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Submitted by darmstro on Thu, 08/20/2015 - 3:25pm


Originally incubated at the university within the Schulich School of Engineering, Beakerhead is a creative initiative that celebrates the combination of science and art as part of everyday life. This made-in-Calgary event has attracted headlines around the world, and has many new installations in store for 2016. The University of Calgary is once again a sponsor of the smash-up of science, technology, engineering and art. 

The 2016 edition includes the university's energy and creativity coming from almost every corner of the campus. More than a dozen of the 60 events are led by UCalgary students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Below is a listing of events and programs where there is a clear UCalgary connection.

Events on campus:

Rothney Astronomical Observatory, Priddis 
Saturday, September 17, 8 - 11 p.m. Tickets $10/$20
A full moon rising exemplifies the theme of La Bella Luna tempismo perfecto. Astronomer Roland Dechesne will talk about the moon and humanity's plans for our celestial neighbour. The University of Calgary Chamber Choir will sing under the stars. Telescopes will be operating with several astronomers on hand for questions. Please arrive by 7:50 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $20 per car. All proceeds go towards the Rothney Astronomical Observatory programs.

Library and Cultural Resources are hosting a number of "Campus Collisions" over the course of Beakerhead. These are free to the public and are all based in the Taylor Family Digital Library. The full list of events can be accessed here...

Jack Simpson Gymnasium
Thursday, September 15, 12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
The Schulich School of Engineering presents a demonstration of the OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter (OLA) by the Canadian Space Agency for Beakerhead. The 3D mapping technology is also aboard NASA's latest mission, which intends to return a sample of asteroid back to earth. 

Beakerhead is known for surprises – keep an eye on social media #beakerhead #ucalgary50 for any pop-up events with UCalgary connections. 

Events featuring UCalgary students, faculty, staff and alumni:

September 17, 7 - 11 p.m. 
Bridgeland, McDougall Road NE
Prepare for a night full of quirky surprises in a massive outdoor gallery of art and engineering. Beakernight will illuminate the streets of Bridgeland with interactive works and performances, live music (including UCalgary Cumming School of Medicine alum, Dr. Raj Bhardwaj and Dr. Darren Markland), the Beakerbar, just to name a few. 

Fort Calgary, 750 9 Avenue SE
September 14 - 18
The world's most unbounded sandbox is back! Robots and humans of all ages are invited to go on an archaeological dig, bring a picnic or just roll up your sleeves and get sandy. This ingenious programming is supported by the Schulich School of Engineering.

Dining is a whole new experimental experience when chefs and bartenders become scientists. University of Calgary researcher from the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Paul Gordon, recruited 24 restaurants to ensure that Beakerhead goers have something to eat and drink that's as creative as the art they are taking in. 

September 14 - 16, 4 - 6 p.m.
Stephen Avenue between 1 Street SE and 3 Street SW

The Biological Sciences Graduate Student's Association presents "Petri Dish Picasso" and "Let's Talk Science" from the Faculty of Science will be present on Stephen Avenue to engage with the public in a variety of science, engineering and art activities.

Friday, September 16, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Performance Hall at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, 850 4 Street SE
Tickets $40
Some say science holds the greatest adventure stories on earth - in the hands of the right storytellers! This evening of sparkling storytelling will take you to the frontlines of science - seven stories with music to match - all brought to life by researchers, broadcasters and brilliant minds. Kory Czuy, a PhD candidate at UCalgary, wonders why math is such a dreaded and acceptably unattainable subject when it is created, taught and practised by human beings with senses, feelings and culture. Listen to her work on sensual mathematics and the way math could be a more positive experience, especially within Aboriginal communities. 

Saturday, September 17, two shows 2 and 7 p.m.
Theatre Junction Grand, 608 1 Street SE
Tickets $35
Join Jay Ingram and his band, the Cosmonauts, on a visual and musical journey through an era when the idea of space exploration was only a dream. Those dreams created the space age and have indeed come true. Meet a real astronaut, and current Chancellor of the University of Calgary, Dr. Robert Thirsk, at the 7 p.m. show.

September 14 - 18
Eau Claire Market
Here's a location that lights up as you explore! A giant eight-foot Lite Brite-inspired toy illuminates your best pixel art, while a quadrant maze tests your sense of direction. Sarah Hewitt, PhD graduate in neuroscience at UCalgary, is one of the site leads. Please stop by and say hi!

September 16, 6 -8 p.m.
Kent of Inglewood, 1319 9 avenue SE
Tickets $40
Take a fragrant journey into the captivating world of perfumes and scent science. Learn how your olfactory system work with your brain to recognize smells. Sarah Hewitt, PhD graduate in neuroscience at UCalgary and UCalgary alum Josephine Tsang, named as one Chatelaine Magazine’s “80 Amazing Canadian Women in Watch” will help you understand scent at the molecular level. 

Thursday, September 15, 8 - 9:30 p.m.
Royal Canadian Legion No. 1 Branch, 116 7 Ave SE
Tickets $20
Relationships are full of slings and arrows that can sometimes spark a deep desire to "pay back" perceived offences. In a word, it's about power. Dr. Susan Boon from UCalgary and Dr. Stephen Yoshimura from the University of Montana explore revenge in this animated and scientific evening. 18+

Sunday, September 18, 2 - 5 p.m.
Fort Calgary, 750 9 Avenue SE
Beakerhead winds down by winding up the most delightful catapault build! Teams as small as four and as large as a mini-brigade will design and build catapults with the intention of tossing love-to-hate items. Come out and watch our own GSA and UCalgary's Scholars College be a volunteer team at this year's competition.

Sunday, September 18, 1 - 3 p.m.
Phil and Sebastian's Lab, Simmons Building, East Village 
Tickets $60
How do you make a cup of excellent coffee? The Phil and Sebastian's team will distil this process and explore the science behind brewing coffee. Various techniques and instruments will be put to use to understand the engineering behind the coffee bean. Both Phil and Sebastian are Schulich School of Engineering grads! 

September 15, 2016 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Crave Cookies and Cupcakes, 1107 Kensington Road NW
Tickets $77
Leave no cocoa swirl unturned in your quest for the best cookie. You will run tests and variables to explore each element in the cookie making process under the expert guidance of University of Calgary chemists, Natasha Garner and Travis Tokarek, and Crave Cookies and Cupcakes bakers (UCalgary alum!). Here's to developing the perfect chocolate chip cookie!

September 14, 6 - 9 p.m.
National Music Centre, King Eddy Entrance, 851 4 Street SE
Tickets $70
Calgary's music polymath and UCalgary alum, Kevin Stebner, will show you how to turn your gaming device into an instrument to create your own video-game jams. All you need to know is how to use a Gameboy! Register online.

September 14, 6-10pm
Pips Board Game Café, 2015 33 Avenue SW
Want to bring your board game skills to an extreme level? Challenge members of UCalgary’s Scholars Program. How about Pandemic with a microbiologist, or Operation with a real life doctor. Or how about Clue with a forensic scientist? See if a commodities trader can help you up your game of Catan!
$7 per person per game

September 15, 6-9pm
The Silk Road Spice Merchant, 1403 9 Avenue SE
Tickets $50
Did you know ground pepper was once worth its weight in gold? Explore riveting tales about the surprising science and history of spices and herbs. Lauren Drogos, a PhD candidate at UCalgary and Adrienne Lee, UCalgary alum and chemist, will be on hand to weave the science of sensation into the spice perception. Unusual pairings of fragrance and taste are sure to delight your senses and your palate as you create your own steak rub to take home.