Speakers Bureau 2019-2020 topics

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AreaTopicDescriptionPresenterRoleDepartment
Animal and PlantsButterflies of Southern Vancouver Island ǂ (M S) NEWI have done research on butterflies of the Greater Victoria region, and as such am prepared to provide a presentation which will discuss: 1) butterfly diversity on Vancouver Island and BC, 2) butterfly morphology and life cycle, 3) habitat and food plants requirements, 4) current threats to butterflies, 5) how to perform butterfly surveys, and 5) ecological restoration of butterfly meadows. This presentation will provide pictures and example from a real case study which examined the habitat restoration of a local and critically imperilled butterfly (the Vancouver Island Ringlet). Although this lecture is better suited for an older audience (high school and above), I can also adapt it and make it engaging for younger students.Voicescu, Ms. SoniaGraduate StudentDepartment of Environmental Studies
Business and EconomicsDoing Well by Doing Good: Business as an Instrument for Doing Good in Society (in English and Hindi) (S) NEWThis presentation is aimed at kindling interest in business among young minds, and will highlight the increasing entrepreneurial opportunities that stemming from addressing society’s pressing challenges through for-profit social enterprises.Chittoor, Dr. RaveendraAssociate Professor and Research ChairStrategy and International Business
Business and EconomicsIntercultural Competence for Work and Life (in English or Spanish (S)Flores, Dr. RicardoAssistant ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsInstitutional Leadership: Promoting Your Values and Improving Your Community (in English or Spanish) (S)Flores, Dr. RicardoAssistant ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsGlobalization and You (in English or Spanish) (S)Flores, Dr. RicardoAssistant ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsCollaborative CreativityTwo English grads, a biochemistry alum, and a paleontologist walked into a bar…and created a series of linked novellas. Each author writes alone, but all of the tales have to work together—just like this team. The tactics can work for any creative collaboration: a quilting bee, a potluck party, or a theatre production. In Collaborative Creativity, we talk about the process from brainstorming through assessing risks, from setting deadlines to dealing with fallout if they get missed, and most importantly, how to keep it fun.Goldsworthy, Ms. RachelAwards FacilitatorDepartment of Vice President Research
Business and EconomicsSustainable Value Management Along the Supply Chain (in English, French or Arabic) (M S) NEWGuitouni, Dr. AdelAssociate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsNew Trends in Supply Chain Management (in English, French or Arabic) (M S) NEWGuitouni, Dr. AdelAssociate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsInclusive Decision-making (in English, French or Arabic) (M S) NEWGuitouni, Dr. AdelAssociate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsCross-cultural Management: Managing Diversity (in English or Korean) (S)This presentation discusses how to manage cultural diversity: culture clash, cross-cultural communication and negotiation, culture shock and living and working overseas.Nam, Dr. Sang H.Associate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsOrganizational Behaviour: How to Manage People (in English or Korean) (S)This presentation discusses how to manage people effectively within an organization: motivation, leadership, teamwork, and conflict management.Nam, Dr. Sang H.Associate ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsOrganizational Culture Management: How Organizations Can Create, Maintain, Change and Diagnose their Organizations' Cultures (S)There is a widespread interest in managing organizational cultures. This presentation introduces participants to the the essential dynamics of organizational culture, discussing how organizational cultures are (and can be) created, maintained, changed and diagnosed. Its aim is to equip leaders to be able to influence these dynamics to drive change within their organizations.Pek, Dr. SimonAssistant ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsEconomic Development in Rural Communities: Small Businesses and EntrepreneurshipRural entrepreneurship presents both opportunities and challenges to small business owners. They can often leverage the uniqueness of their location to create tourism, hospitality, and culinary business. At the same time, these business face challenges around getting their product to market and accessing typical business infrastructure and qualified staff.Siemens, Dr. LynneAssociate ProfessorSchool of Public Administration
Business and EconomicsLabour Relations in Canada NEWThornicroft, Dr. KennethProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsGoal-setting and Performance ManagementThis lecture/workshop is designed to help organizations integrate goal setting with leadership and management techniques to enhance the motivation and performance of their members.Wikkramatileke, Dr. RhordonInstructor and Curriculum DeveloperDivision of Continuing Studies
Business and EconomicsProfessional SalesThis lecture/workshop discusses the competencies associated with professional sales in this day and age.Wikkramatileke, Dr. RhordonInstructor and Curriculum DeveloperDivision of Continuing Studies
Business and EconomicsUniversity Athletics, Academics and the Challenge of Congruence (in English or French) (S)Wolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsWest Meets East: Sport as a Lens for Enlightening, Balancing and Transcending (in English or French) (S)Wolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsSport and Economics: Exploring Research Synergy (in English or French) (S)Wolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsUnderstanding Innovation in Organizations: Using Sport as a Lens (in English or French) (S)Wolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Business and EconomicsSport Analytics: Limitations and Promise (in English or French) (S)Wolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Child and Teen DevelopmentPromoting Healthy Living for Children through Self-regulation and Emotion Regulation“Father pleads for the arrest of uncontrollable son,” “Public pressure grows to try teenager as adult in brutal attack on senior,” “Child threatens father with knife.” These news headlines illustrate the increasing challenges faced by parents and educators in supporting the ability of children to self-regulate their emotions. What do parents and pre-school educators say? This presentation examines how 150 parents and 15 pre-school educators defined self-regulation and emotion regulation, explained how self-regulation and emotion regulation are acquired, and explored their roles as caregivers in this process. They also identified how self-regulation and emotion regulation in the pre-school years can support the transition from pre-school to the primary years.Boyer, Dr. WandaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Child and Teen DevelopmentChildhood Stress (E M)This talk looks at types and sources of childhood stress and suggests ways that parents and teachers can help reduce this stress.Dyson, Dr. LilyProfessor EmeritaDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Child and Teen DevelopmentParenting Young Children: Preschool and Early Elementary School Age (E M)This presentation talks about the needs of young children and how parents, teachers and child care professionals can help promote their social development.Dyson, Dr. LilyProfessor EmeritaDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Child and Teen DevelopmentChildren and Nature: What are the Benefits of Outdoor Play? (S)There’s increasing concern about the decline of outdoor play by children, and the potentially negative effect of this decline on their attention and attitudes toward nature. It’s argued that the decline in outdoor play leads to an overall disconnection from nature— termed nature deficit disorder. This talk summarizes empirical research on this issue.Mueller, Dr. UlrichChair and ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Child and Teen DevelopmentIs Play Important for Development? (S)Play is a universal phenomenon that can be found among children around the world. There are different types of play, ranging from physical, rough-and-tumble play to symbolic play with others. Research has shown that different types of play promote development. This talk reviews the research and discusses ways that play can be used in educational and clinical practice with children.Mueller, Dr. UlrichChair and ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Child and Teen DevelopmentThe UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Possibilities and Promise (E M S)This session explores the power and potential of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child for changing schooling.Price, Dr. Jason M.C.Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Child and Teen DevelopmentIndigenous Literature for Young Readers (in English or Spanish) (E M S)This presentation offers examples of resources that can be used with young readers to introduce them to Indigenous worldviews, spirituality, beliefs, and ways of being.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Child and Teen DevelopmentElectronic Media and Young Children: Positive and Negative Effects on Development (S)Electronic media are ubiquitous in children’s lives. This presentation discusses what goes on in children’s minds when they are exposed to electronic media. It explores research on how child comprehension of messages conveyed by electronic media changes with age. And it summarizes what research tells us about the positive and negative effects of traditional media such as TV, as well as new media such as iPads, on a variety of aspects of child functioning, including language development, attention and social skills.Mueller, Dr. UlrichChair and ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Child and Teen DevelopmentDigital Hygiene in the Early Years (E M S) NEWBy the time your child reaches middle school, they will pretty much have access to everything somewhere and somehow. In this session, parents, teachers, and caregivers of young children can explore the ways to address the use of technology in the home, around children, and by children.Irvine, Dr. ValerieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Child and Teen DevelopmentLearning in an Open and Connected World (E M S) NEWIn this session, youth or adults are introduced to strategies for using social media for developing a personal learning network, and using task-management software for organization around their learning workflow, including curation of resources. We also discuss the importance of data ownership and how to develop a positive digital footprint via creation of a personal portfolio.Irvine, Dr. ValerieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyBuilding A Human-Robot Network for Large-scale Environmental Monitoring ǂ (S) NEWCollaborative human-robot networks offer an alternative approach to improving large-scale environmental monitoring while reducing human effort. A unified framework that incorporates human intelligence in the control can help the robot swarms make critical decisions and adapt their behaviors in response to dynamically changing task demands.Yang, Mr. YuanGraduate StudentDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyDigital Rights, Responsibilities and Opportunities (E M S) NEWThis session can be modified for various audiences, including students, parents, teachers or administrators. We will review the strategies for engagement online and both the positive and negative aspects of sharing openly. We will discuss important topics such as consent, data ownership and digital footprint, as well as tips and management tools for successful engagement online.Irvine, Dr. ValerieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyInformation Accountability: Taking Responsibility for Digital Sharing and Publishing (S) NEWNOTE: This distance-based virtual presentation requires technical support, as the presenter is based outside of Canada. He is an expert in the fields of information accountability, health information privacy and security, cybersecurity and healthcare information technology.Sahama, Dr. TonyAdjunct Associate ProfessorSchool of Health Information Science
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyHow To Spot and Avoid Phishing Emails (S)Bassi, Mr. NavDirectorAcademic Services and Administrative Services
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyPersonal Cybersecurity Tips: Reducing Your Risks (S)Bassi, Mr. NavDirectorAcademic Services and Administrative Services
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyOwn Your Inbox: Email Management Tips (S)Bassi, Mr. NavDirectorAcademic Services and Administrative Services
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyArtificial-intelligence-based Electric Vehicle Motor Health Monitoring (in English and Tamil) (M S) NEWBy attending this presentation, participants will be able to: (a) value the need for electric vehicle motor health monitoring, (b) appreciate the benefits of electric vehicle motor condition monitoring, (c) realize the challenges associated with real time motor health monitoring, and (d) learn about one specific technique that could be used for non-invasive condition monitoring.Chelvan, Dr. Ilamparithi T.Assistant Teaching Professor (Limited Term)Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyBenefits of Distributed Generation for the Community (in English and Tamil) (M S) NEWBy attending this presentation, participants will: (a) learn what distributed generation is, (b) understand how distributed generation works, (c) be aware of the benefits of distributed generation, and (d) learn about ways to be a part of distributed generation.Chelvan, Dr. Ilamparithi T.Assistant Teaching Professor (Limited Term)Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyDigital Citizenship (S)Digital citizenship goes beyond simply using the internet —technology needs to be used to create, share, tag, comment and contribute to the online world in positive ways to leave a digital footprint that you can live with. Learn the elements of digital citizenship and how you can be a good digital citizen.Croft, Ms. HeatherWeb and Communications CoordinatorOffice of the Registrar
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyWhy Did the Computer Do That? Explaining Software in a Probabilistic World (E M S)I talk about the role software plays in every system that touches our lives. This covers social network software like Facebook, but also software that is making decisions about driving cars, prescribing medicine and recommending hires.Ernst, Prof. NeilAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyNotebook-based Data Science with Jupyter Notebooks (E M S)This presentation focuses on using modern lab notebooks to do data science and analysis, specifically using Jupyter notebooks.Ernst, Prof. NeilAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
Computers, Engineering and TechnologySustainable Construction Materials and Technologies (in English or Hindi) (M)This speaker’s current research is focused on cement-based composites containing sustainable construction materials and fibres. His areas of interest include masonry structures, and structural health monitoring using non-destructive techniques such as drones.Gupta, Dr. RishiAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyRobot Butlers: is this the Future of Assistive Technology?Livingston, Dr. NigelProfessorSchool of Public Health and Social Policy
Computers, Engineering and TechnologySmartphones and Tablets: Educational Distractions or Homework Tools and Bicycles for the Mind? (M S)Can smartphones and tablets be more than distractions and actually help with homework and be more productive? This session will look at different strategies to reduce social media distractions, and at apps that can help turn smartphones into serious productivity, research, and homework tools. The talk is aimed at non-technical users.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator and Educational TechnologistLibraries, Systems Services
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyCreating a Digital Edition Using WordPress ǂ (S)With the growing interdisciplinary study of digital humanities, manipulating and presenting texts online is a growing practice. This graduate student speaker offers two different formats for her topic: as a presentation of the content in her own digital text, or as a tutorial for creating a digital edition on WordPress. A content-based presentation would run similar to a guest-lecture with opportunities for audience interaction. A tutorial-based presentation would run as a workshop where the audience is guided in assembling their own literary editions. This would require Internet access, computer access, and at least two hours of time.Seatter, Ms. LindseyGraduate StudentDepartment of English
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyA Global Perspective on eHealth Platforms—Meeting Citizen and Health System Needs (in English or German)NOTE: This distance-based virtual presentation requires technical support, as the presenter is based outside of Canada. Most people can look forward to long, mostly healthy lives. This is perhaps the most significant achievement of modern civilization. In the wider context of aging societies, medical innovations and recent health and disease trends show health care costs are rising. Around the globe, national health systems are setting new policy priorities—where digital systems play a dominant role. This presentation offers a review of global good eHealth practice and national eHealth platforms on five continents, putting Canadian achievements into perspective and helping us learn for the future.Stroetmann, Dr. Karl A.Adjunct Assistant ProfessorSchool of Health Information Science
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyResilient: Social Media Use in Disasters ǂ NEWDisasters are becoming a regular occurrence in society today and social media has the potential to contribute to our overall resilience as individuals and a community. This presentation explores the current and potential use of social media throughout the disaster life cycle: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.Tracey, Ms. ShannonGraduate StudentInterdisciplinary Academic Programs: Social Dimensions of Health
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyModelling Paradigms for Computer Animation NEWIn computer graphics, implicit modelling is a way of representing objects using something akin to 3D contours. The applications to modern computer animation make this a very effective way of describing both smooth shapes and sharp edges. Contact between models is efficient to find facilitating deformations such as skinning for animation.Wyvill, Prof. BrianAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyTelepresence Robots for Increasing Accessibility (E M S) NEWTelepresence robots are often joked about in popular culture, but they support human rights by enabling access for learners with accessibility needs to be able to participate in face-to-face classes they might otherwise be excluded from. Approximately half of all citizens with a disability do not have lower limb mobility issues and therefore the cement ramp does nothing for them. In this session, we will explore expanding the idea of building code to network code and share stories of access by telepresence robot, or what we call “cyberproxy” on the UVic campus. Irvine, Dr. ValerieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Computers, Engineering and TechnologyTechnologies for Community Engagement: Development of a Federation of Learning Journeys(E M S) NEWIn this session we will discuss the use of open source tools such as Wordpress and other social media for building a community—along with the technologies that can be used to create, consume, organize and aggregate diverse voices, while supporting personal ownership of data.Irvine, Dr. ValerieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Cultures Around the WorldSports as Cultural Practice: Taking an Anthropological Approach (in English or French) (S)While sport increasingly participates in the process of globalization, it nonetheless has a history and culturally specific differences which contradict universalizing conceptions of human behaviour such as those of game theory. Anthropology has shown a different way of understanding this behaviour, and sports is an ideal ground to examine such questions.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
Cultures Around the WorldIndigenous Latin America (in English, Spanish, German) (E M S)Introduction to Indigenous Peoples in Latin America, ethnic groups, geography, languages, and current globally relevant issues. Depending on the audience’s wishes we can focus on certain countries (Bolivia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, etc.) or specific topics (e.g. decolonization, education, social movements and justice, the environment).McBee, Dr. GabrielaSessional InstructorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Cultures Around the WorldWashoku: Japanese Food Culture (in English or Japanese)Poulton, Dr. CodyProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
Cultures Around the WorldMexico’s Day of the Dead (M S)The fascinating celebration of the “Day of the Dead” is explored in this talk. Includes slides of preparations and the beautiful altars that are created to remember those who have passed away.Stewart, Prof. RosaTeaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Cultures Around the WorldThe Story of an African (Women's) Farm (M S)This highly illustrated talk tells the story of an inspiring farm set up during a food crisis in the early 1990s and its ongoing contributions to women's lives and their community in South Africa.Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldFood Sovereignty and Sustainability: South African Case Studies (M S)Food Sovereignty and Sustainability discusses these concepts, and then uses two South African collaborative farms as examples of how local, small-scale agriculture can change lives and communities.Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldMicro-managing: Household Economies in Southern Africa (M S)‘Micro-managing’ examines how 'the poorest of the poor' carefully manage and amplify scarce resources and diversify activities to support themselves and their families. Households in rural South Africa serve as case studies.  Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldThe Thinking Garden: A Film About an Inspiring South African Women's Farm (M S)The Thinking Garden. The writer-producer presents this award-winning, inspiring documentary about a South African women's cooperative farm, 35 minutes [2017].Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Cultures Around the WorldWhy is Africa Poor and Food-insecure (and is it)? (M S)This highly illustrated talk looks at historical and contemporary factors shaping the ongoing challenges of sub-Saharan Africa, queries standard narratives, and considers some little-discussed success stories.Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Earth and OceansPacific Storm Types and TracksWhat are the types of Pacific storms? Where do they form, where do they travel, and why do they move as they do? Why do we have more storms in winter than in summer? How do El Niño/La Niña affect them?Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth and OceansHow Storms Impact the CoastsHow do storms affect the ocean and impact the coast? How does the nature of the coast—water depth, type of beach material, coast shape—affect how a storm can cause impact? How do features like sandbars and rip-currents work? Why there are bigger waves in winter?Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth and OceansField Research in the ArcticThe Canadian high Arctic is a place most people have never seen. In this photo tour, you’ll see what the it looks like—landforms, animals and some of the research taking place there.Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth and OceansThe Coastal Regions of Alaska and the ArcticThis presentation gives an overview of the Alaskan and Arctic coastal regions, including who lives there, what the land/coast is like, how important sea ice is, how climate change is manifesting itself in these areas, and new threats/opportunities from oil/gas development and the Northwest Passage opening.Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth and OceansWeather Stations in the Icefields of the RockiesThis presentation includes an overview of how 10-metre weather towers were installed on the Columbia Icefield near Jasper and Banff, and an icefield in Nahanni National Park Reserve in the NWT. See examples of data and photos sent back from the stations, and learn about some of the problems with this sort of science.Atkinson, Dr. DavidAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Earth and OceansThe Fukushima Disaster and Radiation in the Pacific Ocean: What Does It Mean for BC? (M S)The mega-thrust earthquake in March 2011 off the coast of Japan and the subsequent tsunami led to globally significant releases of radioactive elements from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant. In this presentation, the radioactive releases, transport from Fukushima and expected maximum concentrations on the west coast of North America are discussed in light of naturally occurring radioactivity and historic releases of radioactive elements from human activities. Ongoing monitoring efforts and likely impacts on environmental and public health are also discussed.Cullen, Dr. JayAssociate ProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Earth and OceansOcean Networks Canada: Operating the World’s Leading Ocean Observatories (M S)Starting with the installation of VENUS in the Salish Sea in 2006, NEPTUNE in the northeast Pacific in 2009, and the Cambridge Bay Observatory in the Arctic in 2012, UVic’s Ocean Networks Canada is the world leader in the design, operations and innovation associated with advanced ocean observatory systems. Observing sensors are installed across a wide range of marine environments, from near the Fraser River out to the Endeavour Hot Vents in the open ocean. The presentation provides a broad overview of the observatories and the pure and applied science they support.Dewey, Dr. RichardAssociate Director, Science ServicesOcean Networks Canada
