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STARS: Inreach to McGill Science staff

Outreach goes inside with STARS (Scientists Talk About Research for Staff), a series of special lunch-hour talks for Faculty of Science support staff. To bridge the gap between scientists and those who work behind the scenes to support them, once a month, researchers give an informal talk about their work. The roster also includes a few Staff Talk About Real Stuff presentations. The audience includes lab technicians, database managers, administrative assistants, and advisors. A light lunch is served during each talk courtesy of the Dean of Science.

For more information, or to RSVP, please contact Ingrid Birker, Science Outreach Coordinator, at science [dot] outreach [at] mcgill [dot] ca, or call 514-398-4094

Please note, STARS are now GREEN: Please bring your own plate, fork, napkin, and cup. Facilities for washing-up are nearby.


September 24, 2014: McGill’s Leafy Legacy. Join Ingrid Birker, Victor Chisholm, and Jacqueline Farrell for a guided tour of some of the oldest, proudest and most unusual trees on campus. Rain or shine, this tour starts at the Redpath Museum with lunch and the oldest fossil plants in the world (the Devonian vascular plants from the Gaspé collected and described by Sir William Dawson). It will continue with a walking tour of the campus, or in case of inclement weather, a collections-based exploration inside the museum.

October 15, 2014: The Rutherford Museum. Guided visit with Curator Jean Barrette. This STARS will start with a lunch served in the Board Room at Rutherford Physics, 3600 rue University.

Note change of date: November 13, 2014 (instead of November 12, 2014): Music and Molecules. By Joe Schwarcz (Director, Office for Science and Society). This entertaining presentation from Mini-Science 2014 explores how great music has the right chemistry, but the wrong chemistry has also played a role in the life of musicians and composers. This STARS talk will take place in Room 430 at 3610 McTavish.

December 10, 2014: Guided Tour of New Chemistry Labs. By Jean-Marc Gauthier. Meet in the entrance area of Otto Maass Chemistry Building, for the bag lunch and introduction prior to the tour. This is a repeat of the successful STARS event from March break 2014.

January 7, 2015: Guided Tour of the Mac Med Hazardous Waste Facility. By Wayne Wood (Associate Director, University Safety) and Christian Bouchard (Manager of Hazardous Waste McGill). The Centre is located on the ground floor of the McIntyre Medical Sciences Building; enter via the lobby. We will make arrangements to have lunch somewhere near the Facility.

February 11, 2015: Guided tour of Maude Abbott Medical Museum. By Joan O’Malley (Dept. of Pathology). This guided tour will be led by Joan O’Malley, the Assistant to Dr. Richard Fraser, the Director of the Maude Abbott Medical Museum. She will give us a brief introduction during our lunch and escort us all to the Museum together. For more information about the museum, please refer to the Maude Abbott Medical Museum website. (Meet in Room B-15, Duff Building, 3775 University Street. The guided tour will be in the Maude Abbott Medical Museum which is located in the Strathcona Anatomy and Dentistry building.)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015: BioPhysics research. By Sabrina Rose Leslie (Assistant Professor, Department of Physics). This STARS talk will take place in Room 430 at 3610 McTavish.

TBC, Wednesday, May 20, 2015: Trees of the Upper Campus with Jacky Farrell (McGill Science Outreach) and Hugo Laperle (Arborist, Grounds and Facilities, McGill). Meet for lunch in the little orchard behind the Davis House Annex coach house at 3653 de la Montagne. Followed by a guided walk of some of McGill’s springiest trees. (You can listen to Hugo’s interview with CBC about the Emerald Ash borer or Jacky’s interview on Radio McGill about water sustainability on campus.