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New drugs, quark gluon plasma, and secret codes – all part of Vanier College 2013 Science Week

For the third consecutive year, Vanier College is holding Science Week, an inside look at the latest in biology, medicine, and physics.  Running from March 11 to 15, 2013, Science Week features talks, debates, demonstrations and events promoting Science at Vanier College.

New drugs and Big Bang mysteries
On Monday morning, March 11, Dr. Terry Hébert, from Pharmacology and Therapeutics at McGill University, will launch the festival with his talk What can you do to discover new drugs? – a look at the challenge of finding new drugs. Next,  Next, Dr. Sangyong Jeon, from Physics at McGill University, will take us into the small and surprising world of subatomic particles and the long-sought after Quark Gluon Plasma with his talk entitled Hottest ever since the Big Bang.

Codes and secrets
Tuesday afternoon, in Public Key Cryptography, Vanier Mathematics teacher, Stephen Newbigging, will show how secret codes are not just for spies when he explores the need for encrypting data and looks at one of the most common encryption algorithms, the RSA encryption.

Cats, birds and song
Jump into the fray on Wednesday, March 13th at noon with a panel debate: Kill the cats that killed the birds? Hear about the ornithologist taken to court because he killed feral cats that were eating endangered species of birds. Then don’t miss the Science Coffeehouse when science students and faculty showcase their musical and artistic talents.

Prove it, Pi-Day and Machine Man
On Thursday, March 14th at 10 am, Vanier Math teacher Julie Plante, will present Logic may not always tell all the truth Or The evolution of Logic from Russell to Gödel. At noon, it’s time to celebrate Pi-Day with Pi-reciting and Pie-eating contests. Then at 2:30 pm, Vanier Physics teacher, Stephen Cohen, will explore the frontiers of robotics, genetics, and bio-mechanical engineering, and examine where our species may be headed with his talk Robo Sapiens.

Science on tourne!
Finally on Friday, March 15th, from 1 pm until 4:30 pm it’s time for Science, on tourne! Check out budding Vanier engineers who will show off their designs and put their cranes to the test when they meet this year’s challenge of building a crane capable of lifting a weight from the floor using mechanical potential energy.

Check out the full Science Week 2013 program for details and locations of all events.  Open to the public.

Science Week 2013 News Release

Science Week 2013 NEws Release FR

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