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Bob McDonald of CBC's Quirks and Quarks to speak at Trent University: January 18

Host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks since 1992 and one of Canada's best-known science journalists, Bob McDonald will speak at Trent University's Wenjack Theatre on January 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. McDonald, who last spoke at Trent in 2002, will share his experiences as a science journalist in Canada in his talk titled "Science as I've seen it". All are welcome to attend. There is no charge for admission.

Mr. McDonald's extensive background in science broadcasting includes numerous science documentaries for CBC Radio's Ideas series and location stories and investigative reports for CBC's As It Happens and Morningside. He has also produced, written and hosted over one hundred educational videos, written for the Globe and Mail, and before joining Quirks & Quarks he was the host of CBC Television's children's science program, Wonderstruck. He is also the author of two books based on the program, Wonderstruck I and Wonderstruck II.

Fall 2000 saw the release of Mr. McDonald's latest book, Measuring the Earth with a Stick: Science as I've Seen it. The book, which was short-listed for the Canadian Science Writers Association Book Award, is a collection of essays reflecting on his 25 years as a science journalist. He has shared in the dozens of prizes and awards bestowed upon Quirks & Quarks. He was also personally honoured for his contributions to the public awareness of science with the 2001 Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion, from NSERC, and the 2002 Sandford Fleming Medal from The Royal Canadian Institute. Mr. McDonald is also a weekly science commentator on Newsworld Morning, and science correspondent for CBC TV's The National. In February 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Guelph.

Posted January 10, 2005

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