Thursday, January 27, 2011

"Sky's the Limit!" : SCOM teams up with M.Sc. Biology Students

This year, our program is taking on an innovative new project:  our class has partnered with M.Sc. Biology students at Laurentian University (led by Dr. John Gunn) to develop a series of TED talk-style short films.  These films will feature individual M.Sc. students discussing science topics as they relate to excerpts  of selected books (listed below):

[Click on the book title for more information]

1. Catching Fire - Richard Wrangham
2. Our Choice - Al Gore
3. Your Inner Fish - Neil Shubin
4. Survival of the Sickest - Sharon Moalem
5. Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond
6. Oxygen -  Nick Lane

So, where does the SCOM class fit into this project?  We've been divided into three production teams (Reel Science, Biofilms, and SciMax), and we're in charge of realizing these films.  It's a great opportunity for everyone involved to develop skills in teamwork, organization, pre-production, filming, editing, and post-production (and of course, it's fun!) - and it gives us a chance to work and interact with people outside of our program.  For the M.Sc. students, it's an exciting opportunity to gain science communication skills to apply to future endeavours.

The final videos will be posted online in early April.  Further details TBA.

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