerd Nite hosts are much the same – while they’re both nerd molecules, they’re passionate about very different things but are stuck together by the glycosidic bond that is Nerd Nite. And that sweet little bond has now existed for 6 years! So, we’ll be celebrating our 6 year Nerdaversary and 50th event with a little sugar! Joining us for our anniversary show are three amazing nerds, who will be talking about water, space poop, and film making. Celebrate your 50th with us an bring your sweet tooth (teeth?).

    Hosted by: Kaylee Byers and Michael Unger

    Poster by: Armin Mortazavi

    Music by: DJ Burger

    1. Alina Kunitskaya - “Astroplastic: From Colon to Colony” aka Plastic from Space Poop

    Waste management and the development of on-site manufacturing capabilities are two major challenges for future manned missions to Mars. To address both challenges, “Astroplastic” process was developed to turn astronauts’ fecal waste into bioplastic using genetically engineered bacteria. The produced bioplastic could be used to 3D print tools for astronauts. This talk will explore why recycling of waste and providing on-site manufacturing capabilities will be crucial for long-duration human spaceflight and how the “Astroplastic” project aims to address these challenges. The speaker will share personal experiences of conducting space-related research including experiencing microgravity on a parabolic flight (aka “Vomit Comet”) and making a poop simulant based on a recipe from NASA.

    Bio: Since high school, Alina’s dream has been to become an astronaut. With no clear career path to becoming an astronaut, Alina has focused on finding a field she is passionate about and striving to excel in that field. She graduated with a BSc in Chemical Engineering with Biomedical Engineering specialization from the University of Calgary. Her passion for solving space exploration challenges led to her involvement in developing a process to recycle astronauts’ fecal waste into 3D-printable bioplastics, developing and flying a scientific payload in microgravity, developing an oxygen production process on Mars, and completing a simulated sub-orbital spaceflight in a centrifuge-based flight simulator to help scientists examine the physiological and psychological impacts of g-forces associated with spaceflight. Alina is currently pursuing a MASc degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of British Columbia focusing on bioprocess development for cell-based therapies with a goal of completing a PhD in this discipline. Learn more about her projects at kunitskaya.com and by following her on Twitter at @akunitsk.

    Ed Douglas - "“The Why, What and How of Movie-Making”

    Bio: Ed Douglas is a videogame developer and filmmaker from Vancouver, BC, with passion for sci-fi and an obsession with astrophysics. He’s worked on some great game series like Mass Effect and Need for Speed, and some terrible movies like “Lightning: Bolts of Destruction” (where killer lightning chases our heroes while scientists come to the rescue), and “Belly of the Beast” (where Steven Seagal chases his career straight into the direct-to-DVD bin). After ambling around the world telling stories with companies like EA and Ubisoft, he’s back in BC refocusing back on film & TV.”

    1. Alan Shapiro - A User's Guide to Water in Vancouver

    What exactly is (and isn't) in your tap water? How does bottled water compare? Why do we keep hearing about boil water advisories, lead contamination, and chemicals with multiple syllable names, and what does it all mean for you? In this talk, Alan will explore all these topics, as well as the age-old question: "How long does it take to boil a cup of water by shouting at it?"

    Bio: Alan Shapiro is a water, sustainability, and science communication professional who spends much of his time thinking and drinking water. Alan is the co-founder of Science Slam Canada and Scientific Communications Manager at STEMCELL Technologies. He is an instructor at SFU and BCIT and an advisor for Toronto's Climate Ventures Earth Tech incubator.

    Hosted by: Kaylee Byers and Michael Unger

    Poster by: Armin Mortazavi

    Music by: DJ Burger

    https://www.facebook.com/events/1585785964906313/


Sat. Feb. 29
  • Science Slam and Beaty Museum Present: An Extra Day of Science
    Sat. Feb. 29, 7:30pm at Fox Cabaret,

    Leaping lizards! On February 29, join Science Slam Vancouver and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the Fox Cabaret to celebrate the leap day, or as we're calling it, 'an extra day of science'. To celebrate this special day, we've handpicked a selection of fantastic talks about rare, unusual, misunderstood, overlooked, or cyclical events.

    For those of you who have never experienced the wonder of Science Slam, welcome! This is 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

    Science Slam is excited to collaborate with the Beaty Biodiversity Museum to host this event. Vancouver’s natural history museum, the Beaty Museum holds UBC’s spectacular biological collections. The museum has 20,000 square feet of exhibits with two million treasured specimens, including a 26-metre-long blue whale skeleton suspended in the atrium, dinosaur trackways from BC’s early Cretaceous period, and myriad fossils, mammals, reptiles, and plants from around our region and across the planet.

    Doors open at 7pm, event begins at 7:30pm. General admission $12, first 30 tickets sold get the $10 early nerd rate!

    We'll see you there!

    Accessibility Notes:

    This event takes place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil Waututh nations, and we are grateful for the opportunity to meet, learn, and connect on this land. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people and thanks the Musqueam for their ongoing partnership with the museum in furthering our understanding of culturally diverse ways of knowing our world.

    Science Slams are open, respectful, and inclusive event. If you have any questions or concerns around accessibility, please don't hesitate to reach out.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/193872361665977/


Wed. Mar. 4
  • Skeptics Trivia Night at Storm Crow Alehouse
    Wed. Mar. 4, 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. 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. Mar. 10
  • North Vancouver Skeptics in the Pub
    Tue. Mar. 10, 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. Mar. 17
  • Skeptics in the Pub Downtown
    Tue. Mar. 17, 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.