InFORM scientists participated in the March for Science on April 22nd across Canada, and across the globe. Tens of thousands of marchers in 600+ locations participated around the world to show their support of science and evidence based policy. Here at InFORM, we have seen the power of speculation and conspiracy while we report on measurements. Participating in the March was moving, but this is just a starting point to remind decision makers that basing policy on evidence is a sound way to govern. This week following the March is a week of action and the official March page has ideas to stay engaged.
Here are a few scenes that InFORM scientists saw as they participated in Marches in Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Halifax, and even in the Celtic Sea aboard the British research vessel, RSS Discovery.
For more about the March, see:
Dr. Cullen participated in a panel discussion about the effects of the tsunami and Fukushima disaster at the Vancouver Aquarium on March 7, 2016. Dr. Cullen’s presentation is between 1:15 and 17:00.
Vancouver Aquarium’s original program announcement.
The annual State of the Pacific meeting was held on March 1, 2016 at Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo, BC. We presented this poster to our peers investigating other contemporary phenomenon. Click on the poster to view a larger version.
Jay Cullen, professor of chemical oceanography at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, will give the annual Darwin Day lecture at Bucknell University on Thursday, Feb. 18, at noon at Trout Auditorium in the Vaughan Literature Building. The talk is free and open to the public.
Cullen’s lecture is titled “The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: Learning About Science and Risk Communication.” He will discuss his research surrounding the Fukushima nuclear accident, which was initiated by a tsunami following an earthquake off the coast of Japan in March 2011. In 2014, Cullen led the formation of a new radioactive monitoring network called Integrated Fukushima Ocean Radionuclide Monitoring (InFORM Network), the purpose of which was to conduct research and inform the public about possible risks to the environment and health. Thus far, the research of Cullen and his team has yet to find any threats to public health or the Pacific.
The Department of Biology at Bucknell has organized the annual Darwin Day talk since 2009. International Darwin Day is held on or around the Feb. 12 birthday of biologist Charles Darwin. This talk is co-sponsored by the Department of Biology and the David Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics.