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
Germs. They’re all around us. For years, we have tried to eradicate them, but now we understand the vital role they play. We are learning to love our microbes! We invite you to explore this topic with the “Germ Guy,” Jason Tetro.
Since he was a teenager, Jason Tetro has called the laboratory his second home. His experience in microbiology and immunology has taken him into several fields including bloodborne, food and water pathogens; environmental microbiology; disinfection and antisepsis; and emerging pathogens such as SARS, avian flu, and Zika virus. He currently is a visiting scientist at the University of Guelph.
In the public, Jason is better known as The Germ Guy, and regularly offers his at times unconventional perspective on science in the media with outlets such as the Huffington Post Canada, Popular Science, Globe and Mail and the CBC. Jason has written two books, The Germ Code, which was shortlisted as Science Book of The Year (2014) and The Germ Files, which spent several weeks on the national bestseller list. He has also co-edited, The Human Microbiome Handbook, which provides an academic perspective on the impact of microbes in human health. This year, he was honoured as one of the top 50 contributors by the Huffington Post Canada. He lives in Toronto.
RCIScience at Lunch! A new program for 2016-17. First up, we are delighted to welcome Dr. John Hull from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto to speak on managing risk in financial markets. Dr. Hull is the Maple Financial Chair in Derivatives and Risk Management. He is the author of several books on the subject of managing risk in finance.
Note: lunch is not provided, but we welcome you to bring your own and enjoy it as you listen to the wonders of managing risk in financial markets.
Dr. Fiona F. Hunter
Brock University, Dept. of Biological Sciences
Mosquitoes have an important role to play in the ecosystem but this is usually overshadowed by the attention given to nuisance biters and disease vectors. We will explore the beauty and behaviours of both “good” and “bad” species, with an emphasis on West Nile and Zika virus transmission.
Fiona received her BSc and MSc degrees from University of Toronto and then went on to complete her PhD in Biology at Queen’s University. Throughout her academic career she has studied a wide variety of biting flies but she and her students now spend most of their time studying mosquitoes, no-see-ums and ticks. Fiona has taught at Brock University for over 20 years. She is a former Director of the Wildlife Research Station in Algonquin Park and now runs a Containment Level 3 (CL3) lab at Brock where studies on live, infected, mosquitoes are conducted.
Dr. Jatin Nathwani
Ontario Research Chair and Executive Director, Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy, University of Waterloo
Energy remains a fundamental enabler of human betterment and a key step on the ladder to an improved quality of life for billions who live without clean energy for heat, light, water or medical care. Delivering on the promise of global, universal energy access requires affordable solutions that are scalable on a massive scale.
This talk will highlight the foundational basis of scientific, technological and social innovations needed to support new talent and business models for revolutionary change that will make energy poverty a thing of the past.
Prof. Nathwani serves on several Boards at the provincial and national levels. He is Scientific Advisor to the Equinox Energy 2030 Summit of the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI). He is Chair of the Board of Canadian University Network of Excellence in Nuclear Engineering (UNENE), Member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum, Board Member, Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE), Member, Clean Tech Advisory Board (Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Intl Trade), Member, Council for Clean and Reliable Electricity (CCRE), Member, Advisory Panel for the Science Media Centre of Canada (SMCC), and Advisory Board Member, Sustainable Waterloo. His current focus is on competitive energy policies to enable the innovations required for the transition of the global energy system to a lower carbon energy economy. The Waterloo Institute for Sustainable Energy promotes policies to enhance the environmental and economic performance over the long term.
How did the lives of people and rice become intertwined and combined with other organisms such as peach, water chestnut, pig, and dog to develop one of the most important agricultural traditions in the world? We’ll travel to a region just south of Shanghai to explore archaeological discoveries of villages and towns whose people made extraordinary technological and ecological innovations beginning about 11,000 years ago and learn what these innovations were and why they may have developed where and when they did. Can we learn anything from these societies relevant to our lives today?
