at the Museum
February 16 - April 13
EARTH HOUR at the Museum on March 29:
Join the members of the McGill Astronomy Club and the members of the Redpath Museum Club for an evening of geology and star gazing. Event starts in the Redpath Museum Auditorium with an introduction to the fascinating science of earth and the heavens. Followed by a walk up Mont Royal for star gazing. Weather permitting.
EARTH DAY events on April 13:
Synthetic Futures on Film
By Britt Way
Synthetic biology is the most recent advancement in genetic engineering that modifies living systems for human ends, applying an "engineer's mindset" to the complexity of nature. From foods, fuels, and medicine to the resurrection of extinct species, the aim of synthetic biology is to replace the factory floor with the living cell. But how is it done? And what are some of the greater social, ethical, and environmental implications of our synthetic futures?
Britt Wray is a biotech researcher and science radio producer making programs for the CBC. Britt will lead a guided tour of the synthetic biology landscape in this talk. Her presentation is accompanied by selected excerpts from a forthcoming documentary film on synthetic biology from Field Test Film Corps that she worked on as an editorial assistant in Portland, Oregon.
FREE, everyone welcome. No reservation necessary.
Earth Day Workshop: Creepy crawlies around us
April 13, 11h30 (in english) and/et 13 avril à 13h (en francais)
Zoom into the fascinating world of insects! With the help of a GUEPE naturalist, discover this often misunderstood universe. Expore the difference between vertebrates, invertebrates and insects. Learn more about insect bodies and how they use their their legs, head and abdomen. Explore their impressive specializations through different games and activities, and discvoer the diversity of the insect world through our collection! (In English).
2 sessions for/ pour ALL / TOUS les âges:
11h30 – 12h30 (in english)
13h-14h (in french).
Mieux vaut réserver à l’avance / email to reserve:redpath [dot] museum [at] mcgill [dot] ca.
Public Reading: Parallel Lives in the Greco-Roman World
Sunday, May 4, 14h
By Denis Brault, Professor of Latin and Greek for La Fondation Humanitas.
The biographies written in Greek by Plutarch in the middle of the first century of our era introduced some interesting parallels in the lives of the Great Men of Ancient Greek and Roman history. How similar - and how different - were Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, Demosthenes and Cicero?
Musical accompaniment by cellist Vincent Bélanger. Part of a Public Reading Series.
FREE, Everyone welcome. Not suitable for young children. In Auditorium.
Image: Embossed pendant with portrait of Alexander the Great. From 4th century. In Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. Taken from Wikimedia Commons.
Science pour tous
Mount Royal flora: The forest and the human story
May 9, 17h - 19h
With Éric Richard (Directeur des services éducatifs, Les amis de la montagne) and Aboriginal Outreach (McGill)
This 24 heures de science event helps us to discover a variety of stories about the plants that grow on the mountain and learn about the strong connection between native people and local flora. The forest on Mount Royal has been known by humans since prehistoric times. Wood was used for construction and tools, many plants were collected for food and others for medicinal uses.
This event starts with brief presentation in the Museum, continues with walk to the Hochelaga monument and finishes with traditional Huron-Wendat strawberry drink near the Kondiaronk White Pine on Mount Royal's summit behind the lookout. Part of this event will be with Darrell Thompson, a traditional Mohawk medicine man. The complete talk and walk is two hours. Please bring your own snack to share at the summit.
WHERE: Start at the Redpath Museum at 5:00 p.m. FINISH: Mount Royal Kondiaronk lookout at 7:00 p.m. with refreshments.
FREE but suggested contribution: $10 regular adult/ $5 student, child, senior, Max: $20/family.
All proceeds go to the PROJETS AUTOCHTONES DU QUÉBEC (PAQ).
Image: Bloodroot blooming in May. Photo credit: Les amis de la montagne
Mothers Day presentation:
The Golden Eagle Hunters: A Kazakh Photo Essay
May 11, 14h
By Bonnie Folkins
FREE, Everyone welcome. In Auditorium.
Le 28e journée des musées montréalais / 28th Montreal Museums Day
25 mai / May 25, 2014
10h - 16h Outdoor activity / Activité au dehors :
- Faites un moulage de fossile en plâtre / Make Your Own Fossil Replica!
