Saturday, May 25th “Scientists Fair II”

A2 S&S Logo - for BlogLocated in the Multi-Purpose room (in the lower level of the main branch), there will be several professors and researchers from the University of Michigan and other institutions with expertise in general fields of knowledge, available to answer your questions. Some of the topics will include particle physics, human cloning, climate change, the Big Bang, and more.

You can watch a short video about the Scientists Fair here (video).

The purpose of this event is to not only acquaint people to scientific knowledge, but also to how that knowledge is obtained. We want people to ask these experts how theories are supported with experimentation, what hypotheses were tested and confirmed or falsified, and to what extent is there consensus amongst their colleagues about a given theory.

Pic3 Participants talking with physicists Dr. Sean Tulin and Dr. Brian Nord

Chicago Skepticamp 2013

Skepticamp ChicagoThe Chicago Skeptics will be hosting its third Skepticamp on March 2, 2013.  Chicago Skepticamp 2013 will be at the Irish American Heritage Center, located at 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago, IL  60630.  Doors will open at 10:30 am. The event will run from 11 am to 6 pm.

Skepticamps are informal, lively gatherings promoting science and critical thinking.  Participants are encouraged to discuss and question both traditional skeptical topics and new subjects.  Attendance is free, though all attendees are encouraged to help by either speaking, helping set up/clean up, or making a donation.  No one, however, will be turned away because they don’t have a specific task.

Last year’s event attracted skeptics from around the Midwest.  A range of topics were presented from psychology to conspiracy theories to youth outreach.

Over 100 people are expected to attend Chicago Skepticamp 2013.  Everyone who will be attending Chicago Skepticamp 2013 should register at http://chicagoskepticamp2013.eventbrite.com/#.  More information will be available at http://chicagoskeptics.net/skepticamp/.

Founded in 2006, Chicago Skeptics seeks to promote science and critical-thinking skills. Chicago Skeptics sponsors speakers and organizes discussion groups.  They also organize social events and concerts.  Past events include speeches by Hemant Mehta, Brian Dunning, and Rebecca Watson.  George Hrab has performed three concerts for Chicago Skeptics.

More information about Chicago Skeptics can be found at http://chicagoskeptics.net/.  Chicago Skeptics are also on Twitter @chicagoskeptics.

Additional information about Skepticamps around the world can be found at http://skepticamp.org.

Event Contact:
William Brinkman
wbrinkman2007@me.com

Save the Date: Saturday, May 25th “Scientists Fair II”

On Saturday May 25th, the Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics are hosting the second annual “The Scientists Fair” at the downtown library.  The event will take place from 1:00pm to 3:00pm. This will be free and open to both Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics members and the public.

Located in the Multi-Purpose room (in the lower level of the main branch), there will be several professors and researchers from the University of Michigan with expertise in general fields of knowledge, available to answer your questions. Some of the topics will include evolution, climate change, the Big Bang, and more.

You can watch a short video about the Scientists Fair here (video).

The purpose of this event is to not only acquaint people to scientific knowledge, but also to how that knowledge is obtained. We want people to ask these experts how theories are supported with experimentation, what hypotheses were tested and confirmed or falsified, and to what extent is there consensus amongst their colleagues about a given theory.

I hope we can get your participation.

CFI Michigan’s Solstice Dinner ~ Dec. 13th

On Thursday, December 13th, the Center For Inquiry (Michigan) is having their annual solstice dinner at Somerset Inn from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on 2601 West Big Beaver Road (view map).  Tickets range from $29 (for students) to $39.  You can also receive a discount if you become a ‘Friend to the Center.’

You can register online here.

The special guests at the dinner will be Ron Lindsay, the CEO of Center for Inquiry, and Alan Kinniburgh, the Director of Development at Center for Inquiry.

Meet-Up (12/5) – “Skeptics in the Pub”

The Ann Arbor Science & Skeptics will be having our December ‘Skeptics in the Pub’ on Wednesday, December 5, at the Colonial Lanes/Cubs A.C. restaurant from 6:00 to 8:00pm. We’ll be in the back room located down the short hallway past the bar.

There won’t be a special guest speaker at this meet-up; this is a purely social meet-up. So there will likely be multiple conversations happening at once.

Colonial Lanes is located on South Industrial (off of Eisenhower). As you walk up to the building, the entrance to the restaurant part of the establishment is on the left.

Interview: Richard Mendel on Honey Bees & Colony Collapse Disorder

In preparation for the documentary screening, Vanishing of the Bees, on July 11th, I spoke with Ann Arbor beekeeper, Richard Mendel, about the science of beekeeping.  We also talk about honeybee colony collapse disorder, as well as the organization of which he’s a contributing member, the Ann Arbor Backyard Beekeepers.

For more information on the July 11th screening, visit http://www.aadl.org/events/list?id=14467.