Gary W. Crawford, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, is a Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Canada. His interests lie in ancient human ecology and span two continents: North America and East Asia. He pioneered research on the relationships between plants and people (palaeoethnobotany) in Ontario and Japan in the 1970s and early 1980s and helped start palaeoethnobotanical research in China in the late 1990s. His current research focuses on agricultural origins and development in Ontario and China and the extent to which ancient people changed the environment in which they lived. He has published two textbooks, hosted a television series on archaeology for TVOntario, and has published widely in journals such as Antiquity, PLOS One, PNAS, Nature, Current Anthropology, American Antiquity, and The Holocene. He currently has a federally funded research grant to investigate the earliest agricultural society in the Yangtze basin, China.
Passwords are a bane to our online existence: they protect our most sensitive information, but we are so overwhelmed with the sheer number of them that many of us resort to insecure practices. This talk will raise awareness of the threats to passwords, strategies you can use to help protect yourself, and our research at UOIT to improve password security and usability.
Dr. Julie Thorpe is an Associate Professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Prior to joining UOIT, she worked in the field of IT security for 8 years. She has served on the program committee for various international computer security conferences including ACM CCS, USENIX Security, ACSAC, PST, ACM SPSM, and NSPW. Her research interests include authentication, biometrics, human factors, usability, security policy, software security, and operating system security. Her research has been featured in various media outlets, including Wired magazine, Popular Science, Slashdot, BBC World News, The New York Times, CBC’s Ottawa Morning Show, and the Toronto Star.
2016 Fleming Medal and Citation
Join us Tuesday, November 15th for an evening celebrating excellence in science communication as we honour IvanSemeniuk, with the 2016 Fleming Medal and Citation from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science (RCIScience). The award recognizes Ivan’s outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science.
The ceremony will be followed with a talk by Ivan entitled A Canary in the Cathedral, where Ivan reveals his favourite stories as a science communicator, broadcaster and journalist and considers the future of the profession in Canada.
Ivan has been an instructor/researcher at the Ontario Science Centre, Producer/columnist at Discovery Channel Canada, senior correspondent with two of the highest-impact science publications in the world (Nature and New Scientist), writer/host of the TV series Cosmic Vistas, for the last three years as science reporter for the Globe and Mail, “Canada’s national newspaper”, through numerous freelance articles, conference presentations, workshops, and public lectures, and through his on-line presence.
Doors open at 7pm. Ceremony beings at 7:30. Reception to follow the talk.
The OSIRIS REx spacecraft has an ambitious mission – to travel to an asteroid, land, grab some samples and return. How difficult was it to plan a mission like this? What can we hope to learn about our own past by studying these ancient citizens of the solar system?
Dr. Michael Daly, Lassonde School of Engineering, contributed to the OSIRIS REx Mission and will give us an overview of what it hopes to achieve, as well as the Canadian angle. York University Research Chair in Planetary Science, Dr. Daly’s research interests focus on answering a variety of planetary science questions using custom instrumentation in the laboratory or in-situ. Dr. Daly is currently leading the science contribution of Canada’s OSIRIS-REx Laser Altimeter that was launched in September. He also works in the area of deep-UV Raman spectroscopy and is currently building a multi-million dollar planetary surface simulation facility. Mike is also the Undergraduate Program Director for York’s unique Space Engineering Program. Prior to joining York University, he led the engineering of Canada’s first instruments to operate on Mars and the design of the cameras in the International Space Station’s Dextre robot’s end-effectors.
Dr. Jonathan D Schertzer
What are the underlying mechanisms controlling metabolism and how do these contribute to the link between Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes? Hear how research has uncovered a role for stress and inflammation in metabolic diseases, and how exercise and commonly used medications for type 2 diabetes create glucose lowering effects. Hear about a newly-discovered role for bacteria and the “microbiome” relates to obesity and blood sugar levels.
Dr. Jonathan Schertzer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University. He completed a BSc and MSc at the University of Waterloo. He completed his PhD in 2007 at The University of Melbourne (Australia). He then did postdoctoral work in the Cell Biology Program with Dr. Amira Klip at The Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto). He holds Canadian Diabetes Association Scholar and Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator awards. His research is focussed on how nutrients, bacteria and drugs trigger inflammation and changes in blood glucose during obesity.