For several years now, Toronto Public Library has been delivering wonderful talks on cutting-edge science. One of the few other places that the public can get these high-quality talks--and at no charge--is at a university. Indeed, it is precisely because we work with Science Engagement at the University of Toronto, with U of T's Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and with Science Rendezvous that we are able to do this.
Tonight at the University of Toronto you can attend Science Frontiers--Stem Cells: From Hype to Hope with Janet Rossant and Derek van der Kooy, two U of T professors involved in stem cell research, and Helen Blau the director of the Baxter Laboratory for Stem Cell Biology at Stanford University. Nora Young, host of the CBC radio show Spark, will moderate the event.
Tomorrow, campuses, hospitals, research organizations and libraries in Toronto and across the country open their doors to Science Rendezvous. Toronto Public Library has ten programs in branches, led by volunteers from Lets Talk Science and Pueblo Science. These are perfect for families and kids--so a great chance to engage young people in the world of scientific discovery. These programs are all hands-on and lots of fun.
We started Our Planet In Focus in April, and the next talk in the series is on May 15--Geological Wonders of the Modern Ocean Floor with Steve Scott (professor emeritus, U of T)--at the Brentwood branch, 7 pm.
There are still two more talks in the Passion for Astronomy series: Revealing the Supermassive Black Hole at the Centre of the Milky Way (College Shaw, June 6, 7 pm) and Supernovae: The Death of Massive Stars (Pape/Danforth, June 10, 7 pm).