Archive for September, 2009

Feed Your Brain: Sir Ken Robinson

Posted in Feed Your Brain, news with tags , , on September 30, 2009 by saskskeptic

From Facebook

Sir Ken Robinson, author and engaging lecturer, is giving a free talk at the University of Saskatchewan this week.

Date:
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Time:
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location:
Convocation Hall – University of Saskatchewan

U of S New Item [The arts server seems to be down.  I will update the links if it comes back] Google Cache

An author of numerous bestselling books and government reports, Robinson has worked with governments, cultural organizations and Fortune 500 companies around the world.

He will be travelling to Saskatoon as the keynote speaker for the Gail Appel Lectureship in Literature and Fine Arts, presented annually through the College of Arts & Science at the U of S. His lecture, entitled “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative,” is open to the public. A book signing will follow this event.

Sir Ken Robinson – Biography
In 1998, Robinson led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK government. All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education (The Robinson Report) was published to wide acclaim in 1999. He was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, working with the ministers for training, education enterprise and culture. The resulting blueprint for change, Unlocking Creativity, was adopted by politicians of all parties and by business, education and cultural leaders across the province.

In 2005, he was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s ‘Principal Voices’. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. His new book, currently a New York Times Best Seller, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking 2009) is being translated into eight different languages. To hear his TED talk on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY

He also gave a RAS Lecture

For other events of interest see the Saskatoon Skeptics Calendar.

Feed Your Brain: Vetavision

Posted in Feed Your Brain, news with tags , , on September 24, 2009 by saskskeptic

The Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) is holding Vetavision, their biennial open house, Thursday Oct. 1 to Sunday Oct. 4.  You can find their brochure here.

Stick your hand inside a cow.  Go early to avoid the crowds.  No really, go early.

Vetavision: An Open House – October 1-4, 2009

The University of Saskatchewan Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM), is pleased to present an Open House featuring:

Learn About The Veterinarian’s Role In:

  • Livestock Health
  • Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation
  • Exotic Animals
  • Responsible Pet Care
  • New Technology… and much more!

Feed Your Brain: E. O. Wilson Lecture-Canceled

Posted in Feed Your Brain, news on September 23, 2009 by saskskeptic

[Update] The E. O. Willson lecture has been canceled due to illness.

Two time Pulitzer Prize winning biologist E. O. Willson will present his lecture The Diversity of Life – Monday Oct. 5,  7:00pm at TCU Place.  The lecture is sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, together with TCU Place and CropLife Canada

Wilson was the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for his books Ants and On Human Nature, and was named one of “America’s 25 most influential people” by Times Magazine. Today, he is a professor of biology at Harvard University. In his lectures, Wilson draws on the ideas of his best-selling book, The Future of Life, to make a passionate and eloquent plea for a new approach to the management and protection
of our eco-system.

Wilson was the winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for his books Ants and On Human Nature, and was named one of “America’s 25 most influential people” by Times Magazine. Today, he is a professor of biology at Harvard University. In his lectures, Wilson draws on the ideas of his best-selling book, The Future of Life, to make a passionate and eloquent plea for a new approach to the management and protection
of our eco-system.

Tickets available at the TCU Place Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets, Turning the Tide Bookstore, or online at www.ticketmaster.ca or call 938-7800 or 1-800-970-7328.

Feed Your Brain: Saskatchewan Archaeological Society Fall Bus Tour

Posted in Feed Your Brain, news with tags , , , on September 23, 2009 by saskskeptic

Feel like skipping the turkey this year and instead learning a little Saskatchewan and Manitoba archaeology?   The Saskatchewan Archaelogical Society has their fall bus tour thanks giving weekend (Oct. 10 to 12).  The agenda of the tour is:

Day 1 leaving Saskatoon 8:00AM

  • Humboldt Telegraph Station site
  • Historic buildings in Muenster
  • Wadena Wildlife Wetlands
  • Fort Alexandria and possible precontact sites near Canora
  • Doukhobor Prayer Home in Veregin

Day 2 from Swan River, MB

  • Fur Trade posts of the Swan River Valley
  • Thunder Hill Precontact Site
  • Beaches of Glacial Lake Agassiz
  • The Diamond Slides
  • Tent Town

Day 3: leaving Swan River at 9:00

  • Fort Pelly Livingstone Museu
  • Associated Fort Pelly posts Fort Pelly I and II and Fort Livingstone

Return to Saskatoon approximately 5:00 pm.

For more information contact the Archaeological Society at:

Phone: (306) 664-4124
Fax: (306) 665-1928
Email: saskarchsoc@sasktel.net
Web: www.saskarchsoc.ca

While I have never gone on the tours, several of my family members really enjoy them.

Dragoncon Skeptrack

Posted in Skeptic on September 5, 2009 by saskskeptic

The Dragoncon Skeptic track is being streamed on livestream.com.

The schedule is here.