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Here and there… “Creative Commons for Artists”, “Silliness in the Name of Open Science”, and “Gaming in Education”

Hello all, just another post highlighting a few events where I’ll be speaking or sitting on panels. This one is quite a mix, and the first is actually tonight!

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(ONE) October 15th, 7pm to 9pm: Creative Commons Salon Vancouver
Description: A large part of the origins of the Creative Commons license was the artistic sector. Join our panel of practicing artists who will share how and why they chose to use Creative Commons licenses for their works, and discuss the changing landscape of creative practice, intellectual property and participatory culture.
Single Sentence Pitch: Discussion on the pros and cons of creative commons use for creative types

Panelists (other than myself) will include

Date/Time – Monday, October 15 7-9pm
Place – Upstairs at the W2 Media Cafe, 111 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC
Cost – This is a FREE event. However, space is limited – please add your name to the attendee list so we can plan appropriately for food orders and seating.

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(TWO) November 1st, 2:45 – 3-45pm: Adventures in Open Science Advocacy (Part of an Open UBC/Science Conference)
Description: I’ll discuss my experiences in getting science topics into the general public’s consciousness. This includes a number of open projects that primarily rely on crowd-sourcing, involving attempts at hosting puzzles, determining the “truth,” ranking Candy, and the more recent grand crowdsourcing experiment, The Phylomon Project (http://phylogame.org). I will attempt to provide some advice on such ventures and show the merits of an open culture.
Single Sentence Pitch: My lab has done some pretty strange (and hilarious) thing in the name of Science Advocacy. Let me tell you a story about them, and at the same time highlight some of the key points that made them successful.

You should also know that the other OPEN SCIENCE talks are AWESOME. In fact, I would suggest going to them (click on links for details), more so than mine. In fact, I can strongly vouch for all of them being worth checking out.

Date/Time – Thursday, November 1st 1-5pm
Place – Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – Lillooet Room, UBC Campus.
Cost – All talks are FREE. Adding your name to the attendee lists for interested talks is appreciated so that organizers can plan appropriately.

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(THREE) November 13th, 11:30am – 1pm: Application of Game Based Elements in Teaching and Learning
Details TBA (I’ll add when I hear more – today or tomorrow – event should be free though, and will involve a panel discussion on experiences around game based learning).

These Victorian microscope slides are both beautiful and amazing! #want

O.K., this site about Victoria microscope slides has to be one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a while. Lots to peruse, but why not just start with how beautiful the mounting looks.

Botanical specimens

“By the later 1800s, with the advent of an expanding middleclass and the burgeoning popular interest in the Natural Sciences, it was not unusual for households to have a well used microscope and a little “cabinet of curiosities”. Some, as well as purchasing commercially mounted examples, found pleasure in collecting specimens and making their own slides. Many people of the times could give the common and Latin names, and an account of the habits, for most of the plants, insects, and other living creatures both small and large in the vicinity of their town and countryside. Holiday excursions to the seashore became a popular pastime, being seen as wonderful opportunity for collecting unusual specimens for study. Public lectures, classes and demonstrations were held, and numerous societies and clubs of interested “amateur naturalists” met regularly. During the heyday of the Victorian period, the microscope and it’s attendant collection of mounted objects were not viewed as just a means to an education, or scientific tools for the laboratory, but as an interesting, wondrous, and delightful entertainment.”

Specimens that are grouped in a specific spatial (i.e. pretty) arrangements.

Insect specimens

Marine specimens

This is an example of a large mount (with Earwigs) slide.

Visit www.victorianmicroscopeslides/.

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