Past Events & Exhibits at Gerstein

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2020:

September 2020:

Virtual Science Literacy Week at Gerstein & U of T Libraries! Sept 21-27

Poster from Science Literacy Week 2020 reads contests, trivia, displays and moreCanada is a country rich in biodiversity, and this year we’re celebrating that diversity. From lakes to oceans, prairies to boreal forests, marshland to tundra, our country is brimming with science. We’re encouraging Canadians to explore what makes these environments unique and so amazing and why we need to conserve them for future generations.

Along with organizations from across Canada, U of T Libraries is celebrating the beauty and importance of biodiversity across the nation. Participating libraries from St. George, UTM, and UTSC campuses will offer virtual displays, contests, trivia & other content that will inspire you all week long!

Gerstein Library's online activities 


2019:

Nov 2019:

Publishing in the Health Sciences
November 20, 2 - 4pm

Understanding the roles of authors, reviewers, and editors in the publishing process is key to researchers. Publication and dissemination of research outputs is integral to science.  This is your chance the learn from Executive Editor Rebecca Cooney from The Lancet about:

  • How to construct a manuscript review
  • What editors are looking for in reviewer comments
  • The role of reviewers in publication ethics
  • Navigating tricky situations as a reveiwer
  • What is on the horizon in peer review

This is your chance to connect with an editor and ask all of your questions! This is targeted to students, post docs, early-career researchers, faculty, and anyone interested in better understanding the publishing process. 

Presenter: Rebecca Cooney, Executive Editor, The Lancet, Elsevier

WHERE: Main Auditorium, Michener Institute of Education at UHN
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1V4
Nearest subway stop: St. Patrick Station

WHEN:
November 20, 2019  2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Register by November 18th to attend and enjoy refreshments + Kindle Fire raffle! 

Poster reading Join Us in a Workshop for Publishing in the Health Sciences with an image of guest speaker Rebecca Cooney


Publishing in the Life Sciences: Authors, Reviewers, and Editors
November 21, 9 - 11am

Understanding the roles of authors, reviewers, and editors in the publishing process is key to researchers. Publication and dissemination of research outputs is integral to science.  

Attend this author workshop and learn about:

  • How to write a great paper that people love to read
  • How to choose the right journal and pitch your story
  • The role of scientific editors and what happens to your paper once you submit
  • How to be a great reviewer
  • The changing publishing landscape: open access, preprints, data availability, editorial transparency, and more!

This is your chance to connect with an editor and ask all of your questions! This is targeted to students, post docs, early-career researchers, faculty, and anyone interested in better understanding the publishing process. 

Presenter: April Pawluk, Scientific Editor, Cell - Cell Press, Elsevier

WHERE: Main Auditorium, Michener Institute of Education at UHN
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1V4
Nearest subway stop: St. Patrick Station

WHEN:
November 21, 2019  9:00 am – 11:00 am

Register by November 18th to attend and enjoy refreshments + Kindle Fire raffle!

Poster titled Publishing in the Life Sciences: Authors, Reviewers and Editors with an image of guest speaker April Pawluk

May - June 2019:

Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions

May 21 to June 29, 2019

We are pleased to host Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions, a six-panel travelling exhibition from the National Library of Medicine (United States).

Where: Gerstein Lobby

When: during Library hours

Mind-altering drugs have been used throughout the history of America. While some remain socially acceptable, others are outlawed because of their toxic, and intoxicating, characteristics. These classifications have shifted at different times in history, and will continue to change. The six-banner traveling exhibition Pick Your Poison: Intoxicating Pleasures & Medical Prescriptions explores the factors that have shaped the changing definitions of some of our most potent drugs, from medical miracle to social menace.


2018:

Sept 2018:

How to Write a Great Research Paper & Get it Accepted

September 24, 2018, 2-4pm

Understanding the publishing process is key to maximizing the impact of your research.  Choosing the right journal, writing an article fit for purpose, and understanding how it will be discovered by other researchers are all important steps in the research lifecycle.Poster titles How to Write a great research paper and get it accepted by a good journal

Attend this author workshop and learn about:

  • Identifying the right journal
  • Using proper scientific language
  • Structuring your article
  • Understanding the peer review process
  • Open Access Publishing
  • Publishing ethics e.g plagiarism, duplicate publishing
  • How to get your research noticed

This is your chance to connect with an editor and ask all of your questions!