(10h – 16h, weather permitting / le temps le permet)
- Solar viewing / visualisation solaire avec /with Royal Astronomical Society / Société d'Astronomie de Montréal
(10h – 16h, weather permitting / le temps le permet)
Dans le Musée / In the Museum (Galerie Dawson Gallery, 2ieme étage/second floor)
- Les dinosaures du Canada / Dinosaurs of Canada avec /with Sociéte de la Paléontologie du Québec
HOMECOMING 2014 EVENTS: October 19, 2014
Science on Stage: Out of her Mind
Sunday, October 19th, 14h
(The Madwomen Monologues)
Madcap. Zany. Demented. Delusional. Crazy. Twisted. Obsessed. A collection of monologues by Colleen Curran featuring women who have momentarily lost their minds for what they believe, at least, is a good reason or a good cause. They are all quite mad but in a very funny way. It’s as much a scientific study of spot the psychological disorder or chemical imbalance as it’s a theatrical look at: so just how much or how little does it take to make someone totally lose it? And as ever, wonderful Montreal actors will be performing this new work.
Colleen Curran’s previous comedies which have had debut readings at Redpath Museum Science on Stage are Godot at the Coconut Grove, Bearings, Down with Mrs. Charles Darwin and True Nature which launched the 2011-2012 season at Centaur Theatre.
This Science on Stage event is part of Homecoming 2014, in collaboration with Playwrights Workshop and McGill Science Outreach.
FREE, Everyone welcome. In Auditorium. Image: Theda Bara with skeleton. From Wikimedia commons.
HOMECOMING 2014 EVENTS: October 19, 2014
GUIDED TOURS:11h -Egyptian mummies, 12h - Mesozioc Dinosaurs and 13h -Biodiversity exhibits
With student guides from the Redpath Museum Club. Meet in the Entrance Hall. Free, everyone welcome, no reservation necessary. In English.
Nuit blanche @ Museum: Flashlight tours
March 1, 7pm - 1 am (March 2)
Tours / Visites à : 19h, 20h, 21h, 22h, 23h, et minuit
Duration / Durée : ≈ 40 min. chaque visite /each visit
Where / Lieu : Musée Redpath Museum
Université McGill, 859 rue Sherbrooke ouest Metro: McGill Bus: 24
Cost / Coût : $4 regulier OU $2 enfant/etudiant/l'age d'or, maximum pour famille = $10 à la porte / at the door.
IMAGE: Torsten Bernhardt.
Black History Month @ Museum: The Colour of Science
Feb. 23, 15h
Dr. Frederic Bertley (Vice-President, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia). This presentation includes an introduction to the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM)as well as an interview with Dr. Maurice Ennis, M.D.. Coorganized by The Garvey Institute, The Franklin Institute and McGill Science Outreach.
In Auditorium. FREE, everyone welcome. No reservation necessary.
Odysseus and his Women
Sunday, November 17th, 2 pm
By Denis Brault, Professor of Latin and Greek for La Fondation Humanitas. A public reading from the text of Homer's Odyssey (in English) on the theme of the hero Odysseus' encounters and relationship with women. Accompanied by cellist Vincent Bélanger. Program includes a note on the translation of the text and selected readings from Book One: A Meeting of the Gods on the subject of Odysseus; Book Five: Seven years with Calypso; Book Six: Odysseus encounters with the Phaeacian princess Nausicaa; Book Ten: Odysseus and the Sorceress Circe; Book Twelve: The Sirens; Book Thirteen: Odysseus and Athena and Book Twenty-Three: Odysseus returns home to his wife Penelope. FREE, Everyone welcome. Not suitable for young children. In Auditorium.
Images: Prof. Denis Brault and Odysseus and the Sirens depicted on an Attic red-figured stamnos, from around 480-470 BC. In British Museum. Taken from Wikimedia Commons.
Science on Stage: The Science of Comedy
Sunday, October 20th, 14h
What’s so funny to some people and not funny at all to everybody else? Scientists are still trying to discover where the funny bone is and just what part of the brain makes us laugh.
