Happy Monday everyone! And happy April Fool’s day! “Some historians speculate that April Fools’ Day dates back to 1582, when France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, as called for by the Council of Trent in 1563. People who were slow to get the news or failed to recognize that the start of the new year had moved to January 1 and continued to celebrate it during the last week of March through April 1 became the butt of jokes and hoaxes.”
1. Spring GalaThis year’s Spring Gala will be May 17th in the Bellini atrium between 7pm and 12am. Come join us for wine, snacks, dancing, and more! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. Faculty, staff, and families are welcome!
2. BGSA Elections
We are still looking for a Communications Committee representative, an Organismal Seminar Committee representative, a Website administrator, and and Post-Doc representative. Let me know if you’d be interested in running for 2019-2020!
3. Coffee Hour WEDNESDAY
Coffee hour will be Wednesday April 3rd at 10AM in the BGSA room – this time with bagels again! Come chat, eat, and hang out!
4. Speaking of the BGSA room …There have been complaints of cockroaches running around. Please make sure food items– like cookie packages, coffee cans, boxes with teabags, etc… – are closed and /or sealed at all times? Also, please make sure that cups and dishes are washed out and dried after use. The exterminator has already been in the room. Please note that any beige powder that you see under sink, in back of microwave do not remove. Also in bottom of cupboard under sink.
5. Equity Diversity and Inclusion Panel
Creating an Inclusive Science Ecosystem: A panel discussion on equity, diversity and inclusion in academia
Wednesday, April 3 from 3:00-5:30pm Leacock 232
What is the current state of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in academia and the world of science? What can faculty, staff, and students do to help get us to a fully inclusive academic world?Panelists will address these questions and more, by drawing from their EDI-related research and activism, as well as their personal experience as members of the academic community, to define the current gaps and envision practical change processes. The panel will be followed by a networking session with complimentary refreshments.
Learn more and register: http://crblm.ca/creating-an-inclusive-science-ecosystem-a-panel-discussion-on-equity-diversity-and-inclusion-in-academia
Enjoy the sun!
Fun fact of the week – “Mosquitoes searching for a meal of blood use a variety of clues to track down humans, including our body heat and the carbon dioxide in our breath. Now, research shows that a certain olfactory receptor in their antennae also serves as a detector of humans, responding to smelly chemicals in our sweat.Targeting this receptor might offer a new way to foil blood-seeking mosquitoes and prevent the transmission of diseases including malaria, Zika virus and dengue, according to the study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology.”
Science joke of the week – Why was Pavlov’s hair so soft? Because he conditioned it. Thanks to Neelima Vaddadi for the joke.