General Public Outreach Seminars

Destination Mars: Using Neuroscience to improve the safety of long term space travel

Dr. Olav Krigolson
Monday, 15 October 2018
7:00 PM
MacLaurin A144

Please join Olav Krigolson, PhD, Associate Professor, Neuroeconomics Laboratory, and Associate Director, Centre for Biomedical Research at UVic as he discusses:NASA has a set goal of sending astronauts to Mars in the near future.

As a part of the work up to that mission, NASA is conducting and supporting research to ensure mission success. A key area that is being targeted is "Human Factors" - how a crew will deal with the effects of an extended space mission. Working with the HISEAS Mars Habitat, the Krigolson Laboratory is developing mobile EEG ("brain wave") technology to monitor astronaut brain health and function during the Mars mission. During this talk Dr. Krigolson will discuss the HISEAS project and the work his laboratory has done to support the Mars mission."


Science and the Superhero in You
Part of Science Literacy Week, Sept 17-21, 2018

Dr. E. Paul Zehr
Tuesday. September 18 
7 PM
Bob Wright Centre, Room B150

Zehr explores the use of superheroes as metaphors for understanding human abilities, limits, and potential for performance. Knowledge about the real science behind some of the superheroic abilities we see in comic books and on the big screen helps inform how real bodies function, how performance can be enhanced, and how we can achieve the real potential we all have within. Each one of us has a little bit of Bat(wo)man inside…science can help us find it and put it to good use
E. Paul Zehr, PhD (neuroscience) is an award-winning science communicator, professor, author and martial artist at the University of Victoria where he is head of the Rehabilitation Neuroscience Laboratory. His basic and clinical research focuses on neuroplasticity in strength and walking after neurological damage. His popular science books “Becoming Batman”, “Inventing Iron Man”, “Project Superhero” and “Chasing Captain America: How Advances in Science, Engineering and Biotechnology will Produce a Superhuman” use superheroes as metaphors exploring the science of human potential.
Admission is free. Registration in required:
Hosted by UVic Libraries and the Centre for Biomedical Research