2017 Banff SciComm Faculty

Meet the faculty who will help you elevate your science presentation skills!

Dennis Cahill

Dennis Cahill is the Artistic Director and a founding member of The Loose Moose Theatre in Calgary, Alberta. He has developed, directed, and appeared in numerous productions over the past 39 years. Dennis is on Faculty at the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program and is a principal instructor at the International Improvisational School in Calgary. He has toured extensively, performing and teaching improvisation around the world. He has provided improvisation workshops for a wide range of groups and professions including actors, teachers, lawyers, journalism students, business consultants, sales people, bank employees, and Santa Clauses.

Trevor Day

Trevor Day holds a B.Sc. in Psychology (University of Calgary) and a Ph.D. in Respiratory Neurobiology (University of Calgary). He is currently an Associate Professor of Physiology at Mount Royal University, where he teaches courses in basic and applied physiology. His federally funded research program focuses on the integration between the heart, lungs, brain and kidneys in response to stressors (e.g., body position, sedentary behavior, high altitude). Previously, he worked as a lifeguard, CPR and first aid instructor, emergency medical technician and outdoor adventure and drama teacher for kids at summer camps. Trevor is also a musician, and has been combining his love of performing with his love of science, recently through developing live, science-music productions with his band and veteran science broadcaster Jay Ingram. One of their most recent collaborations is a 3-D visual and musical spectacle called “The Giant Walk Through Brain”, which was the winner of the 2014 Canadian Science Writers’ Association “Science in Society” award. They have been the house band for many Beakerhead events in Calgary.

Jay Ingram

Jay Ingram was co-host of “Daily Planet,” the hour-long prime-time science program on Discovery Channel, for 16 years. He has worked in almost every mass medium. He hosted CBC’s “Quirks and Quarks” for 12 years, was contributing editor to Owl magazine for five years, and wrote a weekly science column in The Toronto Star for 12 years. He is now involved in producing TV stories for Discovery Channel, writing and giving talks (some with a rock band). He has written 14 books, and received numerous accolades and awards for his outstanding contributions to the popularization of science. He has received five honorary degrees, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2009.

Mary Anne Moser

Mary Anne Moser has built a career where art, culture and science intersect. She has worked as a journalist, an award-winning designer and was the founding editor of Banff Centre Press. She started the Banff Science Communications Program in 2005, Canada’s Iron Science Teacher competition in 2007 and Beakerhead in 2012. She is the editor of two books on science in society: Immersed in Technology (MIT Press 1995) and Science, She Loves Me (Banff Centre Press 2011). She currently serves as President of Beakerhead, a major collaborative art, science and engineering spectacle. She holds a BSc in zoology and an interdisciplinary PhD.

Niki Wilson

Niki Wilson is science writer with a past life as a biologist. She grew up dodging bears in Jasper National Park, Canada, and has studied everything from mammoths to mountain pine beetle. She’s now traded the field for the computer screen, and writes about nature and the environment for publications like BBC Earth, Canadian Wildlife Magazine, Natural History Magazine, Canadian Geographic and Motherboard. When not writing, she looks for other creative ways to communicate science, whether it be producing and hosting science events, or working on documentaries. She lives with her husband, a biologist and conservation officer with Parks Canada, and their 12-year-old son. They once dissected an elk liver as a family, which taught them about both liver fluke ecology, and gag reflexes. Say hello at nikiwilson.com. She holds a BSc and a Masters in Environmental Design.