Earth and OceansRecent Warm Anomalies in the Ocean: The Blob and Links to Climate Change (M S) NEWIn late 2013 the Northeast Pacific Ocean gradually warmed relative to our historic records. By February 2014, a patch of over a thousand square kilometers and 100 metres deep was nearly three degrees Celsius warmer than usual. The effects of this “blob” were experienced across North America, and lingered in the coastal waters of the Salish Sea for nearly three years. This presentation will review the causes and consequences of this event, and suggest possible links to climate shifts in the entire northern hemisphere, including the role of the significant changes occurring in the Arctic.Dewey, Dr. RichardAssociate Director, Science ServicesOcean Networks Canada
Earth and OceansOcean Acidification Around Vancouver Island, and its Potential Impact on Pteropods ǂ (M S)Human activity is causing the ocean to become more acidic, and researchers around the world are racing to understand the current and future impacts on marine life. This process, known as ocean acidification (OA), is making it more difficult for marine organisms to build their shells or skeletons out of calcium carbonate. One important shell-building organism is the pteropod, Limacina helicina. Commonly called "sea butterflies", pteropods are a group of marine snails that swim using two "wings". These tiny snails are important for ecosystems because they are a major food source for other organisms, including pink salmon. Studies have indicated that pteropods may be negatively impacted by ocean acidification dissolving their shells. If pteropods disappeared, the effects would be seen throughout the food web. This lecture distills the chemistry of OA into an easy-to-understand format, explains how OA is affecting organisms, and describes my current OA research on pteropods around Vancouver Island. It also highlights potential solutions, including what you can do to help with this problem.Miller, Mr. Matthew RayGraduate StudentSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Earth and OceansMicroplastics in the Vancouver Island Marine Environment ǂ (M S)Microplastics have now reached every part of the ocean, from the Arctic to Antarctic waters and sea ice, down to deep-sea sediments. Researchers are increasingly concerned about the impacts of this "structural pollutant" on marine ecosystems. A growing number of studies show that impacts on organisms can be variable, but little is known about the potential health effects of microplastics on humans. This lecture will give a broad overview of the issue, including highlighting what is known to date and what people can do to help. It will also explain my previous research on microplastic levels in oysters cultured around Vancouver Island, and put this into context with other types of food stuffs and pathways of human microplastic exposure.Miller, Mr. Matthew RayGraduate StudentSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Earth and OceansHot, Sour and Breathless: Oceans Under Stress (in English or Mandarin) (M S)The global ocean is under stress from warming, acidification and oxygen declines. Why are these changes happening and what impacts can we expect? This talk outlines these three interrelated stressors, examining impacts and actions we can take to counteract them.Owens, Mr. DwightUser Engagement OfficerOcean Networks Canada
Earth and OceansLife Below Water: the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14 (in English or Mandarin) (M S)The world’s oceans—their temperature, chemistry, currents and life—make the Earth habitable for humankind. How we manage this vital resource is essential for humanity as a whole. The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to protect the planet, end poverty and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. Goal 14, Life Below Water, strives to sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems from pollution, as well as address the impacts of ocean acidification. This talk introduces the goal and how we can all help achieve it.Owens, Mr. DwightUser Engagement OfficerOcean Networks Canada
Earth and OceansSea of Plastic: Trash in our Oceans (in English or Mandarin) (M S)From urban shorelines, to isolated atolls, to the deepest recesses of the abyss, discarded plastics and trash can now be found throughout our oceans. This talk outlines the extent of this problem and explores what can be done to clean up our mess.Owens, Mr. DwightUser Engagement OfficerOcean Networks Canada
Earth and OceansMarine Phytoplankton: Diversity, Ecology and Ecosystem Services in Changing Oceans ǂ (E M S)Marine phytoplankton are ubiquitous, microscopic organisms that are the base of marine food webs, capture climate-warming carbon dioxide gas, and are responsible for producing half the oxygen we breath. One particular group of phytoplankton, the diatoms, are especially common on the West Coast of British Columbia, and their importance in ecosystems and to the planet cannot be understated. This presentation will introduce students to the different types of phytoplankton, their diversity and examples of unique features, roles in local and global systems, and how climate change is affecting these organisms. In addition to a presentation, opportunities for hands-on artistic and engineering projects, games, and microscope activities are available. The topic can also be expanded to include zooplankton and more advanced discussions on climate, ocean acidification and the biological carbon pump.Wyatt, Mr. SheaGraduate StudentDepartment of Biology
Education in the SchoolsSelf-Regulation in Schools: A Practical Check-Up and Professional Check-In ǂ NEWFor any educator on a self-regulation journey. Explore your current practice, your long-term goals, and find some comraderie with other educators who are learning and growing their self-regulation skills and resiliency. Let’s take the pulse on your practice, examine your process, and share challenges as we move toward reframing and re-vision.Harvey, Ms. LyndzeGraduate StudentDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education in the SchoolsPractical Strategies for Supporting English-as-an-Additional-Language Students NEWThis session will consider pedagogical challenges from the perspective of students of English-as-an-additional-language (EAL). In particular, it will illustrate the salient linguistic features of a chosen source language, in this case Chinese, as an example of the potential communication challenges faced by students in order to help raise attendees’ awareness about students’ own communication preferences. It will then explore practical strategies as informed by teaching, research, and practice for supporting international EAL students with the goal of dispelling commonly held misperceptions that may undermine learning and outcomes.Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Education in the SchoolsFlipping the Classroom: A Powerful Teaching Tool, But Not a Panacea (M S)Adopting a flipped classroom approach can free up valuable in-class time by using videos and exercises that students watch and complete as homework, or “pre-work." This allows teachers to more easily differentiate their instruction and lets students learn at their own pace. This talk includes an overview of the flipped learning model, a demonstration of one approach to flipping a classroom, and discussion of where flipped learning does and doesn’t work well—along with equity issues to keep in mind when implementing.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator and Educational TechnologistLibraries, Systems Services
Education in the SchoolsIs Educational Technology Worth the Investment? (M S)Are new educational technologies more effective in helping students achieve learning objectives than the old technologies they replace? This interactive talk explores the intersection of educational technology and teaching methods, looking at the relative effectiveness of educational technology tools such as: MOOC’s, digital textbooks, clickers, flipped classrooms, streaming video lectures, PowerPoint, mobile learning, Google Drive, virtual labs, and learning management systems (LMS). Participants leave with a better understanding of how to assess the value of educational technology and teaching method pairings.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator and Educational TechnologistLibraries, Systems Services
Education in the SchoolsWeb of Performance: How Performance Literacy Empowers 21st-Century Youth (S)Performance studies offers young people opportunities to develop their performance literacy through the investigation of performance as a form of play, ritual, healing, education, identity, power and everyday life. Based on a recent nationally-funded grant, this talk introduces a new curriculum in performance studies for youth 16-20.Prendergast, Dr. MonicaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education in the SchoolsStaging the Not-Yet: How Dramatic Ensembles are Enacting Micro-utopian Visions (S)Utopian philosophy offers new ways to think about what can happen in a dramatic ensemble. This can be a creative and collaborative space in which young people and their teachers can experience fleeting glimpses of more hopeful ways of being and doing through collective performance creation.Prendergast, Dr. MonicaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education in the SchoolsIndigenous Arts in the Classroom: A Hands-On Presentation (in English or Spanish) (E M S)This is a hands-on presentation using diverse art forms.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Education in the SchoolsHow to Survive and Thrive in First-year University (S)Designed for Grade 12 students contemplating the tradition to university, this talk identifies the habits of successful students, ranging from study skills to sleep habits. Learn 10 simple tips for university success!Surridge, Dr. LisaAssociate Dean and ProfessorDepartment of English
Education in the SchoolsIndigenizing Education is More than a MetaphorIndigenous perspectives pertaining to how we live, learn and flourish are not new in the context of schooling and education. The past often informs the present, and the present provides an opportunity to highlight the distinct differences that underpin how Indigenous peoples, and as culturally connected peoples, view the world they live in and learn from. This presentation will highlight the important learning distinctions, dynamics and developments to emerge with respect to how learning as Indigenous peoples across the life span in Aotearoa New Zealand has transformed the conventional educational landscape over the past 40 years. This phenomenon has also given rise to a distinct Indigenous approach(es) to research and theory advancement that is fundamentally couched in Te Ao Mâori but inherently inclusive in its approach and delivery.  The following four perspectives, and the interconnection of each, alongside some relevant examples  will be shared: 1. Te Ao Mâori – philosophical perspective 2.       Mâtauranga Mâori – pedagogical perspective 3. Whânau Ora – political and social reform 4. Te Reo me Ngâ Tikanga –  preservation of language and culture.Whitinui, Dr. PaulAssociate ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Education—GeneralOpening Up Access to Research NEWToday, a substantial amount of publicly funded academic research is locked behind paywalls. The academic publishing system is surprisingly lucrative for commercial publishers, who report profit margins of 30 to 40 per cent. I provide an overview of academic publishing and introduce the Open Access movement, an international effort toward making research open and free for everyone.Arbuckle, Ms. AlyssaAssociate DirectorElectronic Textual Cultures Lab
Education—GeneralThe Value of Being a Volunteer (E M S)The benefit of volunteering is a win-win situation. It's not just about giving up some free time, but about growing a person and supporting a group or special interest area. It can be a rewarding experience and opportunity to expand your network.Davie, Ms. MarleneAlumni Engagement OfficerAlumni Relations
Education—GeneralThe Concept of Experience ​in the Humanities and the Sciences (in English or French) (S)This presentation looks at an alternate way of understanding the difference between the humanities and the other sciences.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
Education—GeneralThose Kids Can’t Handle their Freedom: Overcoming Barriers to Teaching Kids Self-Regulation ǂ NEWSometimes we confuse ‘well-managed’ for well-regulated and misbehaviour for stress-behaviour. When vulnerabilities creep in, we face common refrains of “It’s too much work,” or “If you give ‘em an inch…” or “Those kids can’t handle their freedom.” Come and learn about self-regulation and the stories distracting us from our goals.Harvey, Ms. LyndzeGraduate StudentDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralMindfulness is My Superpower: Reducing Stress and Building Resiliency for Teacher Empowerment ǂ NEWTeachers are often viewed as superhumans. This a can lead to burnout and challenge our efforts to be the teachers our students need. Explore mindfulness and self-regulation strategies to help reduce stress and build resiliency. Increase connection and focus, and take home energy at the end of the day.Harvey, Ms. LyndzeGraduate StudentDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralBreaking Down Barriers: Students’ Use of their Own LanguageThere’s a growing recognition of the role played by learners’ first languages/own-languages in learning an additional language. This session draws on insights from recent literature and the presenter’s own scholarly and professional work on learners’ use of their own languages to give instructors practical suggestions on how to incorporate them into teaching.Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Education—GeneralBuilding Teachers' Research Toolkit and Implementing Practitioner Research NEWThis interactive workshop is designed to address the concerns of educators who have contemplated engaging in practitioner research to inform their practices. This workshop describes what practitioner research is, and discusses how to problem-solve challenges commonly encountered in the practitioner-research process. Bring your practitioner research questions and ideas with you! This workshop will help you make informed decisions and get you excited about embarking on your own practitioner-research journey.Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Education—GeneralThe Power of Reflection: Field-tested Tips on Implementing Critical Learner Reflection NEWAt one point or another in our learning journeys, we have probably all been asked to reflect on our learning experiences. As a teaching professional, you may also have asked your students to engage in reflection. Although educators across disciplines have long recognized its importance and applicability across a wide variety of educational settings, reflection remains a challenging concept for educators across disciplines to firmly grasp in practice. In this session, the presenter will help you foster critical reflection by exploring (a) what learner reflection entails, (b) why learner reflection is critically important, according to up-to-date theory and research, and (c) how to implement reflection in ways that will help learners reap its benefits and become autonomous learners.Huang, Dr. Li-ShihAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Education—GeneralDeveloping Excellence: Tips and Tools for Mastering any Skill at a High Level (in English or French) (M S) NEWHow do some people develop extraordinary talent in a given area? Why do certain centres seem to produce a high number of successful people in a given area? Explore the foundational concepts that one can transfer to any variety of specific skills, which include understanding how it works, building consistency, and the mental training that is an essential component.Klazek, Dr. MerrieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Music
Education—GeneralMillennials and Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace ǂ (M S)The Millennial generation is now the largest group in the workforce in Canada. Organizations always need to find a way to adapt, put in place plans and policies that ensure that this generation reminds engaged, is productive and supports the organizations vision and mission. This presentation and discussion is for both profit making and non profit making organizations with an aim to provide handles on how middle and upper levels of management can plan and be prepared for productive working relationships with millennials.Makokoro, Mr. PatrickGraduate StudentDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralSocial Justice and Rights-based Work in Changing Times ǂ (M S)Practitioners working in education—or broadly in the non-profit sector—have to stand for something, or (as the saying goes), they’ll fall for anything. This talk is aimed at raising awareness on social justice initiatives that impact communities served and how a rights-based approach to community development is crucial in creating a just, fair and equitable world where everyone is treated with dignity, respect and recognized for who they are.Makokoro, Mr. PatrickGraduate StudentDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralLearning In and With Community (in English or Spanish) (M S)This session provides an overview of community-engaged learning, including a showcase of student projects. The session clarifies the role that faculty and community have in creating space for students to learn and contribute to community at the same time, and highlights tools and protocols that support these experiences.Nagel, Ms. RhiannaCommunity Engaged Learning CoordinatorCommunity-engaged Learning
Education—GeneralEducation and the Revolution: Climate Change and the Curriculum of Life (E M S) NEWPrice, Dr. Jason M.C.Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralEducation for Social Justice and Reconstruction (E M S)Price, Dr. Jason M.C.Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralBoards of Education: Governance and Vision in BC Education (E M S)Price, Dr. Jason M.C.Associate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralIndigenous Ways of Being Through Photography (in English or Spanish) (E M S)This session offers hands-on “discovery” of Indigenous ways of being through the lens of a camera, paying attention to immediate surroundings such as land, imagery, cultural representations, language, etc.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Education—GeneralIndigenous Education: What Have We Learned in 50 Years? (in English or Spanish) (E M S)Explore the history of Indigenous education in BC through policy and curriculum.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Education—GeneralOnce Upon a Time: Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being through Story (in English or Spanish) (E M S)Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Education—GeneralInspiring Creativity (S)This session examines how every human has the capacity for creativity, and how learning to harness that capacity is worthwhile. There are easy-to-learn approaches that can help each of us live more creative lives.Wiebe, Dr. MichelleAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralDesign Thinking in a World of Wicked Problems (S) NEWDesign thinking is an approach to problem solving that has become popular in disciplines other than art and design. This talk focuses on what design thinking is, how it can help to solve ‘wicked’ problems and how to use this approach to solve the ‘wicked’ problems in your own life.Wiebe, Dr. MichelleAssistant Teaching ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralTeachers and Leadership: Applications for Career and Teaching Practice ǂ NEWThis presentation is geared to K-12 teachers and explores the role of leadership in teaching. Topics include leadership theory, teacher leadership and servant leadership and applications to teachers' careers and teaching practices.Willows, Ms. JessicaGraduate StudentEducational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Education—GeneralHow to Prepare Yourself for University-level Research While in High School (S) NEWThis talk is aimed at high school students who are thinking about going to college or university. The primary themes are the roles of exploration, risk, courage and curiosity—and the roles they play in helping prepare students for the exciting world of university research.D’Arcy, Dr. AlexandraProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Education—GeneralLeaders as Indigenous Allies: Working for Positive Change in Schools (S)Allyship is a critical leadership tool that non-Aboriginal leaders can use in their work with Indigenous communities to support the creation of inclusive learning spaces. The Aboriginal Enhancement Schools Network (AESN) was founded five years ago and has built a network of teachers and teacher-leaders who put Aboriginal student success at the centre of their work. This presentation draws from a recently completed study of this network, showcasing key strategies for successful inclusion that make a difference for all learners.McGregor, Dr. CatherineAssociate DeanGraduate Programs and Research
Education—GeneralSupporting Indigenous Learner Transitions: School and Program Strategies for Success (S) NEWIn this talk, Dr. Catherine McGregor will share the findings of her three year study of 10 Aboriginal Enhancement School Network (AESN) school teams involved in developing strategies to support their Indigenous learners at transition points in their school experience. Principles of effective inquiry practice and strategies for addressing the range and scope of Indigenous learners needs will be explored. Implications for school leaders will also be canvassed.McGregor, Dr. CatherineAssociate DeanGraduate Programs and Research
