March 27, 2012
10:30 amto3:30 pm
10:30 amto3:30 pm
10:30 amto3:30 pm

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Randy Olson on ‘The Art of Story-telling’ in Science Communication

March 18, 2012

March 27, 2012
10:30 amto3:30 pm
10:30 amto3:30 pm
10:30 amto3:30 pm
“STORYOMICS: Proof that Scientists Evolved from Humans”

presented by Randy Olson, filmmaker and author of Don’t be Such a Scientist

According to Randy Olson, many scientists suffer from ‘storyphobia’ (the irrational fear of ‘storytelling’), and he worries that this is a dangerous malady in an age of information-overload. A former marine biologist, Dr. Olson is a writer/director who lives and works in Los Angeles. His work focuses on the challenges involved in communicating science to the general public, and the current attacks on mainstream science in fields such as evolution and climate science. Olson argues that it’s time for scientists to admit their human ancestry, realize there is no such science as “storyomics” that will instantly solve the challenge of effective communication, and learn the age-old storytelling techniques that humans have used since before the time of pipettes.


LECTURE: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 – 10.30 to 11.30am
Michael Smith Labs Theatre (Room 102), 2185 East Mall


WORKSHOP: Tuesday, March 27, 2012  2.30 to 3.30pm
(same room)


Randy Olson is the writer/director of the feature films “Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus” (2006/07) and “Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy” (2008) as well as author of “Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style” (2009). He is a former marine biologist (PhD, Harvard University) who achieved tenure at the University of New Hampshire  before changing careers to filmmaking by obtaining an MFA in Cinema from the University of Southern California (USC). He is an adjunct faculty member with the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at USC, while his production company, Prairie Starfish Productions, is based at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles.

For more information, please email: d.alabdulrazzak@fisheries.ubc.ca

This event was made possible through the generous donations of The Fisheries Centre, The Nereus Project, Fisheries Economic Research Unit, The Sea Around us Project, Project Seahorse, TerreWEB, and the students at IRES

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