Office for Science and Society
The year was 1982. "Food for Thought", a new and innovative course conceived by Drs. David Harpp, Joe Schwarcz & Ariel Fenster. Designed to provoke some thought, separate fact from fiction and of course, digest everything there is to know about food. And now, 17,000 students later, you too can take this course. FOR FREE. That's right. McGill presents its very-first MOOC (massive open online course), & the McGill Office for Science and Society (OSS) is up at bat. Are you ready for some Food for Thought?
Information is the key to life. We want to know what to eat, how to protect our environment, what risks to avoid and what to do if illness strikes. But when it comes to acquiring information, it is the best of times and the worst of times. It is the age of wisdom, it is the age of foolishness. Newspapers, television, radio and of course the Internet bombard us with information at an unprecedented rate, but when it comes to scientific issues the quality of the information is variable.
A special discussion on the controversy surrounding genetically modified foods will take place on November 6 at 6 PM with representatives from both the "pro" and "con" sides, including from Monsanto. This event is in conjunction with the plat "Seeds" being performed at the Centaur starting October 29. The play is based on the legal battle between Monsanto and Saskatchewan farmer Percy Schmeiser.
Eating has become a confusing experience. Every day brings news about some "miracle food": tomatoes prevent cancer, flax seed prevents heart disease or soybeans ease menopause symptoms. Should we be worried about genetic modification, aspartame, MSG, or the safety of dietary supplements? Dr. Joe will cite the science as he guides us through the nutritional maze.
89th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGBeyond Preventive Medicine -Remodeling the Canadian “Sick Care” System into a “Health Care & Promotion” System
Programme de la FMC du Québec: Mise à jour en obstétrique et en gynécologie
En association avec l’université McGill, département d’obstétrique et gynécologie
Dr. Joe Schwarcz will peak your interest with the "Public Perception of Agriculture - Facts & Myths" where he will trace the path between fear-mongerers and chemical enthusiasts in agriculture.
Repêchage will host a one-day conference titled “Science and Nonsense: Hear from the Experts and Get the Facts about the Beauty Industry.” The presentation will feature keynote speakers, presentations, demos, President’s Award luncheon, new product introductions and a gift bag.
Dr. Joe will explain the truth behind cosmetic ingredients and chemicals and debunk common consumer concerns.