Education—GeneralIndigenizing and Decolonizing Music Education in BC (in English or French) NEWThe new BC curriculum calls for music educators to embed Indigenous content, pedagogy, and worldview in their music classes. In this presentation I will provide examples of how some music teachers from across BC, working with local Indigenous knowledge keepers, have done this work appropriately and discuss our partnership with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre in creating choral resources.Prest, Dr. AnitaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralEmotional Intelligence (EQ) and Academic Success (S)This presentation is designed for students (high school/university) to gain a greater understanding of EQ and how it impacts their social and academic lives.Leacock, Prof. BrianAssociate Director, International ProgramsPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Education—GeneralOpen Practices in Teaching and Learning (E M S) NEWIn this session you can learn about what open means, how we handle intellectual property, new models for licensing materials or accessing licensed materials that are no longer just the binary of copyright vs. public domain. We will discuss the history of open education and how individuals and organizations can participate and share globally.Irvine, Dr. ValerieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralMulti-Access Learning: Beyond Blended Learning (E M S) NEWAs society becomes more technology-enabled, the binary of face-to-face vs. online is becoming more blurred. The multi-access learning framework proposes that the emphasis should be placed on the community and its modality needs, meeting learners where they are at, whether on site or online synchronously or asynchronously. We also discuss the importance of expanding access to open learners.Irvine, Dr. ValerieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Education—GeneralShifting Pedagogies for Learner-centred Designs (E M S) NEWAs our educational practices are encouraging shifts to more learner-centred designs, how does one develop courses for personalized learning? In this session I will share my successes and failures as I transitioned from teacher-centred to learner-centred pedagogy and the technology and assessment shifts that are required to help enable this transition.Irvine, Dr. ValerieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Environment and SustainabilityThe Future of Water Law and PolicyThis presentation explores the elements and attributes of modern water law and focuses on the emerging model for watershed governance in BC. It also addresses the successful conditions for watershed governance, and explores how a watershed governance regime can build resilience in dealing with an increasingly uncertain world and the priority of water sustainability.Brandes/Simms, Mr./Ms. Oliver/RosieCo-Director / Researcher and CoordinatorCentre for Global Studies, POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Environment and SustainabilityPutting the "Sustainable" in BC's New Water LawWith elements of BC’s new Water Sustainability Act in force since February 2016, the province has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become a leader in freshwater protection. This presentation highlights the critical legal components needed to put the "sustainable" in the Water Sustainability Act, including protection of groundwater and flows for nature, and improved planning and governance.Brandes/Simms, Mr./Ms. Oliver/RosieCo-Director / Researcher and CoordinatorCentre for Global Studies, POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Environment and SustainabilityHallmarks of Success: Moving Toward Shared Authority and Co-governance for BC’s Water NEWCo-governance is an emerging concept that has been applied in the Northwest Territories to describe the decision-making process used to develop Mackenzie River water management agreements. This presentation introduces the concept of collaborative governance as a pathway to building respectful, shared decision-making processes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous governments, highlighting the opportunity to adopt more collaborative approaches in freshwater decision-making in BC. Brandes/Simms, Mr./Ms. Oliver/RosieCo-Director / Researcher and CoordinatorCentre for Global Studies, POLIS Water Sustainability Project
Environment and SustainabilityGreen Chemistry as a Path to Safer, Healthier Communities (S)Green engineering and chemistry can be design and policy tools to develop safer products and communities. This talk focuses on case studies from my work on roofing in India and antimicrobials in personal care.Buckley, Dr. HeatherAssistant ProfessorCivil Engineering
Environment and SustainabilityThe Challenge of Climate Justice: Can We Make a Just Transition from Fossil Capitalism? NEWThis presentation first outlines how capitalism is implicated in climate change. It then offers a framework for understanding how corporate power works to protect the revenue streams of big business. Finally, it presents some ideas on how we might move toward a socially just and ecologically responsible future.Carroll, Prof. BillProfessorDepartment of Sociology
Environment and SustainabilityMicroplastics in the Marine Environment: Context and Prevention ǂ (E M S) (Jan-April)Micro plastics, tiny pieces of plastics smaller than 5 mm, are an emerging threat to the oceans ecosystems, with ingestion now known to occur in animals ranging from the smallest zooplankton to large baleen whales. The specific effects of current environmental concentrations of microplastics on animals in the wild is still uncertain, yet scientists have shown negative impacts on animals which ingest high concentrations. The scientific community is currently working to explore the sources, extent, dynamics, and impacts of microplastics on marine animals and ecosystems. This presentation will explore what we know about how micro plastics get into our oceans, what is currently understood about their impacts on marine animals, and provide some local insight on some of the work currently being undertaken at the University of Victoria by Garth and his collaborators.Covernton, Mr. GarthGraduate StudentDepartment of Biology
Environment and SustainabilityClimatology and Climate Change: Long Term Climate Trends (in English or Dutch) (M S)Long Term Climate Trends (millions of years to future projections).Feddema, Dr. JohannesChair and ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Environment and SustainabilityClimate Modelling (in English or Dutch) (M S)Feddema, Dr. JohannesChair and ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Environment and SustainabilityLand-cover Change Impacts on Climate—including Urban Climates (in English or Dutch) (M S)There are many ways that humanity’s actions effect climate. This speaker’s current research combines remote sensing, GIS and modelling to develop datasets to models simulate human impacts on the Earth’s surface in the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Community Climate System Model (CCSM) in the US.Feddema, Dr. JohannesChair and ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Environment and SustainabilityClimates of Urban Areas and Climate Mitigating (in English or Dutch) (M S) NEWThis talk discusses how urban areas impact their local climate and how urban areas relate to global climate change. The talk will discuss how urban systems modify climate, and how scientists simulate urban climate processes at the global scale. Since over half of humans live in urban areas, we will discuss the implications of climate change on urban populations and how planning and policy specific to urban areas can help mitigate climate change.Feddema, Dr. JohannesChair and ProfessorDepartment of Geography
Environment and SustainabilityFrom Trees to Bluebirds: The Communication of Conservation on Vancouver Island (M S)This presentation looks at how we talk about science and conservation, and what the barriers are to uptake and engagement among target audiences.Fisher, Mrs. AlinaResearch ManagerSchool of Environmental Studies
Environment and SustainabilityWhere the Wildlife Are (M S) NEWChanges in land use have made human-wildlife interactions more frequent, both in the wilderness and within our cities— with media representation shaping our perception of those interactions. As land use intensifies and climate changes, issues of coexistence with wildlife becomes an interesting issue.Fisher, Mrs. AlinaResearch ManagerSchool of Environmental Studies
Environment and SustainabilitySolar Cells and Alternative Energy Technologies: Challenges and Prospects (E M S)This talk covers the history of the science behind photovoltaics (solar cells, inorganic and organic), trends in new types of solar cells, energy requirements, political and economic considerations, and comparison to other alternative energy technologies.Frank, Dr. NatiaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
Environment and SustainabilityThe Dragons of Inaction: Why We Don't Do What We ShouldWe all have intentions to improve ourselves and the world, but we don't always act on those intentions. Why not? This talk gathers together the many "dragons of inaction" that hold us back, and suggests some ways to "slay" them. The focus is on climate change and sustainability actions, but the dragons might also apply to diet, exercise and other good works.Gifford, Dr. RobertProfessorDepartment of Psychology
Environment and SustainabilityConserving Energy One Cubicle (or Home) at a Time (M S)Do you know how much electricity you use in your personal office, cubicle or home? Do you know how much energy your desktop computer or laptop uses? Will you save more electricity by turning off your computer at night or shortening your daily shower by five minutes? Discover some counter-intuitive facts about saving energy, money and the environment.McCue, Mr. RichSystems Administrator and Educational TechnologistLibraries, Systems Services
Environment and SustainabilityExpected and Actual Performance of Green Buildings: Lessons Learned (S) NEWThis presentation will introduce the concept of Green and Sustainable Buildings, and results from an investigation which critically analyzed the designed and actual performance of Green Buildings in British Columbia (Victoria and Vancouver).Mukhopadhyaya, Dr. PhalguniAssociate ProfessorCivil Engineering
Environment and SustainabilityHow Resource Consumption is Related to Our Happiness (S) NEWThis presentation will explore the relationship between resource consumption, economic growth and personal happiness.Mukhopadhyaya, Dr. PhalguniAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Civil Engineering
Environment and SustainabilityRestoration Walks in Greater Victoria NEWAn overview of a number of ecological restoration projects including rain gardens, invasive species removal and stream enhancements that occur in the city.Schaefer, Dr. ValentinProfessor EmeritusSchool of Environmental Studies
Environment and SustainabilityRestoration Guide to the UVic Campus NEWA review of the many restoration projects on campus to maintain our natural areas and promote native ecosystems.Schaefer, Dr. ValentinProfessor EmeritusSchool of Environmental Studies
Environment and SustainabilityUrban Biodiversity NEWMany people see cities as biological deserts. This talk highlights nature in the city from street trees to forests and streams. It emphasizes the importance of urban biodiversity globally and to the quality of life of urban residents.Schaefer, Dr. ValentinProfessor EmeritusSchool of Environmental Studies
Environment and SustainabilityThe Use of Repeat Photography in Ecological Restoration ǂ (M S) NEWThis lecture will address the field of repeat photography and its use as a research method for assessing landscape change, and for monitoring in ecological restoration projects. The presentation will cover: 1) the history of repeat photography, 2) its different goals, 3) examples of projects which used repeat photography to assess change (i.e. Mark Klett' s Rephotographic Survey Project, the Mountain Legacy Project), and 4) using repeat photos to monitor plant communities for ecological restoration projects. This lecture is better suited for an older crowd, however I can simplify it and make it interactive for a younger audience.Voicescu, Ms. SoniaGraduate StudentDepartment of Environmental Studies
Environment and SustainabilityCampus Cycling Plan (S) NEWThe Campus Cycling Plan provides a comprehensive and coordinated approach to support cycling as a safe, enjoyable and convenient mode of transportation on campus for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The plan is a guide for future cycling infrastructure, including bicycle parking, cycling paths, showers and change rooms on campus, as well as providing policy direction on strategies to improve levels of comfort and safety on shared paths and roads.Wilson, Mr. MikeDirectorCampus Planning and Sustainability
Environment and SustainabilitySustainability Action Plan for Campus Operations (S) NEWThe Sustainability Action Plan aims to create a campus culture that provides for sustainability to be integrated into operational, administrative and planning processes, and advanced through collaboration and coordinated decision-making across the university. The plan covers eight key topic areas including energy and climate, transportation, purchasing, governance, decision-making and sustainability resource, buildings and renovations, grounds, food and urban agriculture, waste management, and water management.Wilson, Mr. MikeDirectorCampus Planning and Sustainability
Environment and SustainabilityUVic Campus Plan (S) NEWThe UVic Campus Plan guides decision-making on the Gordon Head Campus in matters relating primarily to buildings and land use, open spaces and natural areas, and transportation and parking. It influences not only the functioning of campus, but also the experience of being on and moving through it. It impacts quality of life on and near campus, ecological health, campus character and more.Wilson, Mr. MikeDirectorCampus Planning and Sustainability
Environment and SustainabilityCampus Greenway (S) NEWThe Campus Greenway represents a unique opportunity to address the Strategic Framework priority to ‘increase the vibrancy of campus life by enhancing the natural and built environment to create more opportunities for interaction and collaboration.’ The greenway will act as an academic and social hub along the primary east-west multi-modal pathway connecting buildings and public spaces on campus. It will contribute to the identity of the campus and also aid in fostering respect and reconciliation with Indigenous communities by contributing to a welcoming, inclusive campus environment for all.Wilson, Mr. MikeDirectorCampus Planning and Sustainability
Environment and SustainabilityLandscape Plan and Design (S) NEWGuidelines serve to support and coordinate the implementation of landscape and public realm improvements along the length of the UVic campus greenway. Improvements are expected to be phased and implemented over several years.Wilson, Mr. MikeDirectorCampus Planning and Sustainability
Ethics and PhilosophyThe Philosophy of Giorgio Agamben (in English or French) (S)This talk focuses on this important philosopher, known for his approach to theories of biopolitics/biopower and potentiality.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
Ethics and PhilosophyThe Virtual Ninja Manifesto: Can Video Games Make You Into a Better Person? (S)The media is full of concerns about whether videogames produce anti-social effects on gamers, but is there a way to approach videogames as vehicles for self-cultivation and moral growth?Goto-Jones, Dr. ChrisDean of HumanitiesDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyDe-Mystifying Mindfulness: What Does it Mean to Live a Mindful Life? (S)'Mindfulness' is everywhere today, but the term has become so pervasive that it seems to have lost all meaning. What actually is it, how can it be cultivated, and why might you want to live more mindfully anyway?Goto-Jones, Dr. ChrisDeanDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyMagical Thinking: What Counts as Magic Today and Can it Make Life Better? (S)A consideration of the changing meaning of magic (including conjuring and stage magic) and its impact on everyday life. How does the experience of magic transform our experience of the world around us?Goto-Jones, Dr. ChrisDeanDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyAbortion (S)Abortion is defined by the Canadian Medical Association as the active termination of a pregnancy before fetal viability. This presentation considers the ethics of abortion. It begins with a brief historical look at abortion, includes the position of major Christian figures on the status of the human fetus, and deals with the so-called Doctrine of Double Effect.Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyMedical Assistance in Dying (S)After over twenty years of administrative, legal, religious and ethical debate, the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Act came into force in 2016, and it is now legal in Canada for physicians and nurse practitioners to provide an incurably ill competent patient suffering from an irremediable condition whose death is reasonably foreseeable in a short period of time with assisted death. This presentations considers the ethics of MAiD as it concerns health care professionals and patients.Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyEthical Issues in Reproductive Technologies (S)Reproductive technologies are rapidly advancing in sophistication. It will soon be possible to go from in vitro fertilization to gestating a human baby in an artificial uterus. This presentation deals with the ethical issues that surround the development and use of these technologies.Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyEthical issues in Police Conduct (S)Police officers are social servants with special rights and duties. This presentation examines the ethical issues that surround the conduct of police officers in the exercise of their duties. The presentation is based on the experience of the presenter as ethics consultant to the Office of the BC Police Complaint Commissioner.Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyThe History and Ethics of a Deliberate Death (S)It has sometimes been argued that deliberate death—euthanasia, assisted suicide and providing assistance in dying—violates fundamental ethical principles. This presentation examines the historical and ethical validity of that claim.Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyPatenting Genes (S)Patents in human genes are very valuable, worth hundreds of millions of dollars. This presentation deals with the ethics of patenting human genes—a practice that is permitted by international and Canadian law—and the question of who really owns human genes.Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyPhilosophy and the Personal (S)Philosophy is often viewed as a dispassionate, objective search for truth on the deepest and broadest questions we’re capable of posing, such as: why is there anything at all? This description, while accurate, masks the fact that philosophers who pursue these grand questions frequently, and of necessity, also perceive themselves to have "skin in the game.” This talk takes a historical look at this side of the discipline.Scott, Dr. DavidAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Ethics and PhilosophyPolitical Correctness, Inclusivity and Freedom of Speech (M S)This talk explores research and debates on the origins of “political correctness.” The focus is on PC as a description of measures to reform language and practices to reduce social injustice, notably discrimination by race, gender, sexual orientation, disability etc.; and as an ideological tool used by those who oppose such measures.Warburton, Dr. RennieProfessor EmeritusDepartment of Sociology
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesExercise is Medicine (E M S)Physical inactivity is among the top four modifiable risk factors related to non-communicable disease. This talk discusses how exercise and physical activity is effective across all ages (children to seniors) in enhancing health and treating, managing and preventing a large number of chronic diseases.Gaul, Dr. KathyProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesUsing Physical Activity to Reduce Your Health Risks (E M S)Physical inactivity is among the top four modifiable risk factors related to non-communicable disease. This talk discusses how exercise and physical activity is effective across all ages (children to seniors) in enhancing health and treating, managing and preventing a large number of chronic diseases.Gaul, Dr. KathyProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesExercise for People with Chronic Disease (E M S)Physical inactivity is among the top four modifiable risk factors related to non-communicable disease. This talk discusses how exercise and physical activity is effective across all ages (children to seniors) in enhancing health and treating, managing and preventing a large number of chronic diseases.Gaul, Dr. KathyProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesA Critical Evaluation of Probiotics as Health SupplementsClaims that live bacterial cultures, known as probiotics, are beneficial to human health date back over 100 years. The health claims associated with these products have ranged from improved digestive function to bolstered immune systems, and the scientific validity for these claims will be critically examined. This presentation will focus mainly on how recent research findings could lead to the development of more effective probiotics.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesLet's Move: Physical Activity for All NEWEach of the following are specific to the topic being discussed (e.g., specific medical condition, aging, general exercise advice for adults), but this presentation addresses: the benefits of physical activity, precautions, and general exercise guidance.Lane, Dr. KirstinAssistant Teaching ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesLet's Move: Physical Activity for People Living with Cancer NEWEach of the following are specific to the topic being discussed (e.g., specific medical condition, aging, general exercise advice for adults), but this presentation addresses: the benefits of physical activity, precautions, general exercise guidance, and how exercise can be safely used to prevent and manage diagnosed medical conditions.Lane, Dr. KirstinAssistant Teaching ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesLet's Move: Physical Activity for People Living with Heart Disease NEWEach of the following are specific to the topic being discussed (e.g., specific medical condition, aging, general exercise advice for adults), but this presentation addresses: the benefits of physical activity, precautions, general exercise guidance, and how exercise can be safely used to prevent and manage diagnosed medical conditions.Lane, Dr. KirstinAssistant Teaching ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesLet's Move: Physical Activity for People Living with Osteoporosis NEWEach of the following are specific to the topic being discussed (e.g., specific medical condition, aging, general exercise advice for adults), but this presentation addresses: the benefits of physical activity, precautions, general exercise guidance, and how exercise can be safely used to prevent and manage diagnosed medical conditions.Lane, Dr. KirstinAssistant Teaching ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesLet's Move: Physical Activity for People Living with Diabetes NEWEach of the following are specific to the topic being discussed (e.g., specific medical condition, aging, general exercise advice for adults), but this presentation addresses: the benefits of physical activity, precautions, general exercise guidance, and how exercise can be safely used to prevent and manage diagnosed medical conditions.Lane, Dr. KirstinAssistant Teaching ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesDancing: an Activity that Stimulates the Whole Brain, Increases Mood and Makes People Happy (in English or Greek) (S)Dance is a creative way to challenge sedentary habits of older people, as well as a promising therapeutic activity assisting them to express themselves and better communicate with others. Experiences of dancers over 55 years of age may promote a new image of older persons contributing to health, social cohesion and community participation.Mallidou, Dr. AnastasiaAssistant ProfessorSchool of Nursing
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesPhysical Activities for the Aging Population (in English or Greek) (S)Mallidou, Dr. AnastasiaAssistant ProfessorSchool of Nursing
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesIs Your Leisure Portfolio Ready for Retirement?Many of us focus on our financial portfolio to prepare to retire but how many of us consider our leisure portfolio? Retirement brings opportunities to learn new things, build grow our networks and help our communities. Learn how to be ready to grow your leisure portfolio!Meldrum, Dr. JohnDirector and Assistant ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesWhy Am I So Bloated? (S)Sullivan, Dr. StephenAffiliate Associate ProfessorIsland Medical Program
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesGut Grief from Running (S)Sullivan, Dr. StephenAffiliate Associate ProfessorIsland Medical Program
