Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University’s “Office for Science and Society” which has the mission of separating sense from nonsense. He is the recipient of numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public.
“Dr Joe” has hosted a radio show on science for forty years, "The Dr. Joe Show" on Montreal's CJAD. He has appeared hundreds of times on television, writes a regular newspaper column “The Right Chemistry” and is the author of eighteen best-sellers, some of which include Dr. Joe And What You Didn’t Know,” “The Fly In The Ointment” “Let Them Eat Flax” “An Apple A Day,” “Brain Fuel,” and “Science, Sense and Nonsense. His next book, “Science Goes Viral” is to be released in August.
He has been awarded honorary degrees by Athabasca University, Cape Breton University, the University of Windsor and Simon Fraser University. He was the first non-American ever to win the American Chemical Society’s prestigious Grady-Stack Award for demystifying chemistry, and in 2021 he was honoured with the Society of Chemical Industry’s Outreach Award.
Professor Schwarcz is also an amateur magician and often spices up his presentations with a little magic.
Aging: Fact and Fancy
Everybody wants to live long but nobody wants to get old. Can science solve this conundrum? What are we to make of claims which suggest that the secret of longevity lies in human growth hormone injections, or some dietary supplement? Can testosterone or estrogen keep us young? Can we live longer just by eating less? Are antioxidants like beta carotene or vitamin E the key to happy golden years? A look at the science behind these issues can be a real eye opener!