Join the McGill Office for Science and Society for a special screening and panel discussion of "Science Moms", a documentary film that gives a voice to the science-minded moms - moms who are too often drowned out by the fear mongers, the shamers, and of course, the CelebMoms! Through interviews with "science moms" who are on the front lines of this battle, the film dissects the bogus claims of these celebrities one by one and explain in simple language what the science really shows about GMOs, vaccines, homeopathy, and more....Topics that are often in the headlines, yet more often than not, misunderstood.
Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Joe Schwarcz, with film director Natalie Newell, science communicator Kavin Senapathy, neuroscientist Alison Bernstein, and other science-minded Montreal parents!
Date: Monday, March 26
Location: Frank Dawson Adams (FDA) Auditorium (3450 University St.) Please note: the easiest way to enter FDA Auditorium is through the entrance on University St.
FREE. Registration required.
Who are the "Science Moms"?
Alison Bernstein is a neuroscientist who studies Parkinson’s disease, epigenetics and neurotoxicology. Alison has BA in the Biological Basis of Behavior, with a minor in the History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. She has PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from Washington University, where she was in the Molecular Genetics and Genomics program, but did her dissertation in a Neuroscience lab. She did two postdoctoral fellowships at Emory University, receiving additional training in neurotoxicology, neuroscience and epigenetics. She is now an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where she runs her own lab exploring the role of epigenetics in mediating the effect of environmental exposures on the risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Outside of work, Alison is a mom of two. She loves to cook, play tennis, do crafts, read bad scifi novels and sleep late (which rarely happens). You can follow Alison on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook.
Natalie Newell is the director and producer of the Science Moms documentary, current co-host of the Parenthetical Science Podcast, and former producer and co-host of The Science Enthusiast Podcast. Natalie holds a M.Ed. and worked for a decade in the field of Montessori education before choosing to become a stay-at-home parent to her two sons, while simultaneously pursuing her interests in the areas of science communication and secular activism. You can follow Natalie on Twitter.
Kavin Senapathy is a freelance writer covering science, health, medicine, parenting, and the intersection of these topics. Kavin holds a BA English Literature from the University of Wisconsin and is a regular contributor to Forbes. Her work also appears in Slate, SELF Magazine, and other outlets. Senapathy is a frequent guest on podcasts and radio, and her commentary has been quoted or cited in The Atlantic, NPR, The Ringer, Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Magazine, Parenting Magazine, and more. She’s a proud “Science Mom” to two young kids, and also works for her Madison, Wisconsin based family business, which specializes in IT services and data analysis. You can follow Kavin on Twitter.