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesHealth and Staying Physically Active as One Grows OlderThis presentation addresses the importance of staying active as we grow older, dealing with some important health issues in a lighthearted way. The presentation covers the many aspects of health that are improved through a commitment to regular physical activity, including some of the recent research showing the value to cognitive functioning. Simple suggestions for staying active and improving strength are included with time to address specific questions.Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesFun, Fitness and FatnessThis presentation asks the question—are you eating right and getting enough physical activity to have health benefits? —and discusses the merits of different types of physical activity. The presentation examines some serious health issues in a lighthearted way (no pun intended!).Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesWeight Reduction Using Diet and ExerciseThis presentation examines why diets work for the short term but not for the long term and the importance of including exercise in any effort to lose weight. It also addresses some of the challenges that face people trying to lose weight using diets and exercise.Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesBack Health for Sport and Daily LivingDeveloping the “core” has become very popular for athletes, but also those people who suffer from low back pain or are just interested in having a healthy back. This presentation starts with a quick look at the structure of the back and why it tends to cause problems with one out of every two people. Approaches to exercise are presented that show simple ways to improve stability of the back or spine and how these approaches should be integrated into our daily lives.Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesStepping into FitnessThis presentation looks at the many benefits of walking and the use of the pedometer in reaching and maintaining goals for physical activity. The use of Nordic poles to assist or complement walking is included, as well as a demonstration on how to use them. It also looks at the relationship between stepping and caloric intake and expenditure.Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesBoosting or Maintaining Brain Power as You Grow OlderThis presentation looks at ways to maintain or boost brain power through lifestyle choices, especially the role of physical activity which is the number one way to preserve memory and other cognitive functions.Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesExercise as Medicine NEWIt’s well-known that exercise and physical activity reduce the risk of various health problems, and they have also been found to be effective ways to treat many other conditions—especially those associated with getting older. This presentation explores the ways physical activity has been found to help a number of health-related conditions as well as the amount and type of physical activity that has been found to be helpful.Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesGetting Stronger: You’re Never Too OldStrength training is important for all age groups, including the elderly. This presentation looks at the many benefits of a strength-training program and provides sample programs using theraband exercises designed for older groups, as well as simple exercises to help balance.Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesYour Amazing Brain: A Look at How It Works and What It DoesThis is an interactive session with lots of Q and A's and some hands-on learning for younger children.Docherty, Dr. DavidProfessor EmeritusSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Fitness, Athletics and Healthy LifestylesFor the WELLth of It (S)Wellness is a special kind of lifestyle. An introduction to wellness dimensions encourages anyone who finds themselves better at taking care of others to begin to take care of themselves.Lauzon, Dr. LaraAssociate ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Health Care and MedicineLet’s Get Personal: Shifting the Paradigm in Orthopaedic Surgery (M S) NEWMy talks both relate to the use of engineering to improve the outcomes of orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal rehabilitation.Giles, Dr. JoshuaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Health Care and MedicineImproving Orthopaedic Outcomes through the Integration of Biomechanical Research and Emerging Technologies (M S) NEWThis talk addresses the work of UVic’s Orthopaedic Technologies and Biomechanics Lab. This lab has two main foci: 1) improving our understanding of fundamental musculoskeletal biomechanics as well as the biomechanics of injuries and clinical treatments, and 2) developing novel technologies that can improve orthopaedic diagnosis, clinician training, surgical planning, and rehabilitation. These two areas can involve projects that are independent of each other, but the lab also focuses on the integration of these areas to yield improved clinical impact.Giles, Dr. JoshuaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Mechanical Engineering
Health Care and MedicineDepression and its Outcomes (in English or Spanish) (S) NEWWhat is major depression? How is it diagnosed and treated? What are the consequences of depression, non-pharmacological treatments, and how to cope? This talk addresses these questions.Caruncho, Prof. Hector J.ProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care and MedicineSmart Nanomaterials for Cancer Therapy (S) NEWMy lab is focusing on improving current radiotherapy protocols to reduce the side effects of cancer treatments. For example, we use gold nanoparticles to improve local radiation doses. Gold nanoparticles have been tested successfully as a drug carrier in phase 1 clinical trials. As a result, we now believe we can extend these nanoparticles to improve local radiation doses while minimizing side effects on nearby healthy organs and tissues.Chithrani, Prof. DevikaAssistant ProfessorCentre for Biomedical Research
Health Care and MedicineA Look into the Eye: How the Retina Works and Advances in Treating Retinal Disease (M S)This talk is an introduction to the anatomy of the eye and the retina, explaining how the retina works, and the diseases that affect it. The role of basic research, and what kinds of therapies are being developed to treat retinal diseases, are also addressed.Chow, Dr. BobAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Biology
Health Care and MedicineConcussions and Mild Traumatic Brain InjuryThis talk presents some of the issues around diagnosis of concussions and discuss new research on the topic. The speaker can also talk about potential new therapies for speeding up recovery from concussion.Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care and MedicineThe Benefits of Exercise for Your BrainThis talk discusses the benefits of exercise and how it impacts the structure and function of the brain. Learn about recent research findings in a way that will engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds.Christie, Dr. BrianProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care and MedicineHarm Reduction 101: Everything You Want to Know and More (in English or French) (S) NEWOverview of harm reduction’s historical and policy contexts—including an introduction of concepts, examples of harm reduction approaches, summary of research on the topic, and the challenges of tackling myths and beliefs.Gagnon, Dr. MarilouAssociate ProfessorSchool of Nursing
Health Care and MedicineCancer: Novel Approaches to Personalized Cancer Therapy (S) NEWThis presentation will cover molecular targeted therapy for cancer as well as a novel strategy being developed at UVic.Howard, Dr. PerryAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineWhat We’ve Learned from the Human Genome (E M S)The decoding of the human genome, completed over a decade ago, heralded the beginning of a new era in biomedical research. This presentation explores what our genome has since taught us about ourselves and our place in the biological world. How genomics has contributed to our understanding of the genetic basis of human health and disease is discussed.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineAllergies: Dysfunction in the Immune System (E M S)How allergies arise, the role of the immune system in this process, and the basis for treatment strategies is described. Allergies are not only common, their prevalence has continued to increase over the past 50 years, especially in industrialized countries. Current theories for this are considered.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineNew Emerging Human Infectious Diseases in a Changing WorldNew human infectious diseases previously unknown to science—such as SARS, MERS, and Ebola— have appeared at an unprecedented rate in recent years. Over 40 new infectious diseases have been recognized since 1970. This talk focuses on the impact such diseases have had on global health, with an emphasis on how and why they are apparently evolving.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineWhat Everyone Should Know about Listeria, Salmonella, E. Coli and Other Food-borne Pathogens (E M S)An estimated 1.6 million Canadians are affected by food-borne infections every year. These illnesses result in at least 4,000 hospitalizations and 105 deaths. The most common causes of food-borne illnesses are pathogens that have emerged only within the last 50 years, such as Listeria, Salmonella, and E. coli. This presentation focuses on the epidemiological basis for the recent rise of food infections as a public health problem and the challenges in preventing them.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineThe Biology of AgingThis presentation summarizes recent advances in our understanding of aging, and how this information has led to new strategies for slowing down the process. The speaker will critically evaluate some of the major strategies, e.g., anti-aging drugs, diets and dietary supplements.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineThe Rise of Superbugs: The Alarming Spread of Bacterial Drug Resistance, its Underlying Causes and the Quest for Solutions (E M S)Superbugs are bacteria that have developed resistance to multiple antibiotics. They’re currently a global problem, representing the most serious challenge to the treatment of infectious diseases. Experts warn that immediate action is required to reduce the impact of superbug infections. This presentation focuses on the underlying causes of bacterial drug resistance and the current state of the quest for solutions.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineThe Next-generation Vaccines: More than Just a Poke in the ArmThe traditional vaccines that have been in use for over a century are designed to prevent infectious diseases. In this presentation, they’re compared to new innovations that will soon lead to what have been termed the next-generation vaccines which may be applied to novel applications such as treatment of diseases.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineWhat’s Wrong (and What’s Right) About the Flu Vaccine? (E M S)This presentation explains the composition of the flu vaccine, how it’s supposed to work, why it’s never fully effective, and why you should get vaccinated anyway. The speaker will also explain why you currently need to be vaccinated annually, and discuss recent strategies for creating a more effective vaccine that will provide a longer lasting immunity to influenza.   Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineNot as Advertised But Perfectly Legal: Some Health Products to be Aware ofThis presentation focuses on common merchandise with health-related applications that come with unproven claims. Examples to be discussed include personal care products, “health foods” and supplements, including various types of probiotics, non-prescription medications like cold remedies (including some that actually claim to prevent illnesses), and weight-loss products. Learn what the law says regarding claims made on labels for such products and some hints on the types of claims to watch out for.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicinePrivacy and Confidentiality of Electronic Patient Records (S)This presentation deals with the ownership of and access to patient health records, with particular emphasis on electronic health records which are becoming increasingly important in modern health care delivery and telehealth and telemedicine. National and international standards are considered from an ethical perspective.Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Health Care and MedicineHealth Care—Commodity or Right? (S)This presentation deals with the question whether, ethically speaking, health care should be considered a commodity that is for sale like other services and commodities, or whether it should be considered a right and society should provide it to its citizens. The USA and Canada are considered as representative examples. Attention is paid to the current case of Cambie Surgeries Corp. v. Medical Services Commission of British Columbia, which has the potential of fundamentally changing the Canadian system of health care.Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Health Care and MedicinePhysicians and the Pharmaceutical Industry (S)The pharmaceutical industry is frequently accused of being guilty of unethical practices by advertising to patients, charging high prices for their products, and engaging in related practices. This presentations considers the ethical validity of such claims in light of the fact that pharmaceutical companies are businesses and not social services, that physicians are the gatekeepers to prescription medications, and that “It takes two to tango.”Kluge, Dr. EikeProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Health Care and MedicineDetecting Dementia Early: What Do We Know? ǂ (M S)This talk summarizes the current research on non-invasive early detection methods for dementia.Knight, Ms. JamieGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineAn Introduction to Brain Imaging ǂ (E M S)This lecture will summarize basic brain structure and function, along with imaging techniques (e.g., structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)). Research and clinical applications will also be discussed.Mayo, Ms. ChantelGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineBrain Trauma and Disease ǂ (E M S)This lecture summarizes how brain trauma and disease affects the brain. The content of this lecture can be tailored to the interest of the group. Possible topics include: multiple sclerosis, mild traumatic brain injury, or Alzheimer's disease.Mayo, Ms. ChantelGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineThe Aging Brain ǂ (E M S)This talk highlights the effects of aging on our brain and behaviours. In addition, it discusses the differences between Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as compared to healthy aging.Mayo, Ms. ChantelGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineAging and Alzheimer's Disease: Psychological Factors Involved in Aging ǂ (E M S)This graduate student in clinical neuropsychology studies how brain imaging technology is used to identify early biomarkers of disease progression in neurodegenerative disorders. She can speak on topics such as Alzheimer's disease, as well as the neurobiological and psychological changes associated with aging more generally. She can also talk about the basics of functional neuroimaging (specifically fMRl), brain anatomy, and brain-behavior relationships, geared towards younger or community audiences.Scarapicchia, Ms. VanessaGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineMental Health and Wellbeing ǂ (E M S)Scarapicchia, Ms. VanessaGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineBrain Imaging and its Clinical Applications ǂ (E M S)Scarapicchia, Ms. VanessaGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineBig Data Analytics in Health Care: Toward Predictive, Personalized, Integrated Medicine (in English or German) (S)NOTE: This distance-based virtual presentation requires technical support, as the presenter is based outside of Canada. In 1979, Douglas Adam published The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy where Earth is a supercomputer to calculate the answer to what “life, the universe and everything” are about. But in the last minute, psychiatrists have Earth destroyed, fearing for the loss of their careers when the meaning of life became known. Today, medicine promises predictive, personalized health care for all and big data allows for integrating health data as foundation for a learning health systems.Stroetmann, Dr. Karl A.Adjunct Assistant ProfessorSchool of Health Information Science
Health Care and MedicineThe History of Hepatitis C: Cause to Cure in 30 Years (S)Winding down a 50-year career in medicine with experiences in Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Oman and the tiny tropical Pacific island of Saipan.Sullivan, Dr. StephenAffiliate Associate ProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care and MedicineHow to Talk With Your Doctor About Your Pain (S)Sullivan, Dr. StephenAffiliate Associate ProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care and MedicineGrowing and Guiding New Neurons in the Healthy and Injured Brain (M S)This presentation provides participants with a basic understanding of the brain and nervous system, as well as a brief insight into the speaker’s research program, which seeks to understand the development of brain cells.Swayne, Dr. Leigh AnneAssistant ProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care and MedicineBringing Research into Practice: Improving Outcomes for People and the Health Care System (S)Participants will learn about the collaborative knowledge translation activities that are increasing the preproduction and use of evidence in decision-making and policy-setting at Island Health.Young, Dr. WendyAdjunct ProfessorSchool of Nursing
Health Care and MedicineDiabetes: How Studying Rare Eye Disease May Lead to Novel Treatments for Diabetes (S) NEWThis presentation will cover how studying rare genetic forms of diabetes can provide insight and targeted therapy for the general population.Howard, Dr. PerryAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
Health Care and MedicineDementia and Alzheimer’s: Current Research ǂ (M S)Dementia is not a natural part of aging. It is an umbrella term that encompasses over one hundred neurodegenerative diseases that affect memory, judgment, and cognitive skills severely enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and comprises nearly seventy percent of cases. To date there is no cure and there are no disease-modifying treatments available. Find out about current research regarding this topic and what researchers are doing to solve the issue of dementia.Knight, Ms. JamieGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Health Care and MedicineSchizophrenia and Society (in English or Spanish) (S) NEWWhat is schizophrenia? How is it defined and diagnosed?This talk will address treatments; what is going on in the brain in schizophrenia; schizophrenia and violence; and schizophrenia and stigma.Caruncho, Prof. HectorProfessorIsland Medical Program
Health Care and MedicineMental Illness in the XXI Century (in English or Spanish) (S) NEWGeneral overview of the major categories of mental illnesses. This includes how they are treated, what the outcomes are, what the general burdens of mental illness are, and mental illness and stigma.Caruncho, Prof. HectorProfessorIsland Medical Program
History—GeneralGrowing Up in Athens and Sparta (M)This talk discusses what life was like for young men and women growing up in classical Athens and Sparta.Bowman, Dr. LaurelAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History—GeneralCleopatra, Hellenistic Queen (M)This talk discusses how Cleopatra tried and failed to protect her throne and Egypt.Bowman, Dr. LaurelAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
History—GeneralParis: A Walk through the Ages—Medieval Marvels (in English or French) (S)What is a city? How does it change through the ages and keep its own distinct identity? This virtual visit to Paris highlights the permanence—through changes, revolutions, and destructions—of places, symbols, monuments and neighbourhoods that have endured, sometimes unexpectedly, in the passing of centuries. This is a series of three talks (which can be enjoyed independently) on medieval Paris, modern Paris (19th century) and Paris as inspiration in songs (1920-1970).Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
History—GeneralParis: A Walk through the Ages—The Inspiration of Paris in Songs (in English or French) (S)What is a city? How does it change through the ages and keep its own distinct identity? This visit of Paris highlights the permanence—through changes, revolutions, and destructions—of places, symbols, monuments and neighbourhoods that have endured, sometimes unexpectedly, in the passing of centuries. This is a series of three talks (which can be enjoyed independently) on Medieval Paris, Modern Paris (19th Century) and Paris as inspiration in songs (1920-1970)Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
History—GeneralParis: A Walk through the Ages—The Museum of Modernity (in English or French) (S)What is a city? How does it change through the ages and keep its own distinct identity? This visit of Paris highlights the permanence—through changes, revolutions, and destructions—of places, symbols, monuments and neighbourhoods that have endured, sometimes unexpectedly, in the passing of centuries. This is a series of three talks (which can be enjoyed independently) on Medieval Paris, Modern Paris (19th Century) and Paris as inspiration in songs (1920-1970)Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
History—GeneralNotre-Dame de Paris: The 2019 Fire that Destroyed the Cathedral Roof (in English or French) (S) NEWNotre-Dame de Paris: The recent (2019) fire that destroyed the roof of Notre-Dame de Paris was met with sorrow, generosity and passion in France and abroad. Hundreds of millions were raised in days for a speedy reconstruction, messages of despair, support, hope and love were exchanged, published, all over the world. For a few days, political life was suspended in France while all news were devoted to the fire, its extent, its causes… How to understand this emotion? What does the Parisian Cathedral represent?Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
History—GeneralEuropean Thought and Culture Since 1700 (in English or French) (S)This talk examines European thought and culture since 1700: on topics related to enlightenment, romanticism, modernism and postmodernism.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
History—GeneralHow WWI Ended (S)This talk looks at how the years 1917 to 1923 saw a revolutionary transformation of the world, ending empires, creating new countries, setting new ideologies in motion, giving unprecedented opportunities to previously ignored sections of the population such as women.Hannant, Dr. Larry D.Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralCanadians and the Spanish Civil War (S)The Spanish Civil War (1936-39) galvanized a volatile world, pitting democracy against fascism in a struggle that was joined by 40,000 volunteers from 70 different places. This talk tells how Canadians distinguished themselves in the effort to defeat the advance of fascism to another country, with men and women joining the battle.Hannant, Dr. Larry D.Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralNorman Bethune: A Troubled Hero (S)Renowned in China and Spain but ignored in his homeland of Canada, Dr. Norman Bethune has been described as “arrogant in the service of humanity.” Few other Canadians have painted such a vibrant mark on history in such a short time. Bethune introduced medical innovations into two of the great anti-fascist struggles of the 1930s.Hannant, Dr. Larry D.Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Cold War in Canada (S)Canada is usually seen as having avoided the eruption of paranoia and persecution that preoccupied the United States in the second half of the 20th century. In fact, Canada and Canadians fell into what Prime Minister Lester Pearson called the "dark madness" of the Cold War in a profound way, and many Canadians suffered in it, including prominent people on Vancouver Island and in Victoria.Hannant, Dr. Larry D.Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—General1919: Year One of a Troubled 20th Century (S) NEWRather than the expected peace, the end of WWI brought troubling new demands for change—including communist insurrections in several countries, the first fascist gangs, and a rising determination among colonized peoples to end their subordination by European powers.Hannant, Dr. Larry D.Adjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Monk and the King: Bookcraft and Statecraft in Medieval Times (M S)This presentation explores how books, made and used by monks, were a critical technology enabling Charlemagne's temporal and Christian ambitions.Lines, Mr. MichaelLearning and Research LibrarianWilliam C. Mearns Centre for Learning
History—GeneralWomen Travellers Throughout the AgesThis session presents the lives and experiences of nine exceptional, interesting and enthusiastic women travellers from the 4th to the 21st century who wrote about adventure. Reading list included.Mayfield, Dr. MargieProfessor EmeritaDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
