Friday, January 25, 2013

Science communication

Both these talks sound really interesting.

Dr. Jennifer Gardy will be giving seminars next Thursday and Friday at 1:30pm. The Thursday seminar (Thursday, Jan 31 MRL 2053 at 1:30 pm) "Science Communication: Lessons Learned from My Weird Career" addresses effective scientific communication, and the Friday seminar (Friday, Feb 1 ESB 1001 at 1:30 pm) "Outbreak: The Sequel – Using Next-Gen DNA Sequencing to Understand Infectious Disease Transmission" is a bit more technical. There is also the opportunity to meet and chat with Dr. Gardy about everything from her research career to here wide-ranging scientific communication experience (TED talks, television appearances).

Dr. Gardy is the head of the British Columbia Center for Disease Control's (BCCDC) Genome Research Laboratory and also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). For her PhD work, she studied bacterial genomics and bioinformatics-based predictive methods at Simon Fraser University. During her three year post doctoral work, she studied mammalian innate immune response at UBC. Currently, at BCCDC, Dr.Gardy work on genomic epidemiology on organisms such as tuberculosis and influenza. Dr. Gardy bio also states that she is "a passionate science communicator involved in a number of science media projects, including regular appearances on CBC Television's documentary series The Nature of Things."

Dr. Gardy's BCCDC website:
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