Happy Science Literacy Week!

September 21, 2020

Lindsey Carmichael autographing books

All these kids’ science books are autographed and ready to give away to young readers this week!

Welcome to Mad Science Mondays, where we talk about depictions of science in movies, TV shows, books, and the media. We dissect the good, the bad, the comical and the outright irresponsible. Who says learning about science can’t be fun?

It’s Science Literacy Week

*Fires cannons full of biodegradable confetti*

The brainchild of Jesse Hildebrand, Science Literacy Week started as a grassroots initiative meant to raise awareness about science: what it is, how it works, and why it’s awesome. It’s grown into a national celebration with a wide range of exciting programming – this year, safely socially-distanced or hosted online. It’s also the perfect antidote to the misrepresentation of science that I usually talk about on Mad Science Mondays!

As a scientist and science writer, Science Literacy Week is one of the highlights of my annual presentation schedule. This year, I am absolutely thrilled to be serving as Virtual Author in Residence at Queen’s University. I’ll be presenting to everyone from elementary students to student teachers to graduate students who need to polish up their sci comm skills. I’m also doing a couple of public events for the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, so if you’ve got a library card, come on (virtually) down!

Thank you to the Queen’s Community Outreach Centre and funding partners NSERC PromoScience, Canadian Wildlife Federation, and Science Odyssey presents Science Rendezvous for giving me this opportunity. I AM SO EXCITED!!!

I’m also going to be super swamped and probably a little stunned, so if you don’t see me around the internet for a few days, don’t worry – just drop a caffeinated beverage or two on my doorstep, and check out some of the amazing events happening across the country, all week long.


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