History—GeneralSir Edward Grey and the Balkan Wars, 1912-1914 (M S)Asking for new description not in GermanMcKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Limitations of the Politician-Historian: Winston Churchill and Appeasement (M S)McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralIssues Relating to the Origins of War in the Modern Period (M S)Learn about the origins of wars in the modern period since 1815— they’re complex, involving a mixture of nationalism, imperialism, national security, and a quest to protect or expand a country's national interests abroad. The notion underlining this complexity is the view that the international system is an “anarchy” of competing national interests.McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralNations and Their Strategies Since 1945 (M S)During and since the Cold War period, understanding differing national strategies is important for explaining how and why international relations evolved. This presentation explores how the Cold War saw the advent of a bipolar world dominated by the US and Soviet Russia. There were neutral powers—chiefly in the Third World—but Soviet-American rivalry affected all international politics. Since the end of the Cold War, a multi-polar world has emerged, making international politics more like pre-1939.McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Origins and Course of the First World War (M S)This talk explores the complex origins of the First World War, which involved a mixture of nationalism, imperialism, national security, and the quest by great powers to protect or expand their national interests abroad. The war itself was devastating, seeing the collapse of four great powers—Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia and Turkey—and the problems of fighting an unexpected war of attrition.McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Origins and Course of the Second World War (M S)The origins of the Second World War are less complex than other modern wars. At this presentation find out how WWII stemmed from the aggrandising and racial policies of Adolf Hitler, and how there were ultimately five wars fought within the rubric of the Second World War: an Anglo-French war against Germany (1939-1940); Britain fighting alone against the Axis (1940-1941); a Soviet-German war (1941-1942); an Anglo-American war against the Axis (1941-1945); and an American war against the Japanese (1941-1945).McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Cold War: Cause and Course (M S)The Cold War was a unique period in international history. While the superpowers never fought “hot” wars against one another, they supported proxies to do their fighting or fought themselves against smaller powers. In this presentation, find out how this era was defined as much by an intense diplomatic struggle between two power-blocs of propaganda, and building armed forces to deter one another. Whether neutral or not, all countries of the world were affected.McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralCanadian Society and War Since 1867 (M S)Canada has been divided over issues of war and peace since its creation in 1867. From the Nile expedition of 1885 to modern peace-keeping under UN or NATO leadership today, the use of military power and the place of the Canadian armed forces as an expression of national strength has been the subject of great debate. In this presentation, learn how it’s not just the division between English Canada and Quebec that’s important—so too are the beliefs of pro-military Canadians and others than can be broadly categorized as pacifists.McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Anglo-American Special Relationship Since 1941 (M S)McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralWinston Churchill’s Criticism of Appeasement in the 1930s (M S)McKercher, Prof. BrianProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralWitness to Loss: Why did a Japanese Canadian Participate in the Destruction of His Own Community During the 1940s? (M S) NEWIn 1942, the Canadian government uprooted and interned all people of Japanese descent living in coastal British Columbia. The following year, it authorized the sale of everything that they had been forced to leave behind. As a result, when Canada’s internment era finally ended in 1949, Japanese Canadians had nothing to return to. Their homes, farms, businesses, fishing vessels, cars, family pets, personal belongings—in short, everything that they had been unable to take with them—was gone.Stanger-Ross, Dr. JordanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralWhy Remember? What can the Dispossession of Japanese Canadians Teach Us 75 Years Later? (M S) NEWStanger-Ross, Dr. JordanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralWho Forced the Sale of Japanese-Canadian-Owned Property? (M S) NEWStanger-Ross, Dr. JordanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralBeyond Sorry: Japanese-Canadian Redress, Research and Historical Justice in the Age of Apology (M S) NEWStanger-Ross, Dr. JordanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Internment and Dispossession of Japanese Canadians (M S) NEWStanger-Ross, Dr. JordanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralHow “Race” is Made Historically (S)This illustrated talk explores the contested concept of ‘race’ and its use across the British empire and into the present day, particularly in North American contexts.Vibert, Dr. ElizabethAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralA History of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (S)The conflict between Palestine and Israel is one of the most highly publicized and bitter struggles of modern times. This talk examines not only the historical basis of the conflict, but also looks at how and why a resolution to the conflict has been so difficult.Bunton, Dr. MartinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralGood Food, Bad Sex: Bodily Pleasures in the Anglo Imagination, 1750 to Today (S) NEWThis talk explores Anglo ideas connecting illicit sexuality and pleasurable eating from the mid-18th century to the present day. Topics include: religious food proscriptions, Americans in Paris, brothel menus, women food writers, and LGBTQ cookbooks.Cleves, Dr. Rachel HopeProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe First Treaties: The Roots of Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada (in English or French) (M S)This talk explores the 500-year history of alliances and treaties involving the Indigenous peoples of what is now Canada and settlers who arrived from Europe and elsewhere after 1500. Its focus is on the lesser-known treaties negotiated before Confederation in 1867, from the Atlantic coast to the Great Lakes.Cook, Dr. PeterAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe British Monarchy: Why Does the Royal Family Travel So Much? (M S)Royal tours – in Britain and throughout the world – are perhaps the most striking feature of the modern British monarchy. This talk locates the origins of this practice in the mobile royal courts of the Middle Ages, discusses its near-disappearance in the 1600s and 1700s, and explains its revival in the modern era in the context of modern technological and cultural developments.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe War of the Windsors: Charles and Diana, 1981-1997 (M S)The marriage of Charles Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer in July 1981 was a global media event. Within a decade, however, their marriage ended in a mutual acrimony that was relentlessly detailed in that same media which once had celebrated this fairy-tale romance. This talk reviews the story from start to finish and considers how it nearly inspired the British entirely to abandon one of their most cherished national institutions.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralMurder and the Media in Victorian England (M S)The newspapers of the Victorian age were obsessed with murder. This talk reveals the origins of this fascination in the rise of the modern newspaper press and a growing fascination with the cultural divide between towns and the countryside.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Road Hill Murder of 1860: A Great Victorian Mystery (M S)In June 1860 a four-year-old boy was savagely murdered in a comfortable upper middle-class home Wiltshire. The career of a famed police detective was shattered when he attempted to charge the boy’s 16-year-old half-sister, Constance Kent, with the crime – only for her to confess her guilt five years later. This talk revisits this case, one of the most sensational of the age.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralJack the Ripper and the Royal Family: Murder and Myth (M S)This talk reviews the many different theories which, since 1970, have suggested that Jack the Ripper – the most famous killer in history – was either a member of the royal family or someone acting on its behalf.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralBad Kings: Edward VIII and the Abdication Crisis (1936) (M S)More than eighty years after, King Edward VIII’s abdication of the British throne still haunts the royal family. This talk locates the Abdication Crisis in the king’s own character and reviews some of the controversies which surround the Crisis and its outcome to this day.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralBad Kings: George IV and William IV of England, 1820-1837 (M S)Most people believe that widespread contempt for the monarchy is only a recent development. In fact, as this talk reveals, the reigns of two of George III’s sons—men of extraordinary personal and fiscal dissolution—brought the institution to a historical low-point in the years just before the accession of their niece Victoria would restore its lustre.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralMurder, Bodysnatching and Anatomization in England, 1752-1832 (M S)This talk reveals the relationship between public execution, anatomical education and grave robbing in late Georgian England.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralDr. Crippen: Sex, Murder and Science in Early 20th-Century England (S)In 1910 a seemingly meek London doctor murdered his wife and fled England with his young mistress. Through a combination of “cutting-edge” forensics and determined detective work, Dr. Crippen was pursued, arrested and brought to the gallows. This talk revisits this particularly famous criminal justice sensation.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralMurder and “the New Woman” in England Between the Wars (S)This talk revisits three sensational “domestic” homicide cases of the interwar era—Edith Thompson, Madame Fahmy and Dr. Buck Ruxton—and shows how they exposed deep-set social anxieties of the era.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralWhy was Public Execution Abolished in Victorian England? (M S)Public executions are a staple of many movie and television images of Victorian England. This talk explains why public execution was abolished in 1868.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralWhy was Capital Punishment Abolished in Postwar Britain? (M S)In 1945 the abolition of execution for murder seemed unimaginable to most English people. 20 years later it took place. This talk briefly reviews the issues and cases which led to this most striking of criminal justice reforms.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralExecution, Transportation and the Founding of Australia, 1775-1789 (M S)In the popular imagination, all forms of punishment in pre-modern England were brutal. This talk shows how transportation was an indispensable alternative to hanging large numbers of people and explores how the absence of that alternative during the 1780s led to executions on an almost unprecedented scale.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralBad Kings: The Madness of George III, 1760-1820 (M S)Most people believe that widespread contempt for the monarchy is only a recent development. In fact, as this talk reveals, the reigns of two of George III’s sons—men of extraordinary personal and fiscal dissolution—brought the institution to a historical low-point in the years just before the accession of their niece Victoria would restore its lustre.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Prosecutorial Passions: Spouse Murder in England, 1660-1800 (in English or French)My research focuses mainly on crime, trial, execution, print culture, religion and popular and high politics, as well as gender (including masculinity) in 17th- and 18th-century England. I have published extensively on execution, the last dying speeches of criminals and traitors, and trials (most recently, spouse murder and "petty treason" or husband-murder).McKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Bloody Code: Criminal Trial in 17th and 18th Century EnglandMcKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralThe Great Fire of London 1666McKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralRoyal Martyr or Man of Blood? The Execution of Charles I in 1649McKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralGunpowder, Treason and Plots: Anti-Catholicism and Conspiracy Theories in 17th-Century EnglandMy current research project is on the "Popish Plot”, a supposed Catholic conspiracy in the 1670s and 1680s which precipitated a larger constitutional and political crisis: “Exclusion” (an attempt to bar Charles II’s heir, his openly Catholic brother James, the Duke of York, from the throne). The trials associated with the Popish Plot collectively constitute the worst miscarriage of justice in British history, and would ultimately result in the reform of the English criminal law, and contribute to the rise of defence counsel. They also reflect both the prevalence of anti-Catholic prejudices and the way in which, in the context of a rapidly expanding public sphere, such beliefs served as a political tool in the hands of an emerging opposition party. Thus the Popish Plot led not only to the Exclusion Crisis, the formation of modern political parties (“Whigs” and “Tories”) and, indirectly, the “Glorious Revolution” which toppled James II in 1688-9, but also the rise of a partisan press and “fake news”.McKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—GeneralWho Killed Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey? Revisiting the Most Famous Murder Mystery of the 17th CenturyMcKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
History—Victoria and BCBC's Ambiguous Relations with the Rest of Canada (S)From the time they first considered joining Canada, British Columbians have had an ambiguous relationship with the rest of the country. They’re proud of their province and of being Canadian but they’ve frequently felt that the rest of the country doesn’t appreciate them and exploits them. This talk is illustrated with editorial cartoons.Roy, Dr. PatriciaProfessor EmeritaDepartment of History
History—Victoria and BCBoundless Optimism: Richard McBride's British Columbia (S)Learn about Richard McBride, who was premier of British Columbia from 1903 to 1915, a period of unprecedented growth. A native of the province, he became premier at age 32; brought some order to provincial politics, promoted the development of railways, encouraged British investment and immigration, and played a role on the national and imperial stage. He even had the province purchase two submarines on the eve of the First World War.Roy, Dr. PatriciaProfessor EmeritaDepartment of History
History—Victoria and BCCartoonists at Sea: Some Views of BC Ferries and Their Predecessors (S)Transportation between Vancouver Island and the mainland of British Columbia has often been a source of amusement for local cartoonists. With cartoons going back to the early years of the 20th century and carrying through almost to today, this presentation examines not only the political issues around ferries but describes imaginative suggestions for travel—and perennial complaints about the service.Roy, Dr. PatriciaProfessor EmeritaDepartment of History
History—Victoria and BCFannin and Fauna: The Early Days of the Provincial Museum NEWJohn Fannin, a taxidermist and big game guide, was appointed the first curator of the Provincial Museum in 1886 and remained in that post until 1904. The museum and its collection of preserved animals was popular locally and attracted international attention.Roy, Dr. PatriciaProfessor EmeritaDepartment of History
History—Victoria and BCA Humorous History of Highways in BC (S)With the help of several generations of editorial cartoonists, this presentation traces the development of the road system of the province and its political manifestations from 1858 to the present day.Roy, Dr. PatriciaProfessor EmeritaDepartment of History
History—Victoria and BCFrom Shetland to British Columbia: The Extraordinary Life of Anthropologist and Political Activist, James Teit (1864-1922) (S) NEWThis presentation is a general overview of the life of James Teit, starting in Shetland and culminating in BC at the turn of the 20th century. It will focus on his pioneering anthropology with the Indigenous peoples of south-central BC.Wickwire, Dr. WendyProfessor Emerita/Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of History
History—Victoria and BCJames A. Teit and the BC Indian Land Question, 1908-1922 (S) NEWThis talk addresses James Teit's political activism: he worked steadily from 1908 until his death on the land-claim issue in BC.Wickwire, Dr. WendyProfessor Emerita/Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of History
Languages and LinguisticsThe Evolution of Human Language (M S)Language makes us human. Why did it evolve in our species but not others? Adaptation or mutation? From genomics to fossil remains, explore the linguistics of this most human mystery.Archibald, Dr. JohnProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsThe Edge of Innovation: "Kids these Days" and Language Change (S)Living languages are in a constant state of change. This talk reviews common myths on the language of youth and discusses the critical role they play in the ongoing evolution of individual languages, focusing in particular on English.D’Arcy, Dr. AlexandraProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsLaryngeal Function in Voice Production (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsAccents, Dialects and Voice Qualities (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsSounds of the World's Languages (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsHow Babies Acquire the Capacity to Speak (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsThe International Phonetic Alphabet (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsAll About Learning a Second Language Pronunciation (in English or Chinese)Lin, Dr. HuaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Languages and LinguisticsAbout the Chinese Language (in English or Chinese)Lin, Dr. HuaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Linguistics
Law and Justice IssuesAnimal Vulnerability in Animal Agriculture (E M S) NEWThis presentation discusses the cultural foundations for why Canadian law treats animals so poorly and offers them virtually no protections.Deckha, Prof. ManeeshaProfessor and Lansdowne ChairFaculty of Law
Law and Justice IssuesAnimal Rights, Culture and the Law (E M S) NEWThis presentation discusses the cultural foundations for why Canadian law treats animals so poorly and offers them virtually no protections.Deckha, Prof. ManeeshaProfessor and Lansdowne ChairFaculty of Law
Law and Justice IssuesGlobal Corruption: An Issue We Should No Longer Ignore (S)This talk identifies the extent of global corruption and the devastating impact that it has on poverty, gender inequality, economic development, and political and legal stability. The talk also identifies steps that must be taken to combat corruption and bribery.Ferguson, Prof. GerryDistinguished ProfessorFaculty of Law
Law and Justice IssuesHow and Why Do Wrongful Convictions in Canada's Criminal Justice System Occur? (S)This talk examines the extent of and the common causes for wrongful criminal convictions in Canada. It also identifies reforms that are needed to reduce as much as possible wrongful convictions in the future.Ferguson, Prof. GerryDistinguished ProfessorFaculty of Law
Law and Justice IssuesTeaching Law and Ethics through the Improvised Arts (M S) NEWCritical thinking, attentive listening and empathy are key skills required for effective advocacy, legal or otherwise, as well as ethical decision-making. Participants in this interactive workshop will hone their argumentation and listening skills through improvised game-based learning in which they are taught to engage in rapid analysis of a particular issue from multiple vantage points and perspectives.Ramshaw, Dr. SaraAssociate ProfessorFaculty of Law
Law and Justice IssuesCan You Patent a Frog? Patents, Trademarks and Copyright (S)Sirk, Dr. AislinnIndustrial Liaison OfficerResearch Partnerships and Knowledge Mobilization
Law and Justice IssuesThe Long Silence of the Vancouver Island (or 'Douglas') Treaties of 1850 to 1854 (M S) NEWI describe the formation of the Vancouver Island Treaties between First Nations and James Douglas as agent of the Crown, highlighting the earliest First Nation accounts, downplaying the colonial version of events, and tracing subsequent attempts by settlers and government officials to trivialize or even deny the treaties.Vallance, Dr. NeilAdjunct ProfessorFaculty of Law
Law and Justice IssuesHarassment and Human Rights: Problem, Response and RemedyFor the last 25 years the speaker has worked nationally and internationally on campuses and communities, with organizations, groups and individuals to address the complicated issue of sexual harassment and to develop workable responses in policy and practice. There are many shades of grey in this work and it’s important that the policy responses that organizations develop don't also become part of the problem.Whittington, Dr. BarbaraProfessor EmeritaDepartment of Social Work
Law and Justice IssuesRestorative Justice in the Community: Accountability to Victims Works for AllAs part of a community group, Peninsula Crossroads Community Justice, we work with situations that would normally or previously have been ignored or would have wound their way through a lengthy court process. The police and the schools refer youth and adult cases to our community group. Restorative justice brings the victim(s), those harmed, and the harm-doers together whenever possible to determine what happened and how amends can be made. The process is both powerful and productive. This presentation gives examples of situations from the police or schools that have been dealt with in this potentially transformational way, followed by a discussion.Whittington, Dr. BarbaraProfessor EmeritaDepartment of Social Work
LiteratureChristine of Pizan: A Life of Her Own (in English or French) (S)Christine de Pizan (1364–c. 1430) became one of the most important French authors when (and because) she was widowed. An exceptional writer and fighter for women's rights, she wrote poetry and prose on the burning topics of her time and of her life: love, equality of men and women, royal justice, good government, and Joan of Arc, among other subjects. She was forgotten for a long time before the relatively recent rediscovery of her works.Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
LiteratureThe Golden Age of the English Detective Novel (M S)The years between the First and Second World Wars are universally seen as the “golden age” of English detective fiction. This talk suggests why this was the case through the examples of Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers and G.K. Chesterton—and, of course, their forebear Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.Devereaux, Dr. SimonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
LiteratureAmerican Literature and the Christian Right (S)This talk discusses the surprising re-emergence of conservative Christianity as a powerful political and social force since the 1960s, and the consequences of that emergence for mainstream American literature. For more information: http://religiondispatches.org/who-are-we-and-how-should-we-live-american-literature-and-the-god-gap/.Douglas, Dr. ChristopherProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureFundamentalism and Literature (S)This talk is an introduction to the theology and politics of Christian fundamentalist fiction. Includes famous novels such as Left Behind, The Shack, and This Present Darkness.Douglas, Dr. ChristopherProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureThe Bible’s Many Gods (S) NEWAn introduction to some of the historical-critical Bible scholarship that examines the development of monotheism out of an earlier polytheistic cultural matrix. Includes a discussion of the lingering traces of polytheism in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) and New Testament.Douglas, Dr. ChristopherProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureThe Changing Bible in Victorian Literature ǂ (S) NEWAlthough the Bible retained substantial cultural currency throughout the Victorian era (1837-1901), new approaches in biblical scholarship generated controversy about its meanings and applications. This presentation explains how the advent of modern biblical criticism inspired creative responses from Victorian writers who responded to interpretive debates that continue to this day. Victorian literature has much to say about the provocative and transformative possibilities that result from re-reading the Bible not as dogma but as literature.Dyck, Ms. DenaeGraduate StudentDepartment of English
LiteratureSpiritual Searching in Victorian Poetry ǂ (S) NEWThis presentation explores the spiritual searching evident in Victorian poetry. How does Victorian poetry prompt us to think about faith and doubt not as opposites but as intertwined? How does this poetry resonate today? Writers discussed include Tennyson, the Brownings, Christina Rossetti and Gerard Manley Hopkins.Dyck, Ms. DenaeGraduate StudentDepartment of English
