Cornwall Public Library to host Science Literacy week, Sept. 18 to 24

Seen in image above: Dr. Dominique Lapointe. Courtesy photo

CORNWALL — Science Literacy Week highlights Canada’s outstanding scientists and science communicators from coast-to-coast. The week showcases the excellence and diversity of Canadian science and demonstrates just how exciting and cool science really is. From September 18 to 24, a blitz of science-based activities will take place throughout Canada and for the first time the city of Cornwall is getting in on the act.

This year the River Institute and the Cornwall Public Library are banding together to highlight the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) by featuring a series of free events and activities for all ages. The Library will display books and literature that explore STEM subjects for the duration of Science Literacy Week and encourage visitors to check out their special resource list that highlights some of the most engaging and important scientists of all time.

Women in the scientific world will be celebrated when on Tuesday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Dominique Lapointe presents a free talk at the Library entitled, “Fish in a Changing Environment – a Scientist’s Journey up the St. Lawrence River.”

Dominique currently makes her research home base working with the River Institute on the St. Lawrence River, however, she will also touch on the diverse body of research that has taken her on a scientific journey around the world. She has travelled from Virginia to Brazil, from Uganda to Cambodia and back again in her investigative work as a fish physiologist. Today Dominique and her research team are currently working on projects that explore the

health and condition of fish in the St. Lawrence River.

A special science and nature presentation for all ages will also take place at the Cornwall Public Library on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. hosted by the Education Team of the River Institute. ‘Pour a Pond’ is an interactive educational program for children and their parents complete with frogs, invertebrates, insects, and other creatures!  Children and parents will have the opportunity to explore, touch, and feel these creatures as they learn about pond life, the food web, and fascinating facts about each species. For more details on Science Literacy Week at the Cornwall Public Library, visit www.library.cornwall.on.ca.


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