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2008-2009 Freaky Fridays

Freaky Fridays: McGill scientists confront myths, debunk popular misconceptions, and clarify science. Each Freaky Friday lecture allows for audience interaction and is followed by a popular film.

Freaky Fridays takes place in the Auditorium of the Redpath Museum, 859 Sherbrooke Street West, Metro McGill or Peel. Seating is limited, but reservations are not necessary.

For the current season, please visit the main Freaky Friday page.

For the 2008-2009 season, please see below.


Global Swarming

Fri., September 26, 2008, 4:00 PM | Driven by international trade, invasive species are spreading rapidly across the planet. Dr. Anthony Ricciardi, McGill's specialist on biological invasions, will explain the ecological consequences of this phenomenon, which he describes as "global swarming". Followed by the film "Snakehead Terror".


Who Believes and Why?

Fri., October 31, 2008, 4:00 PM | Freaky Friday co-hosted by the Lorne Trottier Public Science Symposium. By Dr. Brian Alters, Director, Tomlinson Project in University-Level Science Education


Superfood or Frankenfood?

Fri., November 7, 2008, 4:00 PM | Superfood and Frankenfood by Dr. Martina Stromvik (Plant Science, McGill). Followed by the film "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes".


Big Bangs and Supervolcanoes

Thu., November 20, 2008, 12:00 PM | Dr. John Stix, from McGill's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, explains the process that can turn ordinary eruptions into global climatic disasters. Followed by the 2005 BBC made-for-TV film "Supervolcano".


Glacial meltdown

Fri., January 16, 2009, 4:00 PM | Dr. Jeff McKenzie, from McGill's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, presents a lecture about the realities of glacial melting followed by the film "Waterworld".


Creationism in Scandinavia -- Another nordic myth?

Fri., February 27, 2009, 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM | A presentation about creationism in Sweden, Europe, and globally, with a commentary on how many scientists, particularly in Europe, miss the point when they try to oppose this anti-science movement. By Swedish evolution educator Per Kornhall, Swedish Centre for School Biology, Westerlundska Gymnasiet, Uppsala; guest visitor at McGill's Evolution Education Research Centre. Followed by the documentary film "Expedition Linnaeus".


Memory Manipulation

Fri., March 6, 2009, 4:00 PM | Dr. Karim Nader, from McGill Psychology, presents a lecture about the therapeutic manipulation and suppression of memory. Followed by the film "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".


Probability surprises -- Magic or Math?

Fri., March 13, 2009, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM | Presented by Matthew de Courcy-Ireland in honour of the late William Moser, Professor Emeritus at the McGill Department of Mathematics and Statistics. The presentation will be introduced by Jacques Hurtubise and followed by the film "21".


A Brief Look into the World of Islamic Creationism

Fri., March 27, 2009, 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM | Dr. Jason Wiles, from Syracuse University, presents a lecture about the anti-evolution propaganda of Harun Yahya.