Posted on January 30, 2014 by Tia Lalani

Dr.Cheryl Bartlett, Augustana’s 2013 Distinguished Alumna, will present “Science in Story” “It’s a science journal,” the editor told me, “and therefore it’s not appropriate to thank your Mother, even if she really did allow you to conduct necropsies of birds on her kitchen table. Science isn’t about storytelling.” Ah, I thought, good thing I didn’t …

Dr.Cheryl Bartlett, Augustana’s 2013 Distinguished Alumna, will present “Science in Story”

cheryl_bartlett_large“It’s a science journal,” the editor told me, “and therefore it’s not appropriate to thank your Mother, even if she really did allow you to conduct necropsies of birds on her kitchen table. Science isn’t about storytelling.” Ah, I thought, good thing I didn’t also try to acknowledge the contributions made to my NSERC-funded science discoveries by the hundreds of lice crawling off those birds and then onto me.

Fast forward some 30 odd years and I’ve encouraged audiences across Canada to understand that “science is story; it’s dynamic, pattern-based knowledge shared through stories about our interactions with and within nature”.

So, how did I make the personal journey of transformation from accepting that “science isn’t about storytelling” to, as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Integrative Science and Professor of Biology, encouraging people to understand that “science is storytelling”? And, to advocating “Two-Eyed Seeing” as a guiding principle for transcultural and transdisciplinary science education, research, and application? And, why did I take early retirement, hot on the heels of having been appointed as a Member to the Order of Canada in recognition of my CRC work in conjunction with almost two decades of work with Mi’kmaq Elders in Nova Scotia (particularly Murdena and Albert Marshall of Eskasoni First Nation, Cape Breton)?

The answers are my story, my presentation.

Tuesday, February 25  |  12 noon  | Augustana Faith & Life Chapel
Lunch will be provided by the Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities (ACSRC)
This presentation is brought to you by the ACSRC and the Augustana Alumni Office.

PLEASE NOTE: This presentation has been moved from the Epp Conference Room to the Augustana Faith & Life Chapel.

RSVP to Deb @ olafson@ualberta.ca or 780-679-1626


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One response to 2013 Distinguished Alumni presents “Science in Story”

  • Don Pattie said:
    Feb 11, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Cheryl: First thank you for the invitation but since I learned enough from birds to go south during winter I will not be back
    to Alberta until April. I am so proud of the work you have done and hope you will continue to work to make the globe
    a better place for beasts and man. Congratulations Cheryl.. Don Pattie