Science Education

Jobs – Summer Science Program, UBC. Due: Mar 31, 2016

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There are several jobs with various duties and capacities available for the Aboriginal summer science camp at UBC over the summer. The job postings have been made available and we are now accepting applications for positions. The deadline to apply is March.31.

Here is a little bit about the summer science program:
This is a one-week cultural, health and science program for Aboriginal students in grades 8-11.
The program promotes interest in health and science programs through firsthand experience at the University of British Columbia.
Great opportunities to meet new friends, eat great food, connect with Elders and role models, and enjoy fun, laughter and learning.
Here is the link for the webpage and job postings.

Volunteer Chaperones Wanted: Kirkness Science Camp

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Volunteers chaperons wanted: Evenings of May 15th to morning of May 20th
Kirkness Science Camp will be hosting about 16 Aboriginal students from across Canada at UBC May 16th to 20th.  They are looking for about 4 volunteer chaperons to joins from about 4:30 to 9:30 am in the morning.  This will mean lodging with students at Vanier for the week.  It will include meals for the week and lodging.  The days for the volunteers will be free to enjoy at beautiful UBC Vancouver campus.  Volunteers must be 21 or older and fill out a criminal records check form (through Kirkness there will be no charge for the criminal check form to the volunteer).
Please contact Carolyn Kenny with questions.  See more about the camp here:

Call for Applications: Kirkness Science Camp for Gr. 11. Due Feb 29, 2016

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What: Kirkness Science Camp
When: May 16th – 20th 2016
Eligibility: Aboriginal students in grade 11
Cost: It is free to the student. It includes travel from anywhere in Canada, meals, lodging, a one week science project
Applications are competitive: students write a 300 word essay and students would be chosen and Kirkness will decide which science lab that they are selected for.  Of course, hoping to select a science lab that most closely matches their essay. 
Application deadline:  February 29, 2016
The Dean at the UBC Faculty of Forestry is partnering with the Kirkness Science Camp and is hosting six students May 16-20th (as are other programs and universities across Canada). 
This is a one-week “camp” where high school students will work on a science project and present their project on Friday May 20th.  The student will join the faculties during the day and have chaperons during the evenings.  There will be an honour feast to celebrate the nations joining together. 
We have 4 faculty member, myself and graduate students that will work with the students.  Lori Daniels will host a tree ring lab to compare the properties of old-growth and second-growth western redcedar; Sue Grayston and Cindy Prescott will examine the biodiversity in soil from Haida Gwaii; and Julie Cool will design a wood product with students.  We also have planned a trip to the Malcolm Knapp Research Forest in Maple Ridge.
Let me know if you have any questions.  Please share with your connections and communities that you are working with. 
Best wishes,
Andrea Lyall, RPF PhD Candidate
Aboriginal Initiatives Coordinator / Sessional Lecturer
Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia

CFP – Science in Society Conference and Journal, Closing October, 21 2014

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Call for Papers

Proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters, or colloquia are invited for the Seventh International Conference on Science in Society, held 1-2 October 2015 in Chicago, USA. We welcome proposals from a variety of disciplines and perspectives that will contribute to the conference discourse. We also encourage faculty and research students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations or colloquia. Proposals are invited that address science in society through one of the following themes:

Conference Themes

  • The Values and Politics of Science
  • The Social Impacts and Economics of Science
  • Human Impacts and Impacts on Humans
  • Special Focus: Educating Science

2015 Special Focus: Educating Science

At its most cogent and most productive, science is engaged, responsible, and accountable to the social world. It is integrally linked to agendas, interests, values, and ethical stances. These need to be declared and exposed to examination, just as much as science’s propositions about the character of the natural-physical world itself. A constant and searching investigation of human interests goes to the heart of the question of the social credibility and ongoing viability of science. Our focus for 2015, ‘Educating Science,’ is interested in how ‘science’ educates and is educated by the social world. Within this dynamic, how does the teaching of scientific methodologies help produce better students, citizens, and community leaders? And what are the feedback loops connecting science and the social worlds of teachers and learners?

Proposal Submissions and Deadlines

Science in Society Conference and Journal

The current review period closing date for the latest round of submissions to the Call for Papers (a title and short abstract) is 21 October 2014* . Please visit our website for more information on submitting your proposal, future deadlines, and registering for the conference.

If you are unable to attend the conference, you may still join the community and submit your article for peer review and possible publication, upload an online presentation, and enjoy subscriber access to The International Journal of Science in Society.

*Proposals are reviewed in rounds adhering to monthly deadlines. Check the website often to see the current review round.