Presenters:

Rebecca Cooney, Executive Editor, The Lancet

April Pawluk, Scientific Editor, Cell - Cell Press


Workshop is open to all U of T student, faculty, staff

Questions? Email research.connect@utoronto.ca


Where:

Michener Institute of Education at UHN
222 St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1V4

Nearest subway stop: St. Patrick Station


Proudly supported by Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto Libraries, and the Research Institute of Healthcare Education, Michener Institute of Education at UHN


Science Literacy Week

September 17-23, 2018 

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Science Literacy Week, an annual nationwide festival celebrating science, takes place at participating U of T Libraries from Sept 17-23, 2018. 

More about the events

Aug 2018:

Book Display: Choose Your Own Adventure

Book displayHaving a staycation this summer? Embark on an exciting adventure, solve a puzzling mystery, or take it easy and enjoy the warm weather with our summer read picks.

Where: The Gerstein Book Stop (lobby)

When: August 1-31, 2018 (during opening hours)

 

 

 

 


Apr 2018:

Paws for a Study Break, Apr 3-26, 2018

Healthy Inside & Outdoors, Apr 25, 2018

A dog in a red leash with a St. John Ambulance logo on the collar

Bella, the St. John Ambulance therapy dog, is back to help you relax, take a break and relieve a bit of stress!

City skyline with trees, camping tent and large sun above event titleHealthy Indoors & Outside: Green Spaces & Mental Wellness Talk + Camping Workshop

Green spaces and the outdoors have a huge impact on our health, both mental and physical.  Toronto has a number of urban green spaces, parks, ravines, trails as well as Rouge National Urban Park, a biodiversity rich natural ecosystem with marshes, beaches, hiking and camping!

Come hear a talk on green spaces and mental health, followed by workshop on the practical aspects of camping and fully engaging with our natural environment.

PART 1:

Not All Green Spaces are Created Equally: Exploring How Urban Green Spaces Influence Our Mental Health & Well-being

Some neighbourhoods in Toronto with high amounts of green space have some of the poorest mental health. This is contrary to the evidence that demonstrates that green spaces have a positive effect on mental health and well-being. This presentation explores what might be happening in these spaces, and what aspects of green space need to be considered for mental health promotion.

Speaker: Nadha Hassen - Health Researcher
Website: nadhahassen.com / / Twitter: @nadhassen

Nadha Hassen is a health researcher and city builder who is passionate about health equity. Nadha has worked in research at policy and community levels, thinking critically about who is able to be healthy and why. As a Junior Fellow at the Wellesley Institute, Nadha focused on the link between urban green spaces and mental health. She received the 2017 Next Gen Award by the Canadian Urban Institute for this work. She will be starting her PhD shortly and will continue to explore the creation of mental health-promoting green spaces for all.

PART 2:

Learn to Camp and Experience the Great Outdoors

Studies have shown that spending time in nature improves physical, mental and social well-being, as well as increases environmental awareness.

The Parks Canada team will show you how to get started with camping right here in the GTA!

A free, all-ages workshop presented by staff from Rouge National Urban Park.

More information


Mar 2018:


Celebrating the Life of Stephen Hawking

"Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious." - Stephen Hawking

Book display

We celebrate the inspirational life and big ideas of a scientific great, Stephen Hawking. Please come by and borrow from our special display of books tracing the life of Hawking, as well as some of Hawking's most famous works.

Where: The Gerstein Book Stop (lobby)

When: Mar 15-31, 2018 (during opening hours)


Feb 2018:


Blind Date with a Book

Feb 9-28, 2018

book display

Don't judge a book by its cover! 

During the month of February, we invite you to come and borrow a book from our special Valentine's Day-inspired book display - without ever seeing the front cover.  Find your potential literary match and bring home one of our 'blind date' books - will it be true romance, adventure...or pure horror :O ?

Where: The Gerstein Book Stop (lobby)

When: Feb 9-28 (during opening hours)


Dec 2017-Jan 2018:


"And There's the Humor of it": Shakespeare & the Four Humors

Dec 18-Jan 27

Shakespeare

We are pleased to host "And There's the Humor of it": Shakespeare & the Four Humors, a six-panel travelling exhibition from the National Library of Medicine (United States).

Where: Lobby

When: during opening hours

William Shakespeare (1564–1616) created characters that are among the richest and most humanly recognizable in all of literature. Yet Shakespeare understood human personality in the terms available to his age—that of the now-discarded theory of the four bodily humours—blood, bile, melancholy, and phlegm.

These four humors were thought to define peoples’ physical and mental health, and determined their personalities, as well. “And There’s the Humor of It”: Shakespeare and the Four Humors explores the language of the four humours that bred the core passions of anger, grief, hope, and fear—the emotions conveyed so powerfully in Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies.

