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Canada South Science City Earth Day Dinner
April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Canada South Science City hosts their annual Earth Day Dinner featuring guest speaker Dr. Graham Parker at the Fogolar Furlan Club on April 20, 2018. This is the 12th annual “FUNdraiser” for Canada South Science City.
Dr. Graham Parker from the School of Medicine at Wayne State University, brings experience in the fields of stem-cell research and neuroscience and serves in various editorial capacities including as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Stem Cells and Development. Dr. Parker is also co-leader of the Integrative Health Sciences Core Facility for the Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) and a frequent lecturer and panelist on topics of stem cells.
His talk is entitled Removing Barriers to Real Scientific Progress. Some of these barriers arise from conflicts of interest in research. “The costs to progress, the lessons to be learned and future priorities will be discussed”, explained Dr. Parker.
Silent auction items and a cash bar will be available, and awards for a poster & poetry contest will be announced.
The dinner includes: relish tray, penne with meat sauce, tossed salad, roast chicken, potatoes, bread and butter, coffee or tea, a dessert. Special dietary requirements can be specified on the order form.
Doors open at 6:30 PM and a buffet meal is served at 7 PM.
“Our lives have never depended more on science and the technology it enables” declared Science City president Bill Baylis. “Beyond the smart phones, virtual-reality viewers, and 3-D printers, modern science and technology have spawned revolutions in such areas as space exploration and modern medicine, and they are opening paths for providing food and safe water to the 7.6 billion humans currently on the Earth. As astronomer Carl Sagan taught us, Science is much more than a collection of facts: it is a process for uncovering such facts and through them, to understanding the true nature of the universe (or even multiverse!), its origin, its future, and everything in between.”
To be sure, the uses of powerful technology are not always benevolent. Even the progress of science itself can be disrupted by false data and fake news. The current peer-review system for science publications helps sort wheat from chaff, but it is not widely understood and certainly not perfect. How can we better explain and enhance the robustness of this peer-review system? This, together with traditional topic of protecting the environment, forms the theme of the dinner.
Tickets for the dinner, at $50 for adults and $35 for children up to age 12, may be purchased online at www.eventbrite.com. Tickets for tables of 8 sell for $350. Tax receipts can be issued for the eligible portion of the adult price.