Literature19th-Century French Literature and Culture (in English or French) (S)This talk discusses 19th-century French literature and culture: the role of science, industry and politics in literary production.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
LiteratureFrench Literature Since 1800 (in English or French) (S)This presentation can discuss any topic in literature from the Enlightenment onward, from Voltaire to the present. It can also include topics such as the Enlightenment novel, romantic and modernist poetry, and postmodern culture.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
LiteratureDaemons and Creativity—Splicing Consciousness into SAMAEL, a Mythographic Comic Book Series ǂ (S)This talk focuses on my creative process within comics as a writer and an academic. Sub-topics may include myth studies, states of mind and current professional projects within sequential narratives, namely my graphic novel series SAMAEL.Kernan, Mr. LukeGraduate StudentDepartment of Anthropology
LiteratureMilton, Shakespeare and Canadian Confederation: Thomas D'Arcy McGee as Literary Critic (S)While John Milton’s influence on the founding of the American Republic is well-documented, his presence in Canadian Confederation remains virtually unknown. Yet Milton is a significant figure in the work of Thomas D’Arcy McGee, the so-called “prophet of Canadian Confederation.” Revealingly, McGee’s interpretation of Milton as a moderate Christian Humanist differs significantly from the more dominant American reception of him as a political and religious radical. Similarly, McGee's defense of constitutional monarchy finds support in his reading of Shakespeare as an ideal embodiment of the supposed Elizabethan synthesis of monarchical and republican traditions. Ultimately, McGee's conservative reading of Milton reinforced his mature political, constitutional, and social vision, whereas his reading of Shakespeare actively shaped it.Kuchar, Dr. GaryAssociate ProfessorDepartment of English
LiteraturePoetry and Religion in 17-Century England (S) NEWOne of the great questions of English literary history is why the religious lyric did not mature in the 16th century, as did drama, but later in the 17th century. One possible answer lies in the renewed emphasis that some poets, preachers, and theologians laid on the experience of mystery in the Jacobean and Caroline periods. This renewed emphasis on mystery helps explain the aesthetic success of religious poets such as John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, and Thomas Traherne.Kuchar, Dr. GaryAssociate ProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureProduction and Use of the Medieval Manuscript Book ǂ (E M S) NEWTopics on which I am prepared to speak include: production and use of the the medieval manuscript book, e.g. medieval palaeography (= handwriting) and book-making tools and techniques; book producers (e.g. women), production contexts (e.g. professional, educational, domestic), and the medieval book trade; uses, production, and sources (local and international) of medieval parchment/ vellum, paper, inks, and pigments; medieval legal (especially common law) manuscripts; medieval European grimoires, charms, and other magical texts; environmental impacts of medieval manuscript production; parallels between the medieval book industries and the modern 'digital turn'; and scientific approaches to the study of medieval manuscripts.Lahey, Ms. StephanieGraduate StudentDepartment of English
LiteratureJane Austen’s Literary Landscapes ǂ (S) NEWThis talk explores the role that landscape plays in Jane Austen’s novels. Early 19th-century country estates had many characteristics that feature prominently in Austen’s works—Elizabeth Admires Pemberley’s picturesque grounds in Pride and Prejudice, real-life landscape designer Humphry Repton is named as the most desirable person to landscape Sotherton in Mansfield Park, and Knightley proposes to Emma in Hartfield’s shrubbery in Emma. Austen herself was well-versed in contemporary landscape trends, so it is perhaps no surprise that landscapes occupy such an important position in many of her novels, often serving to facilitate some sort of social transgression for her characters.Niemann, Ms. JaniceGraduate StudentDepartment of English
LiteratureSex, Erotica and the Victorian Garden ǂ NEWThis talk explores the relationship between gardens and sex in Victorian literature. Gardens in Victorian novels were often linked with sexuality and sexual activity through the parallels between plant and human reproductive processes, the use of floral language and "blooming" as a metaphor for marriageable women, and the frequency with which romantic trysts and transgressions occur in garden spaces. Summer houses, for instance, are locations where people fall in love in Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White (1860), commit adultery in Wilkie Collins's The Evil, Genius (1886), and engage in explicitly adulterous and incestuous sex in William Lazenby's pornographic novel The Romance of Lust; or, Early Experiences (1873-76), always acting as a catalyst for these dalliances.Niemann, Ms. JaniceGraduate StudentDepartment of English
LiteratureInto the Woods with German Myths and Fairy TalesThis presentation is about the enduring relevance of fairy tales and addresses the following questions: Why do we need fairy tales? What is a hero? What is a quest? Why do fairy tales often take place in a forest environment? What is the cultural significance of wolves and ogres?Pnevmonidou, Dr. ElenaAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Germanic and Slavic Studies
LiteratureThe Tale of Genji: The World's Oldest Novel (in English or Japanese)Poulton, Dr. CodyProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
LiteratureJapan's Iliad: The Tale of the Heike (in English or Japanese)Poulton, Dr. CodyProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
LiteratureHow Ghost Stories Work—and Why (in English or French) (E M S)In this presentation I talk briefly about how stories affect our brains, and how specific elements produce specific responses in listeners/readers. We review several short examples of scary stories, and then students write their own. Students come away with a better sense of why setting, point of view, pacing, and sudden shifts work as they do and why they make some stories better than others.Ross, Dr. StephenProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureA History of the English Ghost Story (in English or French) (E M S)In this presentation I cover the history of the English ghost story from the early nineteenth century up to the present. I focus in particular on how the stories track along developments in communications technologies, and how they have evolved together. We also consider cultural shifts and events like the World Wars as playing a significant role in the development of the ghost story.Ross, Dr. StephenProfessorDepartment of English
LiteratureModern Latin American Literature (in English or Spanish) (S)Russek, Dr. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
LiteratureModern Latin American Literature and Visual Arts (in English or Spanish) (S)Russek, Dr. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
LiteratureModern Latin American Culture (in English or Spanish) (S)Russek, Dr. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
LiteratureMyths and Omissions: A Textbook History of British Columbia (E M S) NEWWhat did our province’s early textbooks teach us about what it meant to be a British Columbian? Through an exploration of textbooks used in BC schools during the first 50 years of the province (1871-1921), this talk explores the common myths and omissions included in this early historical narratives written for children. How might these textbooks have shaped social ideas such as Indigenous-settler relations, women’s experiences, conceptions of race, and notions of an ideal “British Columbian” childhood? Throughout the lecture, important issues of the present will be linked to educational practices of the past. Particular focus will explore the historical textbook representations of Indigenous peoples and cultures and what this means in the context of Truth and Reconciliation today.Russell, Ms. PiaLibrarianUVic Libraries, Client Services
LiteratureNarrative Style in Austen’s Fiction ǂ (S)This presentation explores Jane Austen’s unique narrative style, which relies on blending the narrator’s voice with the voice of a given character in the text. This sophisticated narrative voice dominates Austen’s fiction and is one of the many defining factors of her works. Speaking on this topic works best as a collaborative reading, where the audience is engaged with the text and is prepared to focus on the minute details to gain a new understanding of the power of Austen’s narrative style.Seatter, Ms. LindseyGraduate StudentDepartment of English
LiteratureJane Austen: Past and Present ǂ (S)This general presentation looks at Jane Austen's life, her works of literature, and her impact on culture—both past and present. Formulated as an introduction to Austen, or as a delightful reintroduction for long-time lovers of her works, this presentation blends an informative lecture format with short readings from many of Austen's beloved texts.Seatter, Ms. LindseyGraduate StudentDepartment of English
Music, Art, Film and TheatreHercules: Greek Myth or Disney? (M S)This talk compares the Greek myths about Hercules to the Disney version of the story.Bowman, Dr. LaurelAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
Music, Art, Film and TheatreO Brother Where Art Thou (M S)This talk discusses how the Coen brothers’ film O Brother Where Art Thou? uses Homer's Odyssey.Bowman, Dr. LaurelAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Greek and Roman Studies
Music, Art, Film and TheatreEdith Piaf, the Parisian “Sparrow” (in English or French) (S)Spend half an hour with the music, the lyrics and the life of an iconic singer of the 20th century. This talk includes slides and songs, giving context to the phenomenal success met by a street singer, now a symbol for French culture across the world.Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
Music, Art, Film and TheatreThe History of Conducting Gestures (in English, German or Hungarian) (S)Similarly to gestures that accompany everyday conversations and emotional utterances, orchestra conductors' movements also have meaning, in more than one way, often tied to our cultural history. The talk offers a brief presentation about the past and future of orchestral conducting, an introduction into "how to read a conductor" and a few fascinating facts about the hand gestures by conductors.  Csaba Szakacs, Prof. AjtonyAssistant ProfessorSchool of Music
Music, Art, Film and TheatreWhat Does Music Mean? (in English, German or Hungarian) NEWThe talk surveys multiple Indigenous and other societal music practices that intentionally convey a message (as a sort of Morse code)—and examines signs and symbols in today’s musical offering by discussing how meaning is created and assigned to genres and pieces. The resultint talk will present a colourful music history survey, explored through the concept of meaning.Csaba Szakacs, Prof. AjtonyAssistant ProfessorSchool of Music
Music, Art, Film and TheatreFrench Cinema (in English or French) (S)This talk examines 19th-century French literature and culture: the role of science, industry and politics in literary production.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
Music, Art, Film and TheatreMedieval Art and Architecture (E M S) NEWHarding, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Art History and Visual Studies
Music, Art, Film and TheatreGothic Art and Architecture (E M S) NEWHarding, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Art History and Visual Studies
Music, Art, Film and TheatreItalian Renaissance Art and Architecture (E M S) NEWHarding, Dr. CatherineAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Art History and Visual Studies
Music, Art, Film and TheatreBuilding Community through Live Music: Exploring the Roles of Artist, Presenter and Public (in English or French) (M S) NEWWhy is live music important? What are the various roles that people play and how does this translate into stronger communities and vibrant cities? Explore the connections between mental health, physical health and the various levels at which one can participate in the arts as either spectator, presenter or artist.Klazek, Dr. MerrieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Music
Music, Art, Film and TheatreThe Job of a Professional Orchestral Musician: On Stage and Behind the Scenes (in English or French) (M S) NEWA concert is a final product in a long, unseen process. Discover the fine nuances of training and levels of expertise developed by individuals who succeed in the world or being an orchestral musician. What are the challenges, what are the rewards and motivations? Interpersonal skills, dedication, committees, relationships with public, administration and artistic direction are all things we will explore.Klazek, Dr. MerrieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Music
Music, Art, Film and TheatrePuppets and Robots in Japanese Theatre (in English or Japanese)Poulton, Prof. CodyProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
Music, Art, Film and TheatreTheatre Audience Education: How to Better See a Play (S)This talk is based on the speaker’s graduate studies in theatre audience education. Based on her experience in developing a secondary level audience education program at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria, this talk lays out some of the key concepts in effectively experiencing a theatre performance.Prendergast, Dr. MonicaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Music, Art, Film and TheatreNew Play Development in CanadaRichmond, Dr. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Music, Art, Film and TheatreLatin American Film (in English or Spanish) (S)Russek, Dr. DanAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Music, Art, Film and TheatreTheatre in War and (Post) Conflict Zones: The Importance of Laughter, Time and Place (in English or Dutch) (S)These presentations offer an exploration of theatre in (post)-conflict zones and development contexts supported by an analysis of the value of applied theatre practitioners working in these settings. By describing the ethics and techniques on cultural awareness and by showing selected examples of theatre companies globally, these presentations offer a firm foundation in the basic theories, contexts and vocabularies used in the field.Sadeghi Yekta, Dr. KirstenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Music, Art, Film and TheatreTheatre and Human Rights: What Kind of Theatre Takes Place in an Unwanted Space? (in English or Dutch) (S)These presentations offer an exploration of theatre in (post)-conflict zones and development contexts supported by an analysis of the value of applied theatre practitioners working in these settings. By describing the ethics and techniques on cultural awareness and by showing selected examples of theatre companies globally, these presentations offer a firm foundation in the basic theories, contexts and vocabularies used in the field.Sadeghi Yekta, Dr. KirstenAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Music, Art, Film and TheatreContemporary Israeli Cinema (M S)How do movies reflect the realities of life in Israel? This talk will screen clips from films made in the past four years that deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, relations between Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jews, and socioeconomic shifts inside the country. The recent Israeli “Cinema of Anomie,” or wandering and uncertainty, will be the major topic of discussion in this lecture. Shlensky, Dr. Lincoln Z.Associate ProfessorDepartment of English
Music, Art, Film and TheatreGender and Cross-dressing in Japanese Theatre (in English or Japanese)Poulton, Dr. CodyProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
Music, Art, Film and TheatreProducing Non-profit Theatre in CanadaA multi-award winning director, this speaker has created nearly 200 professional productions for many of the major theatres across Canada, as well as in the US, Europe and Mexico, and has worked with many of his generation’s leading playwrights in developing their work. He’s also former chair of the Department of Theatre at UVic, and a professor who offers courses in the areas of producing, directing and acting.Richmond, Dr. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Music, Art, Film and TheatreDirecting the ClassicsRichmond, Dr. Brian FrederickProfessorDepartment of Theatre
Personal InterestsUnderstanding the Presidential Election (M S) NEWUnderstanding the Presidential Election is focused on the upcoming 2020 election in the US.Aragon, Dr. JanniDirector and Associate ProfessorTechnology and Society Program
Personal InterestsMinding Your Digital Footprint (M S) NEWThis talk is about digital smarts in the 21st Century.Aragon, Dr. JanniDirectorTechnology and Society Program
Personal InterestsHow #MeToo Affects All of Us (M S) NEW#MeToo is about sexual harassment and sexual assault and how to prevent it. This includes a module about consent. This talk is appropriate for Junior High to post-secondary audiences.Aragon, Dr. JanniDirectorTechnology and Society Program
Personal InterestsSavvy Self-Management for CaregiversThis presentation encourages us to explore the topic of care - giving with dignity and self-respect. We need to ask ourselves: what tools do we need to deal with the demands placed on us?Boyer, Dr. WandaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsTouring the Yukon and Alaska (S)This presentation uses a Powerpoint slide show to take you on an unforgettable tour of these northern frontiers.Cameron, Dr. IanAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsTouring the Midi Canal in Southern France (S)This presentation uses a Powerpoint slide show to take you on an unforgettable tour of this region.Cameron, Dr. IanAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsThe Baja Bash: Mazatlan to San Diego by Boat (S)This presentation uses a Powerpoint slide show to take you on an unforgettable tour of this region.Cameron, Dr. IanAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsA Band Trip to Cuba (S)This presentation uses a Powerpoint slide show to take you on an unforgettable tour of this island nation.Cameron, Dr. IanAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsA Rugby Tour of New Zealand (S) NEWIn 2009 the Ebb Tide RFC, Victoria's team in the Pacific Northwest Over-40's rugby union, spent three weeks touring New Zealand, going from Dunedin at the south of South Island to the Bay of Islands, in the north of North Islands, playing six games on the way. This talk covers New Zealand from south to north.Cameron, Dr. IanAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsTo Maine and Back: Steam Cars, Caves and Frank Lloyd Wright (S) NEWDr. Cameron is a steam car aficionado and he and his wife drove to New England—once the centre of steam car production—in their van, stopping on the way to look at caverns and Frank Lloyd architecture.Cameron, Dr. IanAdjunct ProfessorDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Personal InterestsSantiago de Compostela and the Cult of St. James (in English or Spanish) (S) NEWThis talk explores the legend of the discovery of the tomb of St. James. The audience will be introduced to the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela, medieval pilgrims, the pilgrim’s way in the XXI century, the contemporary city of Santiago and its university.Caruncho, Prof. HectorProfessorIsland Medical Program
Personal InterestsThe Magic of Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes (in English or French) (S)The comic series Calvin and Hobbes provides an escape, “out of the box" to its readers. This presentation takes a close look at some strips and the devices used by the author to poetically invite the reader to a magic world. Is this "low art"? The presentation ends with the audience sharing their favorite Calvin and Hobbes stories.Cazes, Dr. HélèneProfessorDepartment of French
Personal InterestsSouth Indian Cuisine: Your Gateway to Gluten Free Foods (in English and Tamil) (M S) NEWIn this presentation, participants will be exposed to various gluten-free foods that can be easily prepared at home on a day-to-day basis. Participants will also get a glance at South Indian cuisine, which has evolved over several hundreds of centuries.Chelvan, Dr. Ilamparithi T.Assistant Teaching Professor (Limited Term)Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Personal InterestsDiversity: Thy Name is India (in English or Tamil) (M S) NEWIn this talk, we will explore India’s diversity through the following themes: language, cuisine, arts and music, climate and culture.Chelvan, Dr. Ilamparithi T.Assistant Teaching Professor (Limited Term)Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Personal InterestsWhat Does It Take to Be Canada’s Next Astronaut? The 2016 Astronaut Recruitment Campaign (M S)In June 2016, the Canadian Space Agency issued the fourth call in its history to recruit two new astronauts. There have been only 12 astronauts in the history of the agency, eight of whom have flown in space. Canadian astronauts must be resourceful, experienced in a technical profession and display integrity and the best judgment. The selection process is difficult, both physically and mentally, and competition is fierce to earn one of the spots. This presentation chronicles the speaker’s own journey and experiences in the competition, from one of almost 4,000 applicants to the shortlist of 72 candidates and beyond.Cullen, Dr. JayAssociate ProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
Personal InterestsBeekeeping (S)Esling, Dr. John H.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Linguistics
Personal InterestsThe Tour de France (in English or French) (S)Learn about the Tour de France from its many aspects as a dynamic sporting event, and as a historical, cultural, political and economic phenomenon.Fromet de Rosnay, Dr. EmileAssistant ProfessorDepartment of French
Personal InterestsArts and Healing (S) NEWA discussion of how theatre, visual arts, dance and music are integrated with healing processes in collective and individual experience. Using examples from the works of Charlotte Salomon, the theatre experience shown in the documentary the Queens of Syria (Jordan refugee camp woman), and art in therapy and self exploration.Guzder, Dr. JaswantAdjunct ProfessorSchool of Child and Youth Care
Personal InterestsWhy Libraries? An Opportunity to Consider the Library in all its Forms: Public, School, Colleges, Universities NEWThe topic will be of interest to all who identify the library as important to their lives. The session will feature historical stories about each type and explore the direction each might take. The role of the librarian will be considered in its professional and volunteer definitions. Topics will be developed in discussion with a group to meet their specific interests. It may be possible to modify a talk to meet specific interests.Hamilton, Mr. DonaldRetiree AssociationWilliam C. Mearns Centre for Learning
Personal InterestsYoga Psychology (E M S)This talk discusses how yoga psychology harnesses the powers of awareness, attunement and embodied learning to foster an inquiry into the foundation of self-awareness, health and wellness.Hosalli, Ms. ShubhaElectronic TechnicianDepartment of Chemistry
Personal InterestsYogic Living (E M S)Many people practice yoga—but yoga is not only a soothing workout. It is also a lifestyle, helping people embrace states of well-being. In this session, learn more about yogic living.Hosalli, Ms. ShubhaElectronic TechnicianDepartment of Chemistry
Personal InterestsThe History of Canadian Architecture (M S) NEWThis talk is presented by a heritage planner and architectural historian who managed an active international consultancy in heritage conservation for 35 years, working on hundreds of projects around the world. He is the author of Heritage Planning: Principles and Process and A History of Canadian Architecture, and sits on the Victoria Heritage Advisory Panel.Kalman, Dr. HaroldAdjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Art History and Visual Studies
Personal InterestsHeritage Conservation: The Loss of Victoria's Historic Buildings and the Fire at Notre-Dame-de-Paris (M S) NEWThis talk is presented by a heritage planner and architectural historian who managed an active international consultancy in heritage conservation for 35 years, working on hundreds of projects around the world. He is the author of Heritage Planning: Principles and Process and A History of Canadian Architecture, and sits on the Victoria Heritage Advisory Panel.Kalman, Dr. HaroldAdjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Art History and Visual Studies
