Science and engineering ebook database Knovel is holding its 2011 University Challenge from now until December 2nd. Use Knovel’s resources to answer 3 questions for a chance to win an iPad2, cash, or other prizes. Universities with more than 100 correct entries are eligible for additional prizes. Rules and more details can be found on […]

Celebrate Science is a festival of B.C science writers for children and teens. The event will be taking place on Saturday, 24 September 2011, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia.

This science extravaganza will appeal to teachers, teacher-librarians, student teachers, public librarians, child care workers and parents.  The half-day program will feature talented Canadian writers and illustrators whose books and passion for science spans all ages. They’ll explore scientific topics with the audience and highlight a wide range of books available for youth. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jeanette Whitton, Environmental biologist and Co-Director, Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Featured scientists include Dr. Wayne Maddison, the spider guy;  Dr. Amanda Vincent, Project Seahorse researcher and Dr. Eric Taylor, UBC Fish Collection.

Science writers from the Children’s Writers and Illustrators of BC (CWILL BC) will be presenting their books:

Fiona Bayrock,  author of Bubble Homes and Fish Farts

Tanya Kyi, 50 Questions series

Shar Levine & Leslie Johnstone, authors of over 70 hands-on science books such as Kitchen Science and their latest Snowy Science.

Cynthia Nicolson, Totally Human: Why We Look and Act the Way We Do;

Barry Shell, author of Sensational Scientists

Jim Wiese, Surrey High school teacher and author of over 40 books including Spy Science, Rocket Science and Cosmic Science.

There will be a science book fair and sales with a 10% discount for attendees.

To register online go to

We hope to see you there!

Ingrid Parent – UBC’s University Librarian and President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions – was interviewed yesterday on Le Téléjournal Colombie-Britannique, Radio-Canada’s evening newscast.

You can view the all-French interview here – the interview runs in the third segment, about two minutes in.

JSTOR, “a trusted digital archive of more than one thousand academic journals and one million primary sources”, is a very popular database, especially for research in political science.

If you’re a regular JSTOR user, or expect to be one soon, consider attending this webinar tomorrow morning: Learn How to Get the Most from the JSTOR Platform. Registration is free.

See the full JSTOR  training schedule here.




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Sep 14

Historic Joy Kogawa House announces new writer-in-residence

Historic Joy Kogawa House, the house that was the childhood home of author Joy Kogawa before the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II, has announced a new writer-in-residence. Susan Crean will live and work in Joy Kogawa House from September 15 to December 15, while working on a new piece of historical non-fiction about headtax payer Wong Dong Wong.

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