Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

President's Impact Award 2017

Principal's Research Award 2018

Zindel Segal, Department of Psychology:

Managing mood disorders through mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness in clinical practice has captured the imagination of mental health professionals. Why? It may be the experiential learning during meditation practice, in which one intentionally faces emotional discomfort, or the ability to develop a “decentered” perspective on thoughts and feelings. Recent data emphasize the crucial role of these abilities in managing the chronic and recurrent nature of mood and anxiety disorders while simultaneously extending intervals of well-being.

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

Location: Room AA160  /  Time: 12:00 to 1:15 pm

Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Research Excellence Faculty Scholar 2017-2020

Myrna Simpson, Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences:

How can we protect soil carbon in forests?

Carbon is vital to soil health—but climate change is altering carbon levels. The loss of this element results in reduced soil fertility and health, and increased erosion. Managing carbon in soil is challenging, but we can better understand the mechanisms involved by using sophisticated molecular tools. This results in better management and protection of the world’s most valuable and understated natural resource.

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Location: Room AA160  /  Time: 12:00 to 1:15 pm

Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Research Recognition Award 2018

Artur Izmaylov, Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences:

Developments in quantum chemistry on a quantum computer

Understanding electronic states in molecules is crucial to the design of new chemical compounds, but classical computers are quickly overwhelmed by the complex task. Recent methods attempting to solve this problem are either too demanding to be implemented with current hardware or insufficient for accessing the required molecular states. Professor Izmaylov’s research group resolved this issue using a quantum computer that allows molecular electronic states to be obtained at a higher quality—even when dealing with only 8 qubits of data!

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018

Location: Room AA160  /  Time: 12:00 to 1:15 pm

Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Research Excellence Faculty Scholar 2017-2020

Jeffrey Pilcher, Department of Historical and Cultural Studies:

Tasting the global city: How Scarborough became a mecca for multicultural food

Scarborough is renowned for its diverse and delicious cuisine, which is no surprise, given its status as North America’s leading destination for immigrants and refugees. But to prepare family recipes, newcomers need culinary infrastructure such as supply chains and certification regimes for halal meats. Learn about research from U of T Scarborough’s new Food Studies program and the Culinaria Research Centre that is dedicated to mapping and analyzing Scarborough’s restaurants, groceries, gardens, festivals, and everyday home cooking.

Date: Thursday, November 22, 2018

Location: Room AA160  /  Time: 12:00 to 1:15 pm