Monday, April 27, 2015, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm is a combined bee/poetry event at the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library. From the Vancouver Public Library “Honey, Hives, and Poetry in the City” event page,
Celebrate National Poetry Month by investigating food and poetry as a means of cultural and social activism and community building. Featured will be:
- Rachel Rose, Poet Laureate of Vancouver
- A collaborative reading by scientist and author Mark L. Winston (Bee Time: Lessons from the Hive) and award winning poet Renee Sarojini Saklikar (Children of Air India)
- Readings from author and poet Elee Kraljii Gardiner and the Thursdays Writing Collective.
- Presentation and honey tasting with Hives for Humanity.
Address: 350 West Georgia St.
Location Details: Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
[ETA April 21, 2015 at 1000 PST: I’ve just embedded a video which launches a new year of Science Rap Academy (Tom McFadden) in my April 21, 2015 post titled: Please, don’t kill my hive! (a Science Rap Academy production).]
The day after the bee/poetry event, Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Café Scientifique, held in the back room of The Railway Club (2nd floor of 579 Dunsmuir St. [at Seymour St.], will be hosting a talk on pain (from the April 13, 2015 announcement,
Our speakers for the evening will be Dr. Matthew Ramer and Dr. John Kramer. The title of their talk is:
Knowing Pains: How can we study pain to better treat it?
Pain is arguably the most useful of sensations. It is nature’s way of telling us to stop doing whatever it is we are doing in order to prevent damage, and to protect injured body parts during the healing process. In the absence of pain (in certain congenital conditions and in advanced diabetes, for example), the consequence can be loss of limbs and even of life.
There are circumstances, however, when pain serves no useful purpose: it persists when the injury has healed or occurs in the absence of any frank tissue damage, and is inappropriate in context (previously innocuous stimuli become painful) and magnitude (mildly painful stimuli become excruciating). This is called neuropathic pain and is incredibly difficult to treat because it is unresponsive to all of the drugs we use to treat normal, useful (“acute”) pain.
Ultimately, our research is aimed at finding new ways to minimise suffering from neuropathic pain. Prerequisites to this goal include understanding how normal and neuropathic pain are encoded and perceived by the nervous system, and accurately measuring and quantifying pain so that we can draw reasonable conclusions about whether or not a particular treatment is effective. We will discuss some historical and current ideas of how pain is transmitted from body to brain, and emphasize that the pain “channel” is not hard-wired, but like the process of learning, it is plastic, labile, and subject to “top-down” control. We will also tackle the contentious issue of pain measurement in the clinic and laboratory.*
Both speakers are from iCORD (International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries), an interdisciplinary research centre focused on spinal cord injury located at Vancouver General Hospital. There’s more about Dr. Matt Ramer here and Dr. John Kramer here.
The Wall Institute for Advanced Studies is bringing Dr. Bonnie Bassler, the bacteria whisperer, to speak in Vancouver. From the Wall Exchange series event page,
Dr. Bonnie Bassler, Molecular Biology, Princeton University
May 26, 2015
7:30 pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm.
Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets available online, 2015 or by calling the Vogue Theatre Box Office: 604-569-1144
Here are some more details about the tickets, the event, and the speaker from the Northern Tickets event page,
The Secret, Social Lives of Bacteria
Tuesday May 26th, 2015
Doors 6:30PM, Begins 7:30PM
**Tickets must be redeemed by 7:15PM to be valid**
Dr. Bonnie Bassler is an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Squibb Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. The research in Dr. Bassler’s laboratory focuses on the chemical signaling mechanisms that bacteria use to communicate with each other known as “quorum sensing.” Therapies that block quorum sensing activity may represent an important new strategy for combating bacterial infections. Her research reveals new insights into the basic biology and ecology of bacteria; findings that may have direct application in the future treatment of disease.
918 Granville Street – Vancouver
Go forth and enjoy!
* Removed ‘,t’ at very end of Café Scientifique excerpt on April 24, 2015.