Nothing is a sure thing comedy wise. It is one of life’s greatest mysteries. The Greeks said it all had to do with the four humours, if they were unbalanced so were you and nothing amused you. Some people believe that if you try to analyze comedy, you kill it. E. B. White said that examining Comedy was like dissecting a frog, they both died from it. This Science on Stage event is a staged reading of a new play by McGill Alumna Colleen Curran (B.Ed '81) called GODOT AT THE COCONUT GROVE, and brought to you by Playwrights Workshop and McGill Science Outreach.
Colleen Curran’s play TRUE NATURE first presented in Redpath Museum’s Science on Stage Series and went on to premiere at Centaur Theatre in 2011. FREE, Everyone welcome. In Auditorium. Image: Wikimedia Commons.
Special exhibit: Lady Into Fox
Monday August 12th, Guided tour at 13h
Lady Into Fox is an exhibition which dates back to the late Victorian era and the tale of a woman who suddenly transforms into a fox and how she and her husband struggle to come to terms with her new physical form and the eventual change in their natures. It is an exhibition which challenges notions of fact, fiction, science, authority and the miraculous. Come join Dr. Aidan Gillian for the short film depicting the novella, a guided tour of the Lady Into Fox collection of artifacts, with tea to follow!
FREE. In English. No reservations necessary. Everyone welcome. Starts in Auditorium.
Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine Symposium (WISEMS) on October 8, 9, 2012.
The "best of" WISEMS have been compiled as a Webcast.
Past and future challenges for Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine with Margaret Rossiter (Marie Underhill Noll Professor of the History of Science at Cornell University), Ruby Heap (University of Ottawa), Rima Rozen (Associate Vice-Principal, Research & International Relations, McGill), Peter Campbell (Queen's University) , Ariane Marelli (McGill University, Harvard Medical School).
Reaching for the stars by Astronaut Julie Payette.
Challenges facing women today in science, engineering and medicine with Suzanne Fortier (President, NSERC), Rose Goldstein (VP Research, McGill) , Marianna Newkirk (Medicine, McGill University), Catherine Potvin (Biology, McGill University) and Tracy Webb (Physics, McGill University).
Student reflections about WISEMS: Katharine Yagi, a graduate student in McGill Biology, reflects on the presentations and how the information affected her as a young woman scientist at McGill. She even adds some very personal information about her mother’s experiences as a young fisheries biologist in Ontario in the late 1970s. Here is her concluding sentence with a recommendation to continue WISEMS: “In reflection I think having an annual WISEMS symposium would be very influential and a good idea. ... to help inform the public of the issues women are still having in the workforce, particularly in science and engineering. I really think most people don’t even realize women would have issues like these, largely because they don’t think of women working in science-related positions in the first place."
IMAGE: Carrie Derick, photo by Watson Davis, probably taken at the British Association of Science meeting, Toronto, Canada, August 1924. From Smithsonian Archives, retrieved from Wikipedia Commons.
Funding and support for WISEMS from the Beatty Memorial Lectures Committee /Cette conférence est présentée grâce à l'aide financière du Comité des conférences commémoratives Beatty, Situating Science (SSHRC), McGill Science Outreach (Dean of Science), McGill Institute for the Study of Canada (MISC), McGill History and Classical Studies, and McGill Faculty of Medicine.
November 17: Bronwyn Chester's Tree Dedication Ceremony
Read The Gazette article about this event. To contribute to a special fund that has been set up for McGill's planted landscape please send a cheque made out to Bronwyn Chester Fund, McGill University or Allocation # 05187. Mail to: Donation and Record Services, McGill University, Martlet House, 1430 Peel Street, Montreal, Quebec, H3A 3T3. Bronwyn’s tree, Amelanchier laevis , commonly known as the Shadbush, Smooth Serviceberry, or Indian Pear, likes to grow in slightly shaded areas. Bronwyn liked it because it is one of the earliest native trees to produce fruit. As she said in her article about this species: “A sweet city is a city, which in my books, has fruit for the picking! “. From Bronwyn's article entitled “Paying service to service berries”.
Check this NFB documentary short film Sacrée montagne - Les arbres, about Bronwyn's keen interest and respect for trees.