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Talks Available During 2017-2018

Dr. Joel Baetz:
The Cost of Happiness
Graphic Fiction
Dr. Christopher Dummitt: Thinking Like a Historian
Dr. Michael Fox: Fish and Fish Ecology
Ms. Christine Freeman-Roth: How to Prepare for First-year University: You can do this!
Dr. Celine Gueguen: TBC
Dr. Jonathan Greene and Dr. Philip Giurlando: TBC
Ms. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe: Optimal challenge, stress and goal setting: Making it work for you!
Dr. Stephen Hill: Renewable Energy or Climate Politics
Mr. Malcolm MacTaggart: Business 101 meets Ethical Business Management and Corporate Social Responsibility
Dr. Amina Malik: Teams and Teamwork in organizations: Are you a team player?
Dr. Else Marie-Knudsen:
The Canadian Criminal Justice System: Do Prisons and Other Punishments Work? For What?
Academic Skills for University: What do you mean I have to learn how to read all over again?
Social Work: It might not be what you think it is!
Ms. Ellen Olsen-Lynch: Scholarly Communication and the Academic Library
Dr. James Onusko: The Serious Business of Play: Why Acting Your Age is Overrated
Dr. David Patton: Exoplanets
Dr. Raul Ponce-Hernandez:
Seeing the true colors:  the role of airborne and satellite sensors in sensing the environment
Location, location, location: Space-time compression by the marriage of multimedia technology to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for spatially-explicit information in real time
Dr. Aaron Slepkov: How is a Laser Different Than a Lightbulb? Perhaps it isn’t…
Dr. Rachel Wortis:
Superconductivity
Encryption and quantum computing
Dr. Robert Wright:  Don’t Panic: The Future is Bright

Dr. Joel Baetz:

The Cost of Happiness

In this interactive lecture, I talk about the latest research on the relationship between money and happiness -- and we try to answer that age-old question, "Can money really buy you happiness?"
*Durham Region

Graphic Fiction

Comics aren't just for kids anymore -- and in truth they never were. In this interactive lecture, I introduce students to the long and weird history of comic books, and encourage a new understanding (really, a new way of seeing) comics and their relationships with social and political cultures.
*Durham Region

Dr. Christopher Dummitt: Thinking Like a Historian

Everyone thinks about the past, but not everyone thinks like a historian.  When historians look at old documents or photographs, we ask certain kinds of questions. We’re suspicious but also empathetic. We’re curious but not gullible. To study history well means adopting a whole different mindset. This talk will guide you through one document as a way to entering the bizarre but useful mindset of those who study the past for a living.
*Peterborough area

Dr. Michael Fox: Fish and Fish Ecology

The topic of this talk is flexible, and suitable for any age group. Some possible topics are
- Aquatic invasive species: What makes a species invasive in an aquatic environment? Why should we be concerned about them? What are some of the main species of concern in central Canada? What can be done about them?
- Freshwater fishes and their adaptations: What are some of the dominant fish species in our area? How do they differ in body type? What do they eat and how are they adapted to catch their prey? How are fishes different from warm-blooded animals like birds and mammals? How can we sample them? Dr. Fox is with the School of the Environment and the Department of Biology.

Ms. Christine Freeman-Roth: How to Prepare for First-year University: You can do this!

In this presentation, Christine will provide an overview of what a student can expect when making the transition from high school to university/college and she’ll offer some insight about how students can best prepare for that transition and make the most of their first-year experience. She also provides an overview of really useful resources (from health and wellness to academic skills and careers) available to students in post-secondary institutions to help them balance their emotional, physical and academic needs.
*Peterborough area

Dr. Celine Gueguen: TBC

TBC


Dr. Jonathan Greene and Dr. Philip Giurlando: TBC

TBC


Ms. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe:Optimal challenge, stress and goal setting: Making it work for you!

What do optimal challenge, stress and goal setting have to do with academic performance? According to the research – a lot! This fast paced, interactive session will present the underlying theory behind these key concepts and help students develop strategies for how this understanding can lead to improved performance both in and outside the classroom. This talk is well suited for students in all grades and for teachers interested in helping students foster their internal motivation and forward thinking. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe is an award winning Psychology and Education Instructor who has taught 50 + courses over the past decade at Trent University.  She is a former varsity athlete and anchors her teaching practices in the principles of optimal challenge, resilience, health and wellness. Robyne recently contributed her work to the TEDx Talk: Prediction and Resiliency: Finding the Shared Experience (TEDx St. Mary C.S. School).