Personal InterestsSocial Dance as an Intergenerational Icebreaker and Community Builder (in English or French) (M S) NEWHow do square dancing, contra dancing, and other forms of community social dance provide a framework for strengthening human connections at all ages and across all boundaries? Where does this tradition come from, where is it still strong and how can we build it today? (If budget is available, live music is an option for experiential learning of dances.)Klazek, Dr. MerrieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Music
Personal InterestsMy Journeys on the Camino de SantiagoKrigolson, Dr. Olav E.Associate ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
Personal InterestsThe Traditional Mediterranean Diet: What We Have Learned (M S)Lam, Dr. ChristopherAssociate Affiliate ProfessorIsland Medical Program
Personal InterestsBookbinding for Kids and Teens (E M S)I offer a mini-book workshop for kids in the K-3 range, and a notebook making workshop for the older kids. At the more senior levels I can provide comments on various aspects of book history, literacy, and the publishing industry which may connect to curricular outcomes.Lines, Mr. MichaelLearning and Research LibrarianWilliam C. Mearns Centre for Learning
Personal InterestsA First-World-War Canadian Sapper Talks about the Life in the Trenches (S)Captain (Retired) Don Lovell, CD, PPCLI reads selections from his maternal grandfather's first-hand accounts from WWI as an engineer sapper at Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge and other bloodied fields.Lovell, Mr. DonRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsUVic’s Gordon Head Campus Development, 1990-1999 (S)From 1990-1999 over 1,000,000 square feet of building was added to the Gordon Head Campus. The largest increase in 10 years that UVic has experienced.Lovell, Mr. DonRetirees AssociationRetirees Association
Personal InterestsTravelling Lightly and Safely: Tips for Women TravellersThis session gives ideas and tips for women travellers to make travel easier and safer while maximizing the travel experience, including what to take and how to pack. Handouts with suggestions are included.Mayfield, Dr. MargieProfessor EmeritaDepartment of Curriculum and Instruction
Personal InterestsThe Mystery of the Lost Norse Colony of GreenlandMcKenzie, Dr. AndreaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of History
Personal InterestsClimate Reality (in English or Mandarin) (M S) NEWCommunity by community, we are demanding action on climate change. This talk presents climate impacts, solutions, and what you can do to help drive action.Owens, Mr. DwightUser Engagement OfficerOcean Networks Canada
Personal InterestsHiking in Japan: The Old Roads of Kumano (in English or Japanese)Poulton, Dr. CodyProfessorDepartment of Pacific and Asian Studies
Personal InterestsHeritage in Oak Bay NEWPrince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicyStudies in Policy and Practice
Personal InterestsBullying Among Staff (S) NEWAn abundance of literature suggests that bullying is widespread throughout the work environment and that it can render the workplace a harmful, fearful and abusive environment.Rocker, Dr. CarolSessional LecturerSchool of Nursing
Personal InterestsThe Mexican Revolution: History and Songs (in English or Spanish) (E M S)Learn about the period of Mexican history between 1900-1930 through story and song.Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Personal InterestsWomen of the Mexican Revolution: Hidden Stories (in English or Spanish) (E M S)Rodriguez de France, Dr. CarmenAssistant ProfessorIndigenous Education
Personal InterestsKill Your Phone (in English or French) (E M S) NEWIn this non-specialist talk I review some of the recent research into how the use of digital devices affects our brains. We will cover some common misperceptions about digital devices and discover how truly dangerous they can be for brain development.Ross, Dr. StephenProfessorDepartment of English
Personal InterestsThe Heart-moment Path to Joy and Meaning in Life (S)Moments of true heart are stepping stones on the path of joy and meaning in life. We will learn how to work with heart moments in a group context and use them as personal guides to a good life.Sacamano, Dr. JamesRetireeRetirees Association
Personal InterestsHow to Make Safer Communications Using Digital Media and Social Media (S) NEWNOTE: This distance-based virtual presentation requires technical support, as the presenter is based outside of Canada. He is an expert in the fields of information accountability, health information privacy and security, cybersecurity and healthcare information technology.Sahama, Dr. TonyAdjunct Associate ProfessorSchool of Health Information Science
Personal InterestsBeyond the Pail: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary NEWMany people do not have the funds, or have health issues that preclude them from pursuing “bucket list” goals in retirement that involve travel to far away lands. This talks looks at local opportunities for finding wonder in retirement through nature and perspectives.Schaefer, Dr. ValentinProfessor EmeritusSchool of Environmental Studies
Personal InterestsWhy Bother with Philosophy? (S)Many people – particularly those who have never studied philosophy – wonder about its usefulness or utility. In this talk I defend and expand on one of the most well-known accounts of the usefulness of philosophy, namely the account provided by Aristotle, for whom philosophy is one of the most fulfilling of human activities.Scott, Dr. DavidAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Philosophy
Personal InterestsCrossing Cuba from Havana to Santiago (M S)On this adventure we began in Havana and travelled by bus across bumpy roads stopping at the famous "Bay of Pigs", Cienfuegos, Trinidad, Camaguey, Santiago and several other places before returning to Havana again.Stewart, Prof. RosaTeaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsTravels in Spain and Portugal (M S)In this tour we travel from Madrid north to Santiago de Compostela and then head south to visit Porto, Lisbon and several other spots in Portugal. Back in southern Spain, we visit Seville and Granada, home to the wonderful La Alhambra.Stewart, Prof. RosaTeaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsA Canal Boat in England and a Cruise in the Baltic (M S)Through the images of this presentation you will take a four day canal trip near Bath. Then you will upgrade to a cruise ship that takes you through the beautiful Baltic with stops in Denmark, Estonia, St. Petersburg in Russia, Finland and Norway.Stewart, Prof. RosaTeaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsExploring the Northwest Coast and Haida Gwaii (M S)In this tour we explored our wonderful province. The tour began with a trip on Vancouver Island to Port Hardy where we travelled the inside passage by ferry to Prince Rupert. There were visits to Terrace, Hazelton and Nisga'a Valley. Another ferry trip took up to beautiful Haida Gwaii. This was an adventure filled with good food and fabulous indigenous art.  Stewart, Prof. RosaTeaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsA Canadian Visits Chile and Argentina (M S)Our travels begin in Santiago, the capital of Chile. We visit Valparaiso and Viña del Mar on the coast before heading to Mendoza, Argentina where we have a day trip into the Andes. From Mendoza we fly to Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. Our experience include a tango performance and a day tour to the famous Pampas. No visit to this part of the world is complete without fantastic food and fabulous wines. Stewart, Prof. RosaTeaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsSouthern and Eastern Spain (M S)This slide show takes you on a tour of some of the outstanding cities in central and southern Spain, starting in Madrid, visiting Avila, Salamanca, Merida, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada and moving up the Mediterranean coast to Barcelona.Stewart, Prof. RosaTeaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsTouring through England, Scotland and Ireland (M S)This slide show features a bus tour of this beautiful region starting with several days in London and then Edinburgh, the shores of Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Manchester, Dublin, Killarney, Bath, Stonehenge and several other places.Stewart, Prof. RosaTeaching ProfessorDepartment of Hispanic and Italian Studies
Personal InterestsCo-housing: What Is It and Is It For You?Co-housing began in Denmark and the idea has migrated to Canada with 13 cohousing communities completed, most of those in BC. This presentation looks at the phenomenon, in which a community is designed and maintained collectively using consensus decision-making with all households participating. Each household is owned privately (strata-titled) yet has the best of a village life. Some are senior-focused, while others are multigenerational, but all share a commitment to living lightly on the planet. Those who have experienced co-housing speak of its affordability and warmth. There are communities in the formation stage on the Saanich Peninsula and in Sooke, with completed cohousing villages in Sooke, Nanaimo and the Comox Valley.Whittington, Dr. BarbaraProfessor EmertitusDepartment of Social Work
Personal Interests1798: The Battle of the Nile and the Age of Fighting Sail NEWThis talk is based on my novel, The Second Gate Readings, and anecdotal tales of what it was like to be a sailor on board a 74-gun ship at the Battle of the Nile, between Nelson won and Napoleon's admiral. The book (and talk) also explores alternative history.Wyvill, Prof. BrianProfessor Emeritus/Adjunct ProfessorDepartment of Computer Science
PoliticsProtecting Your Digital Footprint (M S)Aragon, Dr. JanniDirectorTechnology and Society Program
PoliticsUnderstanding #MeToo (M S)#MeToo is about sexual harassment and sexual assault and how to prevent it. This includes a module about consent. This talk is appropriate for Junior High to Post-Secondary audiences.Aragon, Dr. JanniDirectorTechnology and Society Program
PoliticsMaking Sense of the Election (M S) NEWUnderstanding the Presidential Election is focused on the upcoming 2020 election in the US.Aragon, Dr. JanniDirectorTechnology and Society Program
PoliticsFeeling Hot, Hot, Hot: Three Dimensions of Transformation in the Circumpolar Arctic (M S)The Arctic region is undergoing unprecedented ecological, political, and social transformation, compounding already dramatic changes that occurred during the 20th century. Three principal causes or drivers of change have affected the region and remain ongoing: climate change, post-Cold War political changes in Arctic politics, including greater regional cooperation and fears of a resurgent Russia, and substantial decolonization of Arctic politics to better represent the interests of Indigenous peoples.Greaves, Dr. WilfridAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
PoliticsArctic In/Security and Indigenous Peoples: Comparing Inuit in Canada and Sami in Norway (M S)This presentation examines the meaning of 'security' in the Arctic from the perspective of two of the region's Indigenous peoples: Inuit in Canada and Sami in Norway. It presents original research to show how these peoples understand the changing nature of security in a rapidly changing Arctic, and how this contrasts with the official Arctic security policies of their respective states.Greaves, Dr. WilfridAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
PoliticsRandom Selection in Politics: Improving Democracy Through the Use of Random Selection (S)There is a growing frustration with the practice of democracy in society today, as citizens become increasingly apathetic and pessimistic about its prospects. Yet, recent research and practice on democracy suggests that many of these issues may stem from the way we structure our democratic structures: an over-reliance on elections can result in problems including corruption, unrepresentative governments, and reduced citizen participation. This presentation explores how random selection of representatives can serve as a promising alternative or complement to the use of elections and help overcome the problems facing democracy in contemporary society.Pek, Dr. SimonAssistant ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
PoliticsCanadian Politics, Government and Elections (S) NEWPrince, Dr. Michael J.Lansdowne Professor of Social PolicySchool of Public Health and Social Policy
PoliticsCanadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms NEWThornicroft, Dr. KennethProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
PoliticsComparative Federalism, Multicultural FederalismHow to design a constitution in a pluralistic society with the goals of combining single citizenship with collective rights in response to identity based demands.Tremblay, Dr. ReetaProfessorDepartment of Political Science
PoliticsFighting over Fossil Fuels: Understanding Contentious Pipeline Politics in Canada (M S)This presentation examines the state of pipeline politics in Canada. It outlines the recent projects and proposals that have ignited acrimonious national and regional debates over economic development, climate change and decarbonization, environmental safety and emergency response, Indigenous rights and title, and the scope of provincial and municipal regulatory powers. I argue that pipelines are at the centre of contemporary Canadian politics, and that the outcomes of these struggles will substantially shape the future of the Canadian state, economy and contributions towards global climate change.Greaves, Dr. WilfridAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Political Science
PsychologyBrain and Behaviour: A Beginners Guide to Functional Neuroanatomy (E M S)Gawryluk, Dr. JodieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyNeuroimaging: Translating Advances in Neuroimaging into Clinical Applications (E M S)Gawryluk, Dr. JodieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyThe Healthy Aging Brain and Alzheimer's Disease (E M S) NEWGawryluk, Dr. JodieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyMultiple Sclerosis: Changes in the Brain and Cognition Function (E M S)Gawryluk, Dr. JodieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyModern Views of PersonalityGifford, Dr. RobertProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyMental Health and Wellbeing ǂ (S) NEWThis discussion will include general information about what mental health, self-care and well-being are, prevalence rates of mental health concerns and disorders, how to recognize when to seek help and how to get it, how to recognize mental health concerns in others and how to support others that are struggling. This broad talk is meant to provide a general overview of mental health and relevant information. The specific information or topics covered can be adapted to the needs of the audience (e.g., a focus on supporting others in crisis, mindfulness, explanations of various disorders).Legg, Ms. NicoleGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyRisky Behaviours ǂ (S) NEWMy research focuses on when and why adolescents/young adults engage in various risky behaviours such as disordered eating, non suicidal self-injury and suicidal ideation. The discussion will include prevalence rates of one or more of the behaviours, predictors of these behaviours, when and why they tend to occur, how to recognize normative versus problematic behaviours, when and how to seek help. My specific area of research focus is on disordered eating, and I am prepared to do a talk that is more focused on general information about disordered eating, types of disordered eating and predictors of engagement, body image, and body positivity. This talk would be especially suitable for students that are nearing a transition to a post-secondary education context.Legg, Ms. NicoleGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyThe Psychology of Eyewitness Identification Evidence (S) (Jan-April)Hundreds of North Americans who had served lengthy prison sentences have been exonerated based on DNA evidence. In most cases, faulty eyewitness identification evidence played a role in the miscarriage of justice. This talk reports on research aimed at developing better ways of collecting and assessing identification evidence.Lindsay, Dr. SteveProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyFalse Memories and Distorted Beliefs (S) (Jan-April)For the past 30 years the speaker has been studying basic mechanisms of memory that usually serve us well but sometimes lead us to remember events that never happened or to believe things that aren’t true. This talk summarizes some of that research.Lindsay, Dr. SteveProfessorDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyLiving in the Moment (S)Time is an illusion; time stands still and yet time flies. Often people live in the past remembering or regretting, and people plan for the future or are afraid of what the future will bring. This talk discusses how being in the “now” moment enables us to create a memorable past and a hopeful future.Lum, Ms. WendyRegistered Clinical CounsellorDepartment of Counselling Services
PsychologyAn Introduction to the Brain and Behaviour ǂ (E M S)This lecture will summarize basic brain structure, function, and the relationship between our brain and our behaviours. Interactive activities will be integrated, where possible.Mayo, Ms. ChantelGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyIntroduction to Neuroscience ǂ (E M S)Scarapicchia, Ms. VanessaGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
PsychologyThe Development of Memory ǂ (M S)This presentation covers how memory works and develops through life, from birth to what happens to memory as we age. Basic information such as anatomy of memory are covered, theories surrounding memory development, as well as memory loss and decline in late life.Knight, Ms. JamieGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
ScienceToward Nature’s Heart of Darkness: New Technologies for Precision Astrophysics and Cosmology (M S)Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceALTAIR: Precision Astrophysics and Cosmology (M S)Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceHow Understanding Fundamental Particle Interactions Helps Us Understand the Universe (M S)Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceUVic's Contributions to the Discovery of the Higgs Boson at the ATLAS Experiment (M S)Albert, Dr. JustinAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceRett Syndrome and the MeCP2 gene (in English or Spanish)Discussion of the role of the MeCP2 gene (and its resultant proteins) in humans—and the development of Rett Syndrome. Current research includes studies on histone-histone interactions, and on histone-DNA interactions at the nucleosome level and at the higher order structure of chromatin in prostate cancer and Rett’s Syndrome. Special attention is being paid to the influence on these interactions of biologically significant chemical modifications, both at the histone and at the DNA level (acetylation, phosphorylation, methylation) and their epigenetic contribution.Ausió, Dr. JuanProfessorDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceLearning about Conspiracy Theories: Why Do People Choose to Reject Science? (M S)The triple disaster of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear reactor meltdowns that struck Japan in March 2011 led to the release of massive amounts of radioactive isotopes into the environment. Despite the high local levels in Japan, and global reach of contamination from Fukushima, the international scientific community has determined that the short and long-term impacts on environmental and human health will be difficult to detect. While most public response to the speaker’s work on the Fukushima disaster has been positive, he has faced attacks on his professional and personal integrity. This lecture explores how and why individuals choose to reject science and expertise, and what the consequences of such a mindset are for public policy on complicated and/or controversial matters.Cullen, Dr. JayAssociate ProfessorSchool of Earth and Ocean Sciences
ScienceMagnetism: Its History and Implications in Technology and Health (E M S)This talk looks at the origin of the magnetic fields in planetary dynamics, the Earth's magnetic field and its reversals over history, the role of magnetic fields in the migratory behaviour of hundreds of species, and the role of magnetism in medicine and data storage technologies.Frank, Dr. NatiaAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry
ScienceGenetically Modified Organisms: Frankenfood or Cornucopia? (E M S)The introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has resulted in an unprecedented level of controversy and debate. GMOs, on one hand, come with promises of improvements in characteristics that are unattainable by traditional plant or animal breeding. On the other hand, GMOs bring spectres of new human health problems, environmental disasters, and economic issues. This presentation focuses on positive and negative issues surrounding GMOs with illustrations and scientific data.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceInvolvement of Gut Bacteria in Gut-Brain Communication NEWThis presentation focuses on the involvement of gut bacteria in certain aspects of the bidirectional communication between the brain and the gut. The disruption of this communication may contribute to the pathogenesis of a variety of diseases such Parkinson’s disease, behavioral disorders ranging from depression to autism, and irritable bowel syndrome, to name a few.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceInflamm-aging: A New Area of Aging ResearchLow-grade chronic inflammation was recently recognized as a hallmark of the aging process. This phenomenon, called inflamm-aging, is believed to be intimately involved in overall functional decline and an increased risk to age-related chronic disease. This presentation discusses our current understanding of the mechanisms of inflamm-aging and possible therapeutic strategies.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceHuman Diet and Nutrition: The Influence of Gut Bacteria (E M S)Most of us know something about basic human nutrition. This presentation focuses on an aspect not as well known: the role of our gut bacteria in the digestive process. The presentation includes new research approaches to determine the impact of nutrition on cultivating a healthy gut bacterial population, and what we’re learning about the contributions made by these bacteria on our overall health.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceHow the Immune System Works (E M S)This is a general introduction to how our immune system protects us from harmful substances in our environment, such as infectious agents. The level of detail can be adjusted to suit the audience, i.e., any level ranging from novice to proficient.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceThe Gut Immune System Over the LifespanNote that this presentation is at least 45 minutes long. Our digestive tract is one of the most vulnerable sites in our body to infection and, not surprisingly, and contains the largest and most active tissue in our immune system. The development and function of gut immunity over the lifespan will be described with a particular focus on the role of the gut bacteria in these processes.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceYour Circadian Clock: How this Master Timekeeper Regulates Daily Activities and Health NEWCircadian clocks occur universally in all living organisms, from plants to animals—and even microorganisms.  How this timekeeper works to regulate our daily activities will be described in nontechnical language, with a focus on behaviors that influence your health. Misalignment of circadian clocks is a common problem, and key discoveries that are resulting in the development of therapeutic strategies to correct misaligned clocks will be discussed.Ishiguro, Dr. Edward E.Professor EmeritusDepartment of Biochemistry and Microbiology
ScienceDestination Mars: Using Neuroscience to Facilitate Long-duration Space TravelDr. Krigolson is starting a new collaborative project with the NASA Mars mission. In this talk he will talk about this research and the viability and concerns related to long-duration space missions.Krigolson, Dr. Olav E.Associate ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
ScienceThe "Replication Crisis" in Psychology and Other Sciences (S) (Jan-April)Psychology, biology, medicine, and even physics have been shaken by recent evidence that discoveries published in prestigious journals often fail to be reproduced when other researchers attempt to replicate the original experiments. This talk explains flaws in widely used research procedures that contribute to high rates of non-replicability.Lindsay, Dr. SteveProfessorDepartment of Psychology
