Julielynn Wong, B.Sc. M.D., M.P.H., Founder, Center for Innovative Technologies and Public Health, RCI Council Member
Star Trek Replicators are here! Unleash your inner designer and discover how 3D printers are revolutionizing space travel and life here on Earth. Need surgical tools on a long space mission? If you can’t take everything with you, then you’ll have to print on demand. With this in mind, Dr. Julielynn Wong has created ten 3D printable designs of surgical instruments for space missions.
Jean-Bernard Caron, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, University of Toronto;
Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology, Royal Ontario Museum
The Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies captures a unique moment in time: an “explosion of life” in which all major animal groups appear in the fossil record. New field discoveries led by the ROM promise to help us further understand this critical period in the history of life on Earth.
Dr. Caron’s post-lecture reading suggestions:
Virtual Museum of Canada’s Burgess Shale website, ROM & Parks Canada
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History,
Stephen Jay Gould, W.W. Norton, 1990.
The Cambrian Explosion, Douglas H. Erwin, James W. Valentine, Roberts and Company, 2013.
Cambrian Ocean World: Ancient Sea Life in North America, John Foster, Indiana University Press, 2014
Donald G. Saari, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Department Mathematics, Economics;
Director, Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Irvine
We have all experienced it at election time: the wrong person won! Voting is used to decide everything from our political leaders to which pizza to order. This timely talk explores how the wrong outcome can sometimes arise due to hidden mathematical peculiarities.
Co-sponsored by the Fields Institute for Research Mathematical Sciences
For further reading on this subject, Dr. Saari recommends:
Chaotic Elections, Donald G. Saari, American Mathematical Society, 2001
Deposing Dictators: Demystifying Voting Paradoxes, Donald G. Saari, Cambridge University Press, 2007 (more technical)
Graeme Spiers, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., Chair Environmental Monitoring, Director, Elliot Lake Research Field Station, Vale Living with Lakes Watershed Centre, Departments of Chemistry, Earth Science and Biology, Laurentian University
Feeding modern society’s insatiable need for metals brings with it an enormous impact on the natural environment, especially in near-pristine Northern regions. Without careful planning, a mine that operates for only 15 – 30 years may continue to affect its surroundings for centuries after it closes.
Leigh Revers, Ph.D., Associate Director of MBiotech Program/Senior Lecturer, University of Toronto – Mississauga
An academic and entrepreneur relates the personal true story of one life scientist’s experiences at the interface of scientific research and the corporate world of drug innovation.
David Jenkins, M.D., D.Sc., Ph.D., Departments of Nutritional Sciences and Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto;
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, the Director of the Clinical Nutrition and Risk Factor Modification Center, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital
Food production exacts a toll on our environment with raising meat generally less sustainable than growing plants. Eating plants is also helpful in reducing serum cholesterol, blood pressure and improving blood glucose control; all of which should reduce diabetes and heart disease. We will explore the question: is eating plants better for both human and environmental health?
Russell Zeid, RCI Council Member
An hour of family fun and exciting science demonstrations for kids with Russell the RCI’s mad scientist
Free event followed by complimentary treats!
Lesley Campbell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biology, Ryerson University
Cannabis is, for better or worse, once again in the spotlight. This interesting plant has a long botanical and medical history and exploring its evolutionary ecology could reveal insights into how we use Cannabis.
NSERC RCI FOUNDATION LECTURE
W. Ford Doolittle, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dalhousie University
Recipient of NSERC’s Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering
The ENCODE project, a lavishly funded international effort to map functions onto the human genome, recently declared the notion of “junk DNA” to be bunk. Comparative genomics says otherwise, and suggests that many researchers are seriously confused about the very nature of biology.
Co-sponsored by The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC//CRSGN) and hosted by Ryerson University
The speaker cannot travel at this time. We will attempt to reschedule.
Arnaldo Caruso, M.D., Department of Molecular and Translational Medicine, Section of Microbiology, University of Brescia Medical School, Brescia, Italy
Therapeutic vaccination is a promising novel approach to treat HIV-1-infected patients. This therapy boosts or redirects the immune system to neutralize critical HIV-1 proteins that play an important role in triggering immune system problems.
Co-sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute
Christine Wilson, Ph.D., Department of Physics and Astronomy, McMaster University
Explore nearby infant stars and young galaxies at the edge of the universe as seen through the radio-eyes of the ALMA telescope, the largest astronomical observatory on the planet.
Co-sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Mississauga
Viewing the genome as a collection of recipes rather than a catalogue of genes is fundamentally changing how we think about and treat genetic diseases such as cancers, spinal muscular atrophy and autism. The implications for you personally and for the sustainability of health care are shocking.
For more information on Dr. Frey’s talk:
Dr. Frey’s lab’s website
Exciting new genetics research is in the news almost daily. Companies promise (for a fee) to analyze your genome (but beware!). Despite the hype, the real discoveries are truly extraordinary and are transforming our understanding of normal biology, and how we manage and treat disease.
Co-sponsored by the Gairdner Foundation
What happens in our brains that allows us to calculate and become mathematically fluent? As the brain develops, the structures and functions associated with calculation change dynamically. In this talk of interest to educators, parents and anyone who has ever felt “mathematically challenged”, we will explore how individual differences in competence and strategy-use affect the brain as we calculate.
Numerical Cognition Laboratory at Western University
Each year, billions of migratory organisms on our planet commute vast distances between their temperate breeding grounds and tropical overwintering habitats. I will share with you how we’ve uncovered some of these incredible, record-breaking migrations and, using an example of the iconic monarch butterfly, show why tracking individuals over the course of the annual cycle is fundamental for their successful conservation.
In the field, people can now record plant and animal sightings in real time with their smart phones. At the same time, emerging radio tracking technology known as “motus” (from the Latin for “motion”) is transforming bird migration research. Together, these open the door to new “citizen science” and exciting discoveries in both the academic and recreational realms, key to conserving birds and all wildlife.
Sir John Franklin’s third expedition, the most infamous European voyage to navigate a sea route through the Canadian Arctic, has captivated people in Canada and around the world for a century and a half. Explore recent archaeological research and what it tells us about the lives and deaths of these explorers has revealed about the lives and deaths these explorers. Join the voyage as we revisit the momentous finds that led to the discovery of Franklin’s long-lost ship Erebus.
Circadian rhythms are 24-hour biological rhythms that affect our health and behaviour, influencing many things, from the best time to take a test, to the timing of a heart attack or stroke, to the arrival of death itself. Recent discoveries about the mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms have implications on how we organize school, work, social, and medical schedules.
Thanks to NASA’s Mars Rovers, we know much more about our planetary neighbour than we did a decade ago. Controlled from Earth, experiments conducted by the Rover instruments reveal that Mars was once a more habitable place. A key instrument on all 4 Mars Rovers and also on the Rosetta mission lander, Philae, is the Canadian APXS experiment, a soda-can sized device that measures the composition of rocks and soils.
Co-Sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada – Toronto Centre.
An afternoon of engaging hands-on activities geared towards children 6-12 years and their families, sharing the excitement of science, technology, engineering and math.
Volunteers running the activities will include post-secondary students who are eager to share their passion for science and can help answer your questions.