Dr. Stephen Hill: Renewable Energy or Climate Politics

TBC


Mr. Malcolm MacTaggart: Business 101 meets Ethical Business Management and Corporate Social Responsibility

This talk includes a 50,000 foot view of business management. Incorporating a mock lecture to give students some experience with the lecture environment, this talk weaves throughout the issues and importance of ethics and corporate social responsibility. Mr. MacTaggart is from the Trent University Durham campus.

Dr. Amina Malik: Teams and Teamwork in organizations: Are you a team player?

There is a little doubt that teamwork plays a crucial in the success of any organization in this competitive environment. Even for individuals to be successful in their careers, they are expected to be a team player and to collaborate with others in teams. This talk will discuss some of the challenges of working in teams as well explore opportunities for students to enhance their team building skills for their successful career ahead.
*Durham Region

Dr. Else Marie-Knudsen:
The Canadian Criminal Justice System: Do Prisons and Other Punishments Work? For What?
Academic Skills for University: What do you mean I have to learn how to read all over again?
Social Work: It might not be what you think it is!

Descriptions TBC
*Durham Region


Ms. Ellen Olsen-Lynch: Scholarly Communication and the Academic Library

TBC
*Peterborough area and Durham Region


Dr. James Onusko: The Serious Business of Play: Why Acting Your Age is Overrated

Dr. Onusko provides an interactive talk on why young people should not abandon play as they age. As teenagers make the transition to adulthood they are often told that they must leave behind much of what has defined their childhoods. Building on Nietzche’s premise that “Play is the highest form of human activity,” James explores play in historical context, examines some of its meanings and forms, and advocates for the benefits of play at all ages. James holds a PhD in Canadian Studies and is an Assistant Professor at Trent University. He has taught in the Canadian Studies, History, Political Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies departments. His main research focus is the study of childhood and youth.
*Peterborough area


Dr. David Patton: Exoplanets

In recent years, astronomers have discovered thousands of planets in orbit around other stars, including some which are similar in size to the Earth. I will review some of these exoplanet discoveries, with a focus on planets which may be suitable for life. This talk is most suitable for high school students, and available in the Peterborough area. Dr. Patton is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
*Peterborough area


Dr. Raul Ponce-Hernandez:
                                              
Seeing the true colors:  the role of airborne and satellite sensors in sensing the environment

Visible light (energy ) detected with human eyes is only a very small fraction of the spectra of sun’s energy reflected by objects on the ground.  A large part of the energy reflected requires special sensors that allow us to detect phenomena that is not perceptible to the naked eye.   For large areas, we make this possible by outfitting airplanes, Satellites and lately “drones” with such sensors. The applications of sensed images of vegetation and soil in detecting the conditions and trends of change in the environment are both very rich and very promising.

Location, location, location:  Space-time compression by the marriage of multimedia technology to Geographical Information Systems(GIS) for spatially-explicit information in real time

The explosion of multimedia platforms and their portability (cell phones, tablets, etc.) has enable the possibility of real-time data processing by Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Software Analytics in what is understood as the compression of space and time.  GIS analytics has made possible the analysis and monitoring of spatially-dependent phenomena (e.g. votes being casted in a district,  incidence of crime in a city,  the distribution of extreme weather phenomena ) in real time.


Dr. Aaron Slepkov: How is a Laser Different Than a Lightbulb? Perhaps it isn’t…

Lasers have been around for the last fifty years, and their uses and applications are ever expanding. Most people have the notion that laser light is somehow special and certainly different than lightbulb- or candle-light. Is it? Dr. Slepkov's talk focuses on the current everyday applications of lasers and discusses when a laser could be replaced by a different (perhaps less expensive) light source. The talk is appropriate for grades 6 through 12. Dr. Slepkov is with the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and is a Canada Research Chair in the Physics of Biomaterials.
*Peterborough area


Dr. Rachel Wortis:

Superconductivity

What is superconductivity and why does it happen?  This will include physics concepts related to resistivity and magnetism, as well as a demonstration of superconductivity and remarks on applications. Dr. Wortis is a physicist and she studies electronic properties of materials.  The presentation can be in English or French.
*Peterborough area

Encryption and quantum computing

What is public key encryption and why will quantum computers be a paradigm shift?  We’ll play a game in which students play the roles of banker, patron and spy to demonstrate how a secret key can be sent over a public channel using the math concepts of prime numbers and modular arithmetic.  We’ll also address what a quantum computer is, how it differs from a classical one and why that matters for banks. Dr. Wortis is a physicist and she studies electronic properties of materials.  The presentation can be in English or French.
*Peterborough area


Dr. Robert Wright:  Don’t Panic: The Future is Bright

This talk explores the pervasiveness in modern culture of "future shock," with an emphasis on climate, artificial intelligence, terrorism and war, and human-development indicators.  It is designed to encourage students to think critically about the media-induced alarmism of our times.
*Durham Region

 

 

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