Other highlights include:

  • View displays featuring gorgeous period costumes,stage props, and illustrations from selected plays
  • Browse our book display on the exhibition's featured plays: Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and The Merchant of Venice
  • Snap a selfie at our photo booth with Skully, our resident skeleton
  • Challenge your wits on our scavenger hunt (starts Jan 2018)

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health and the Folger Shakespeare Library.

With special thanks to the Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies (University of Toronto) for their partnership and creative support (additional displays curated by Liuqingqing Yang).

With selected images reproduced from the collections of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.


2017

Nov-Dec 2017

Nov 21-Dec 19, 2017  

Dog wearing red leash with St John Ambulance logo on the collar

Bella, the St. John Ambulance therapy dog, is back to help you relax, take a break and relieve a bit of stress!

Sept 2017:

Sept 14, 2017

The 3 Research R's: Review. Report. Reproduce.

Web of nodes and lines, a checklist, a document and a duplicated document representing the three Rs of Research

 

 

 

Tired of poorly reported and non-reproducible research? What roles does uncertainty play in research?

Learn about the issues that can lead to this growing problem of research waste in the scientific world, and what steps you can take to improve your own reporting practices. 

Speakers:

Matthew Page is a Research Fellow based at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Australia whose main focus is on meta-research; that is, he performs research on ways to improve the value of biomedical research.

Title of presentation: Reproducible research practices in systematic reviews of biomedical research: how can they improve?

David Bailey is a professor in the Department of Physics, at the University of Toronto whose current research and teaching focuses on experimental uncertainty and why measurements are sometimes wrong.

Title of presentation: Physics is easy, medicine is hard, everything is complex.

 

Patricia Ayala is the Research Services Librarian at the Gerstein Science Information Centre, University of Toronto whose research interest is on knowledge syntheses and reducing research waste.  

Title of presentation: More than expert searchers: How librarians are positioned to improve quality and reduce research waste in knowledge syntheses studies.

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5:00-7:00pm

Alice Moulton Room, 2nd floor

Doors open at 4:45pm. Light refreshments will be served..

Space is limited.

Questions? Email research.connect@utoronto.ca

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September 18-24, 2017  

 

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Science Literacy Week, an annual nationwide festival celebrating science, takes place at participating U of T Libraries from Sept 18-24, 2017. 

More about the events.

See below for calendar of events at Gerstein:

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June 5-July 16, 2017

Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature 

Where: Lobby, Gerstein Science Information Centre

Visit this exhibit to learn more about the scientific origins of the mythical modern monster, and also check out our special book display, historical scientific instruments from UTSIC, and fun photo wall!

Frankenstein's monster's head wtih stitches across forehead below text reading Delve into the 19th century scientific origins of the mythical modern monster

About the exhibition:

On a dark and stormy night in 1816, Mary Shelley began writing a story that posed profound questions about individual and societal responsibility for other people.

To make her point, the young novelist used the scientific advances of her era and the controversies surrounding them as a metaphor for issues of unchecked power and self-serving ambition, and their effect on the human community.

Since that time, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus has become one of the Western world’s most enduring myths. The story provides a framework for discussions of medical advances that challenge our traditional understanding of what it means to be human.

The six-banner traveling exhibition explores the Birth of Frankenstein, the life of author Mary Shelley, the scientific search for the principle of life, and the transformation of the “monster” in popular culture.

This exhibition was developed and produced by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.

 

April 6-May 15, 2017

The Cabinet Project

The Cabinet Project is a distributed exhibition bringing to life historical, anecdotal and imagined stories evoked by scientific objects, their surrounding spaces and the individuals inhabiting them. The goal is to make the intense creativity existing inside science laboratories visible, and to suggest potential interactions between the sciences and the arts. To achieve this goal, 12 artists have turned 10 cabinets across the University of Toronto into art installations. Curated by Roberta Buiani, ArtSci Salon.

Ongoing installations featured at the Gerstein Library:

Joel Ong & Mick Lorusso's MICROBIAL WITNESS/ATLAS

Location: 1st floor, by entrance | Viewing times: during opening hours

Microcollection's Cabinet de Regard: The Visitors

Location: 1st floor, by staircase (follow the red carpet)

Viewing times: till April 28th - Mon-Fri. 11:30am-1:30pm  |  (or by appointment - contact info@artscisalon.com)

Events:

Opening reception & Tour (Thursday, April 6) -  at Fields Institute

Artists' Panel - Sensing the Microbial (Monday, April 10) - at the Gerstein Library


March-April 2017

Bella the Therapy Dog visits

March 28, 2017

Careers in Science Communication

Feb 8, 2017

Communicating Science: Women in STEM


2016

September 19-25, 2016

Science Literacy Week 2016