ScienceIn Search of Dark Matter (M S)An overview of the evidence for dark matter in our universe, and the many ways scientists are trying to figure out what it is.Morrissey, Dr. DavidAdjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceThe Discovery of the Higgs Boson (M S)Discovery of the Higgs Boson: an explanation of what elementary particles are and how they get their masses from the Higgs boson.Morrissey, Dr. DavidAdjunct Associate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceFlatulence and the Human Microbiome (S)Sullivan, Dr. StephenAffiliate Associate ProfessorIsland Medical Program
ScienceTour of the Astronomical Observatory at UVic (E M S)This tour is intended for groups of up to 24. Approximately 20 minutes are spent in the astronomy lab answering questions, 20 minutes observing the sun, and 20 minutes in the dome observing Venus.Thanjavur, Dr. KarunSenior Lab InstructorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceThe Search for Life in the Universe (M S)Do aliens exist? Where might we find them? How will we recognize them? This talk presents the science of astrobiology—the scientific search for alien life. Take an astrobiological tour of our solar system and the newly discovered planets of our Milky Way galaxy in the quest for contact.Willis, Dr. JonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceEverything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About the Big Bang but Were Afraid to Ask (M S)How big is the universe? How old is it? What happened before the Big Bang? What exactly are we expanding into? The universe we live in is as big as anything gets, with big questions to match. That doesn't mean the answers have to be complicated though. Get straightforward answers to all of the above—plus bring some of your own!Willis, Dr. JonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceExploring the Oceans, on Earth and Across our Solar System (M S)What is it like to be an ocean explorer? Can you imagine exploring oceans on worlds beyond Earth? We will learn about the exploration of Earth's oceans and the discovery of habitats and life forms so weird that they seem almost alien. Our story will take us from undersea volcanoes off the coast of Vancouver Island to the icy wastes of Antarctica. We will talk about the ships and submersibles used to explore Earth's oceans and we will touch rocks recovered from the abyss. Beyond this, we will journey aboard robotic space probes to the moons of the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn and share in the startling discovery that some host oceans that dwarf our own. What technology might we use to one day explore within these oceans and what might we expect to find?Willis, Dr. JonAssociate ProfessorDepartment of Physics and Astronomy
ScienceHuman Smell and Its Relationship to Disease and Dementia ǂ (M S)Humans can smell better than you think. In fact, the idea that humans can’t smell as well as other mammals is a myth. In this talk find out how your sense of smell (olfaction) works and how it’s involved in diagnosing several diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.Knight, Ms. JamieGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Work and EmploymentInfluence: Sources of Individual Power and How to Lead Without a Title (S)Bassi, Mr. NavDirectorAcademic Services and Administrative Services
Work and EmploymentInteracting Effectively With People Who are Different than You (in English or Spanish) (S)Flores, Dr. RicardoAssistant ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Work and EmploymentLeading Others—and Yourself (in English or Spanish) (S)Flores, Dr. RicardoAssistant ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Work and EmploymentCareer Options and Learning Outcomes with a Degree in Music (in English or French) (M S) NEWWhat are the various streams of learning available to someone interested in pursuing music in higher education, and what are the foundational building blocks common to all streams? What are the career options related to these streams and how can a music degree be of benefit to a variety of fields? Expectations surrounding personal and group commitment, community contribution and responsibility, and some examples of rhythm and ear training basics will be explored.Klazek, Dr. MerrieAssistant ProfessorDepartment of Music
Work and EmploymentEmotional Intelligence and Cultural Diversity (S)This presentation is designed for organizations (profit/non-profit) to enhance their understanding of EQ (within leadership and management) and how to embrace cultural diversity using emotional intelligence.Leacock, Prof. BrianAssociate Director, International ProgramsPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Work and EmploymentCareers in Psychology ǂ (S) NEWThis talk is adaptable to include information about different career paths in the field of psychology; differences between counsellors, psychologists and psychiatrists; information and advice on pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in psychology; the application process for graduate school; maintaining work/life balance as a student; student self-care, burnout and stress management. This topic can be adapted to the needs of the audience.Legg, Ms. NicoleGraduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Work and EmploymentBeyond Diversity and Human Rights: How to Create Inclusive Spaces for Social Change (in English or French) (M S)Magassa, Mr. MoussaHuman Rights Advisor - EducationEquity and Human Rights Office
Work and EmploymentIntercultural Conflict Resolution (in English or French) (M S)Magassa, Mr. MoussaHuman Rights Advisor - EducationEquity and Human Rights Office
Work and EmploymentPreparing to Find your First Professional Job (S) NEWThis session will go over how to create job applications that get you noticed, where and how to look for work, and answer questions related to connecting you to the jobs you want. You will learn practical tips on creating resumes and cover letters, and how to prepare for interviews.Nilsson, Ms. JennieCoordinatorCo-operative Education and Career Services
Work and EmploymentWorking the Night Shift (S) NEWThe problem: since 1995 the number of nurses willing to work the night shift had decreased steadily, and nursing leaders have anticipated an increased shortage of nurses by 2014.Rocker, Dr. CarolSessional LecturerSchool of Nursing
Work and EmploymentCareer Management and Your Work Search (M S)Strategies to effectively conduct a work search, including how to align with career interests and methods to access the hidden job market.Stevens, Ms. BeverlyRetireeRetirees Association
Work and EmploymentResume and Cover Letter Preparation (M S)Resume and Cover Letter Preparation covers content and presentation employers are looking for in cover letters and resumes and techniques to increase the probability of being asked for an interview.Stevens, Ms. BeverlyRetireeRetirees Association
Work and EmploymentInterview Skills (M S)Strategies to ensure a successful interview and increase the chances of receiving a job offer.Stevens, Ms. BeverlyRetireeRetirees Association
Work and EmploymentEmployment Law in Canada NEWThornicroft, Dr. KennethProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Work and EmploymentEngaging Training and Meaningful Learning Environments: Make the Most of Staff and Volunteer Training Time NEWTraining can be key to an employee or volunteer’s success with your organization. This talk addresses what to consider, and ways to set up training, for groups to ensure a smooth transition experience. Elements include what information to transmit and why, and how to promote a positive learning environment.Thors, Ms. KalenneTraining and Assessment SpecialistResidence Services
Work and EmploymentFacilitation Tactics and Techniques for Engaging Workshops and Presentations NEWThis talk will include a hands-on introduction, and a chance to learn and practice a variety of facilitation techniques to keep groups engaged in meetings and workshops. Participatory pieces can be easily introduced into many contexts. This presentation will include some ideas of how to start and why it is important for engagement.Thors, Ms. KalenneTraining and Assessment SpecialistResidence Services
Work and EmploymentCultural Intelligence: What it is and Why it is Important NEWGlobalization has created a dramatic increase in the permeability of traditional boundaries—not just those around organizations, but around countries, economies, industries and people. Our environment is increasingly filled with people from different cultural backgrounds. Managing this multiculturalism requires that all of us develop a new way of thinking called cultural intelligence.Thomas, Dr. David C.ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Work and EmploymentStrategic PlanningThis lecture/workshop is designed to help organizations evaluate and and enhance their strategic planning efforts.Wikkramatileke, Dr. RhordonInstructor and Curriculum DeveloperDivision of Continuing Studies
Work and EmploymentStrategy Execution NEWThis topic is delivered in an interactive workshop style presentation and will be of interest to organizations and management teams interested in enhancing the performance of the enterprise.Wikkramatileke, Dr. RhordonInstructor and Curriculum DeveloperDivision of Continuing Studies
Work and EmploymentUnderstanding Passion in Organizations: Using Sport as a Lens (in English or French) (S)Wolfe, Dr. RichardAdjunct ProfessorPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Work and EmploymentUnderstanding Unconscious Bias in Cultural Contexts (S)Workshop session designed to help individuals identify their unconscious biases and to provide practical strategies for using that understanding to improve performance when working across cultures.Leacock, Prof. BrianAssociate Director, International ProgramsPeter B. Gustavson School of Business
Work and EmploymentReframing Your Organization: Are You Working Well? (S)Multi-frame thinking and decision making can help managers, administrators, supervisors, and leaders discover how they view their organization and take steps towards working well.Lauzon, Dr. LaraAssociate ProfessorSchool of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education
World AffairsGovernance of Borders and Migration (in English or French) (S) NEWBorders and migrations are major intertwined issues that will stay with us for the next generation. In this talk I explain why.Brunet-Jailly, Dr. EmmanuelProfessor and Jean Monnet ChairSchool of Public Administration
World AffairsGovernance of Public Transportation (in English or French) (S) NEWPublic transportation is transforming cities of the 21st century. What is at stake?Brunet-Jailly, Dr. EmmanuelProfessor and Jean Monnet ChairSchool of Public Administration
World AffairsThe European Union and Brexit (in English or French) (S) NEWBrexit will affect the European Union and the UK—but in what ways, and for how long?Brunet-Jailly, Dr. EmmanuelProfessor and Jean Monnet ChairSchool of Public Administration
World AffairsCustom Borders and the European Union (in English or French) (S) NEWUnderstanding what customs do, and how Brexit will potentially affect them, is core to future trading relations for the United Kingdom.Brunet-Jailly, Dr. EmmanuelProfessor and Jean Monnet ChairSchool of Public Administration
World AffairsGlobal Education (S) NEWYoung Canadians need knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in today’s complex and competitive world. Cross-cultural and international relationships with emerging countries and people from other parts of the world are becoming increasingly important to Canada’s continued success. The current generation of young Canadians will need to be comfortable working with people from different backgrounds. They will need self-awareness and self-confidence, a willingness to take smart risks, and knowledge of the world and other societies.Fila, Ms. RobynInternational Internship Program ManagerCentre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
World AffairsInternational Experiential Learning (S) NEWYoung Canadians need knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in today’s complex and competitive world. Cross-cultural and international relationships with emerging countries and people from other parts of the world are becoming increasingly important to Canada’s continued success. The current generation of young Canadians will need to be comfortable working with people from different backgrounds. They will need self-awareness and self-confidence, a willingness to take smart risks, and knowledge of the world and other societies.Fila, Ms. RobynInternational Internship Program ManagerCentre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
World AffairsInternational Internships (S) NEWYoung Canadians need knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in today’s complex and competitive world. Cross-cultural and international relationships with emerging countries and people from other parts of the world are becoming increasingly important to Canada’s continued success. The current generation of young Canadians will need to be comfortable working with people from different backgrounds. They will need self-awareness and self-confidence, a willingness to take smart risks, and knowledge of the world and other societies.Fila, Ms. RobynInternational Internship Program ManagerCentre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
World AffairsCivil Society in the Global South (S) NEWYoung Canadians need knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in today’s complex and competitive world. Cross-cultural and international relationships with emerging countries and people from other parts of the world are becoming increasingly important to Canada’s continued success. The current generation of young Canadians will need to be comfortable working with people from different backgrounds. They will need self-awareness and self-confidence, a willingness to take smart risks, and knowledge of the world and other societies.Fila, Ms. RobynInternational Internship Program ManagerCentre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
World AffairsThe Palestinian-Israeli Conflict (M S)The complexities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and possible solutions, as well as the differing narratives of Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs, are the topics of this talk and discussion. A longer historic framework for considering each side’s claims will be one focus of this talk. Another concern is how Canadians can constructively involve themselves in activism on this topic.Shlensky, Dr. Lincoln Z.Associate ProfessorDepartment of English
World AffairsIndia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and KashmirLooking at the enduring rivalry between two nuclear powers, and a seven decade old mass-based nationalist movement and political insurgency in Kashmir.Tremblay, Dr. ReetaProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsMulticulturalism in South Asia—a Comparative PerspectiveDesign of a political, constitutional framework in a religiously, linguistically divided society and the rise of Hindu fundamentalism.Tremblay, Dr. ReetaProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsRegional Security and Peace in South AsiaEnduring rivalry between India and Pakistan and the prospects of peace in Afghanistan - Pakistan and the Taliban.Tremblay, Dr. ReetaProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsThe Changing Context of India’s Foreign PolicyTremblay, Dr. ReetaProfessorDepartment of Political Science
World AffairsEthiopia: UVic Partnerships in Human Rights and Social Work EducationIn the last 10 years UVic and Addis Ababa University have forged many creative and useful links. Educators from Ethiopia have traveled to Victoria and interned with various professors and human rights educators. UVic faculty have traveled to Ethiopia and had the opportunity to learn and teach there. Dealing with conflict in the context of culture, the development of teaching capacity and exchanging knowledge and life experience have enriched educators here and hopefully in Ethiopia.Whittington, Dr. BarbaraProfessor EmertitusDepartment of Social Work
World AffairsIntercultural Education (S) NEWYoung Canadians need knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in today’s complex and competitive world. Cross-cultural and international relationships with emerging countries and people from other parts of the world are becoming increasingly important to Canada’s continued success. The current generation of young Canadians will need to be comfortable working with people from different backgrounds. They will need self-awareness and self-confidence, a willingness to take smart risks, and knowledge of the world and other societies.Fila, Ms. RobynInternational Internship Program ManagerCentre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
World AffairsIntercultural Education (S) NEWYoung Canadians need knowledge, skills and experience to succeed in today’s complex and competitive world. Cross-cultural and international relationships with emerging countries and people from other parts of the world are becoming increasingly important to Canada’s continued success. The current generation of young Canadians will need to be comfortable working with people from different backgrounds. They will need self-awareness and self-confidence, a willingness to take smart risks, and knowledge of the world and other societies.Fila, Ms. RobynInternational Internship Program ManagerCentre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives
Environment and SustainabilityClimate Change and Human Mobilities (E M S) NEWThis speaker will discuss the connections between climate change and human mobilities, including displacement and migration, and explore the ways in which the issue is being approached at the international and national levels.Bates-Eamer, Ms. NicoleGraduate StudentDepartment of Political Science
Education—GeneralEngaging and Providing Meaningful Learning Opportunities for Marginalized Learners: the REIL Model ǂ (E M S) NEWAs part of my graduate studies, I developed an engagement and learning model to support marginalized children and youth called the REIL model. REIL stands for Rapport, Engage, Imagination and Creativity, and Learners. It can be used in non-formal or formal learning settings. Rapport is the ongoing practice of being interested and engaged in all learners, and is the central focus of the model. Rapport is the capacity to support rather than managing learners. Engagement happens when learning facilitators provide a flexible, co-created, learner-centered environment in which learners initiate tasks and lead activities. Imagination and creativity allows learners to create alternate possibilities beyond the rigid stereotypes or oppression they may face in their day to day lives. It allows learners to be self-expressed and empowered. Finally, Learners is about knowing your learners. It is the ability to welcome families and communities into your program or the capacity to go out into the community to meet families where they are. It is the courage to acknowledge and discuss structural inequities your learners may face. My talk will highlight ways in which non-formal learning approaches can strengthen connections, opportunities, voice, and ultimately empower marginalized learners.Bigsby, Ms. KatyGraduate StudentDepartment of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies
Animals and PlantsAsymmetry of Fish Behaviour ǂ (M S) NEWLaterality is the preference of a bilaterally symmetrical organism to use one side of a paired structure over the other. This phenomenon is taxonomically widespread, from nematodes activating left motor neurons more than right motor neurons, to people tending to write with their right hands. These differences in behaviour among individuals is often correlated with asymmetry in their structure, either external features such as a larger claw dictating crab side preference, or internal neurological pathways specializing in their function leading to asymmetry. Lateralization also has functional implications for survival of an individual and interaction with other species. The lateralization of a predator may lead to asymmetry in their prey or vice versa, leading to the fixation of asymmetry at a population level or fluctuations that change over space and time. This talk would explore asymmetry in the animal kingdom, starting broadly and focusing in on its role in the evolution and behaviour of fishes, concluding with my thesis work investigating asymmetry in the threespine stickleback (a model species of fish).Planidin, Mr. NicolasGraduate StudentDepartment of Biology
Animals and PlantsThe Stickleback of Haida Gwaii ǂ (M S) NEWThe stickleback of Haida Gwaii represent one of the most powerful evolutionary model systems in the world.  10,000 years ago, after recession of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet, the formerly barren archipelago of Haida Gwaii became available habitat to a variety of temperate species. One of these species is the threespine stickleback, a marine fish with the unique ability to invade freshwater lakes and streams. Over the course of the last 10,000 years many of these lake and stream populations have become isolated by shifting geography and began to diverge from their ancestors in many of their characteristics. These trait shifts represent adaptation to a diversity of pressures facing these fish on Haida Gwaii and we can study these populations to determine which environmental factors lead to certain evolutionary outcomes. This talk would explore the history of research done on the Haida Gwaii archipelago and discuss the broader evolutionary implications of the interaction between environment and threespine stickleback.Planidin, Mr. NicolasGraduate StudentDepartment of Biology
Health Care and MedicineA Look into the Eye: How the Retina Works and Advances in Treating Retinal Disease ǂ (M S) NEWThis talk is an introduction to the anatomy of the eye and the retina, explaining how the retina works, and the diseases that affect it. The role of basic research, and what kinds of therapies are being developed to treat retinal diseases, are also addressed.Ruiz de Chavez Ginzo, Mr. AlbertoGraduate StudentDepartment of Biology
PsychologyA Psychology of Animal-Human Relationships (M S) NEWThis talk focuses on human perceptions and relationships with other species. Theories of intergroup dynamics and prejudice are helpful in understanding the various categories and relationships we have with other species, in companionship, therapy, commerce and exploitation. A psychology of human-animal relations is important because of: (1) the growing inclusion of non-human animals in our social and moral circles; and (2) as resource conflicts increase (e.g. climate change and decreasing biodiversity), understanding human-animal relations is imperative to decision-making that effectively balances conflicting needs and interests.Williams, Ms. Liz (Elizabeth)Graduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
PsychologySocial Perceptions of Environmentalists (M S) NEWWhat are public perceptions of environmentalists in Canada? Stereotypes—beliefs that members of a group possess certain characteristics—are widely understood and communicated within a culture, affecting the public’s behaviour. A better understanding of environmentalist stereotypes may offer insight into resistance to environmental initiatives and conflict in decision-making, thereby contributing to improved engagement and collaboration.Williams, Ms. Liz (Elizabeth)Graduate StudentDepartment of Psychology
Animals and PlantsGrizzly Bear Conservation: Promoting Human-wildlife Coexistence in Canada (E M S) NEWI use simulation modelling to understand how grizzly bears in Alberta interact with the environment and with each other while making movement decisions. My project focuses on studying how future landscape changes might affect how grizzly bears use the landscape and how these effects may jeopardize their success as a species. I am also studying differences in movement between resident bears (bears local to an area) and translocated bears (individuals that were moved from areas where they were in conflict with humans to new and remote locations). I am prepared to talk about my research in general or with a focus in bear conservation, bear biology, animal decision-making, animal cognition, working with large megafauna, and/or computer simulation methods.Zubiria Perez, Ms. AlejandraGraduate StudentDepartment of Geography
Animals and PlantsSimulating Animal Movement: Understanding Where and Why Animals Move (E M S) NEWI use simulation modelling to understand how grizzly bears in Alberta interact with the environment and with each other while making movement decisions. My project focuses on studying how future landscape changes might affect how grizzly bears use the landscape and how these effects may jeopardize their success as a species. I am also studying differences in movement between resident bears (bears local to an area) and translocated bears (individuals that were moved from areas where they were in conflict with humans to new and remote locations). I am prepared to talk about my research in general or with a focus in bear conservation, bear biology, animal decision-making, animal cognition, working with large megafauna, and/or computer simulation methods.Zubiria Perez, Ms. AlejandraGraduate StudentDepartment of Geography