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Talks Available During 2018-2019

Dr. Ian Brown: Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology
Dr. Jenn Cole: Indigenous Artistic Activisms
Dr. Raymond Dart: TBC
Dr. Michael Fox: Fish and Fish Ecology
Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe: Optimal challenge, stress and goal setting: How students can make it work for them!
Dr. Daniel I. Harris: Are Robots People?
Mr. Matthew Hayes: Conspiracy Theory in the Age of Trump
Dr. Christopher Kyle: Wildlife DNA Forensics: Tracking Poaching, Trade in Endangered Species and Animal Attacks
Mr. Malcolm MacTaggart: Business 101 meets Ethical Business Management and Corporate Social Responsibility
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!
Dr. Michele Janet McIntosh: Nursing from the front lines
Dr. Dennis Murray: Being an ecologist is the most fascinating, rewarding, and important job there is, in my opinion
Ms. Ellen Olsen-Lynch: What to expect in your Academic Library
Dr. David Patton: Exoplanets
Dr. Rachel Wortis: Superconductivity
Encryption and quantum computing

 

 

Dr. Ian Brown: Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology

The talk will be focusing on grade 11 and 12 students who are taking the Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology course.  I could talk about careers in psychology ("So you want to be a psychologist?"), or adolescent mental health and well-being ("Check up from the neck up"), or a specific topic within clinical psychology (anxiety, depression, eating disorders, non-suicidal self-injury, etc.). I'm a clinical psychologist in private practice, and an adjunct professor in Trent's psychology department where I've taught for 26 years.  I was a school psychologist and chief psychologist in Scarborough, Peterborough, and Durham schools for 34 years.

Dr. Jenn Cole: Indigenous Artistic Activisms

This interactive, experiential talk takes students through performance and drawing exercises, on-their-toes media analysis and sincere sharing about who they are in relation to the lands, waters, and First Peoples of Turtle Island/the territory upon which they live. Indigenous ethics of giving space, respect and generosity drive positive discussion of Indigenous-settler histories, reconciliation, and contemporary Indigenous resurgence movements, as expressed through the arts.

Dr. Raymond Dart: TBC

Exciting university talk or how non-Business students get great jobs.
Fall Term only
*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.

Dr. Robyne Hanley-Dafoe: Optimal challenge, stress and goal setting: How students can make it work for them!

What do optimal challenge, stress and goal setting have to do with academic performance? According to the research – a lot! This fast paced, student-centred session will present the underlying theory behind these key concepts and help students develop strategies for how understanding stress and using goal theory 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 for over the past decade at Trent University and also holds the role of Senior Educational Developer for the Centre for Teaching and Learning. She is a former varsity athlete and anchors her teaching practices in the principles of optimal challenge, resilience, health and student experience. Robyne recently contributed her work to the TEDx Talk: Prediction and Resiliency: Finding the Shared Experience (TEDx St. Mary C.S. School).

Dr. Daniel I. Harris: Are Robots People?

Advances in robotics and artificial intelligence are encouraging philosophers to think about whether robots will ever be people.  Of course, robots won’t be human beings, but there are lots of things that aren’t human but that are still treated as legal persons in some contexts, such as corporations and non-human animals.  Let’s explore what makes a thing a person, and what gives a thing legal rights.

*Durham Region

Mr. Matthew Hayes: Conspiracy Theory in the Age of Trump

Conspiracy theories are everywhere today. But where do they come from and how do we know what to believe? This talk will give an overview of what conspiracy theories are and how we're to make sense of a "post-truth" world. Suitable for a range of classes, this talk will engage history, sociology, politics, and psychology, and provide concrete tips for how to assess the validity of ideas, particularly relevant in an online environment rife with "fake news."

Dr. Christopher Kyle: Wildlife DNA Forensics: Tracking Poaching, Trade in Endangered Species and Animal Attacks

Description: 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.

*Durham Region

Dr. Else Marie-Knudsen: Descriptions TBC

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!
*Durham Region

Dr. Michele Janet McIntosh: Nursing from the front lines

Despite the common perception of nurses as medical handmaidens, nurses have led cutting edge initiatives such as the establishment of safe injection sites, promoting safe drug use at raves, hospices for homeless people who are dying, medical testing for street associated persons, collaborating in sexual health initiatives that resulted in easier access of Plan B, an many others. 

Dr. Dennis Murray: Being an ecologist is the most fascinating, rewarding, and important job there is, in my opinion

I will review some of the major research projects that I have been involved in during the last 30 years, including predator-prey interactions in large mammals, the effects of climate change on moose ecology, conservation biology of endangered salamanders, and landscape protection in the boreal forest. Note that I can give a more focused talk on any of the individual topics, if preferred. The presentation will stress the importance of a thirst for knowledge, data collection in the field, collaboration with other researchers, and training the next generation of ecologists, as important components of being an ecologist. I will emphasize how ecological knowledge is critical to societal advancement.

Ms. Ellen Olsen-Lynch: What to expect in your Academic Library

"Harry Potter and The Philospher's Stone" to "Investigating the impact of media on demand for wildlife: A case study of Harry Potter and the UK trade in owls": What to expect in your Academic Library. This presentation will introduce students to the many types of resources and services they may encounter in a university or college library.  There will be a focus on the evolution of the scholarly article and we'll address the question, To Google or Not To Google? 

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. 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

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