It’s all about perspective people. A talk about science in Africa.


Hey, look at that! I’m giving a talk tomorrow (Michael Smith Lecture Hall, Michael Smith Building, 12:30pm, Nov 15th). The line reads:

For the last five years, Dr. David Ng been involved in a project that aims to help with the rebuilding of science infrastructure in a country such as Nigeria in West Africa. This talk, therefore, is partly a travelogue and will hopefully show a perspective of science under challenging conditions, in a part of the world where poverty and inequity is sometimes so grossly real as to be surreal. It will attempt to show how privileged our own career paths are (be it as a student or a professor), and in doing so hopefully compel us to perhaps consider the things that we all can do to help to make a difference.

Hope to see some of you folks out there. Should be fun.

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David (@ng_dave) is Faculty at the Michael Smith Labs. His writing has appeared in places such as McSweeney's, The Walrus, and He plans on using Terry as another place to highlight the mostly science-y links he appreciates. In fact, if you liked this one, you might also like his main site generally - this can be found at

4 Responses to “It’s all about perspective people. A talk about science in Africa.”

  1. Churmy Fan

    And speaking of wierd contrasts. I’ve been to a place where there was no tap water system (they use river water) for half the families while the other half had DVD players and satellite dishes.

  2. Gwendolyn Echlin

    I unfortunately missed it… but as the president of the UBC Africa Network (an AMS club), I’m particularly sad that I didn’t hear about this event until after it occurred. I would love to have passed the information on to our listserve, which goes out to a large portion of the African community in the lower mainland, as well as to interested students and faculty, and to the other Africa-oriented clubs on campus.

    If you have another presentation on a related topic, and you happen to remember to think of us (I know, I know, there are dozens of listserves and you can’t remember them all), we would love to hear about it at ubcafricanetwork at gmail dot com. Shameless plug: this is also the email address to contact in order to join the listserve.

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