Lawrence Millman's presentation Fungipedia and other Tales is now available to MST members to watch on the meetings video page.
A presentation on adventures in ethnomycology, ecology, music and fungi history. Lawrence Millman discusses how mushrooms are much more closely related to humans than to plants, how they engage in sex, how insects farm them, and how certain species happily dine on leftover radiation, cockroach antennae, and dung. He explores the lives of individuals like African American scientist George Washington Carver, Beatrix Potter, and Gordon Wasson, Millman considers why fungi are among the most significant organisms on our planet and how they are currently being affected by destructive human behavior, including climate change.
Author-mycologist Lawrence Millman has written 17 books, including such titles as Fascinating Fungi of New England, Last Places, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Lost in the Arctic, Giant Polypores & Stoned Reindeer, and — most recently — At the End of the World. He has done fungal inventories in places as diverse as Iceland, Honduras, Nunavik, Bermuda, Belize, Western Samoa, and Nantucket Island. In 2006, he found a polypore (Echinodontium ballouii) previously thought to be extinct. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
After the screening and Q&A, ArtSci Salon invites movie-goers to join them at Paupers Pub (across from the cinema) to continue the conversation.
And join the MST in partnership with ArtSci Salon for Fantastic Fungi Futures, an interdisciplinary discussion on November 29th. See https://myctor.org/uab for details.
Fantastic Fungi is a vivid journey into the mysterious subterranean world of mycelium and its fruit— the mushroom. A story that begins 3.5 billion years ago, fungi makes the soil that supports life, connecting vast systems of roots from plants and trees all over the planet, like an underground Internet. Through the eyes of renowned scientists and mycologists like Paul Stamets, best-selling authors Michael Pollan, Eugenia Bone, Andrew Weil and others, we experience the power, beauty and complexity of the fungi kingdom. The film is a blueprint for what connects all humanity and the natural world. There is much to learn from the mycelium network, and Fantastic Fungi is an inspiring place to begin the process of bringing us together as interconnected creators of our world.
The MST is proud to partner with the ArtSci Salon for this event.
Friday, November 29th, 6 – 8pm The Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences 222 College Street, Second Floor, Toronto Enter on College Street and take the stairs on the left to the second floor. Turn left at the top of the stairs.
This informal event will be accompanied by a popup exhibition with work created by local artists who have worked with a variety of fungi families.
Guest speakers include:
James Scott, PhD - ARMCCM Professor and Head Division of Occupational & Environmental Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
Marshall Tyler - Director of research Field Trip Health
Marshall is a scientist with a deep interest in psychoactive molecules. He spent his academic career at Cornell and Harvard, exploring the intersection of chemistry and biology in an attempt to unravel the molecular basis of neuropsychiatric disorders. He subsequently worked as a leading scientist at PLUS, one of the largest cannabis edibles manufacturers in California. His passion lies in guiding research to arrive at a deeper understanding of consciousness with the ultimate goal of enhancing wellbeing.
BSc in psychology from the University of Toronto and a MA in social psychology from York University. Rotem is currently a PhD student in York’s clinical psychology program. His main research interest is affect regulation, and the way it interacts with sustained attention, mind wandering, and creativity. Rotem is a founding member oft the Psychedelic Studies Research Program at the University of Toronto, has published work on microdosing, and presented original research findings on psychedelic research in several conferences. He feels strongly that the principles of Open Science are necessary in order to do good research, and is currently in the process of starting the first lab study of microdosing in Canada.
PhD student currently working out of the ROM (Royal Ontario Museum) from University of Punjab conducting DNA sequencing. Nourin is working to document and describe macrofungi from arid regions of Pakistan.
Ecology & Evolutionary Biology student researcher (UofT/ROM) using DNA-based methods to study the biodiversity of fungivorous insects.
During this workshop Tosca Teran introduces the amazing potential of Mycelium for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets in to safe, mini-Mycelium biolabs and leave the workshop with a live Mycelium planter/bowl form, as well as a wide array of possibilities of how they might work with this sustainable bio-material.
Mycelium= Essentially, the term mycelium is used to refer to the thread-like structures of fungi. Mycelium (plural mycelia) develops from the fungal hyphae. While mycelia plays an important role in reproduction (vegetative parts of fungi), they are also involved in the decomposition of organic matter, which makes them very important in nature. -Microscope Master
Tosca Teran, aka Nanotopia, is an Multi-disciplinary artist. Her work has been featured at SOFA New York, Culture Canada, and The Toronto Design Exchange. Tosca has been awarded artist residencies with The Ayatana Research Program in Ottawa and The Icelandic Visual Artists Association through Sím, Reykjavik Iceland and Nes artist residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. In 2019 she was one of the first Bio-Artists in residence at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre as part of the Alien Agencies Collective. A recipient of the 2019 BigCi Environmental Award at Wollemi National Park within the UNESCO World Heritage site in the Greater Blue Mountains. Tosca started collaborating artistically with Algae, Physarum polycephalum, and Mycelium in 2016, translating biodata from non-human organisms into music.