Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Marlene Goldman

Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Principal's Research Award 2019

Marlene Goldman - Department of English

Empathy and the Future of Embodied Learning in Healthcare: Simulating Parkinson's Disease Tremors with the SymPulse™ Tele-Empathy Device

My talk will explore the concept of empathy and address the prevailing challenge in healthcare associated with the lack of empathy for frail elderly people on the part of healthcare professionals. I will share my current research—a SSHRC-funded grant that involves partnering with Klick Health-- an international health technology firm—to evaluate whether the use of Klick Health's SymPulse Tele-Empathy Device can repair and foster empathetic connections previously undermined by apathy, stigma and shame. (Interested participants will have a chance to try on the SymPulse Tele-Empathy Device.)

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019

Location: Room AA160  /  Time: 11:45 am to 1:15 pm

   
Cendri Hutcherson

Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Canada Research Chair in Decision Neuroscience

Cendri Hutcherson, Department of Psychology

How we decide: Algorithmic and neural insights?

How do we make decisions, and why does this process seem to leave us so often prone to temptation? Popular psychological theories often explain this as a battle between two selves, pitting shortsighted instincts against the more rational angels of our better nature. However, recent work to develop computer simulations of human choice, informed and inspired by knowledge about brain structure and function, often paints a different picture. This lecture will show how a set of simple computational algorithms describe a remarkably wide range of human and animal choice behaviours, and how knowledge of these algorithms can be used to both understand and improve the decisions we make.

Date: Thursday, Oct 24, 2019

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

Bebhinn Treanor

Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Canada Research Chair in Spatially-Resolved Biochemistry

Bebhinn Treanor, Department of Biological Sciences

How can we better design effective vaccines to prevent infectious diseases?

Vaccination is the most effective method for preventing infectious disease, and yet we lack effective vaccines against many pathogens. The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is one particularly challenging pathogen for which there is still no effective vaccine. However, advances in our understanding of this pathogen, and isolation of potent antibodies from human infections, have led to new approaches in rational vaccine design. This talk will highlight recent advances in reverse vaccinology and describe a new innovative vaccine platform designed to elicit protective antibody responses against HIV.

Date: Thursday, November 28, 2019

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

Jason Weir

Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Research Excellence Faculty Scholar 2019

Jason Weir, Department of Bilogical Sciences

Bird evolution in the Amazon and the drivers of high tropical diversity

Compared to high latitude regions like Canada, the tropics harbour a plethora of species. Did this excess of species originate from an accelerated rate at which new species evolve? Follow my lab as we explore the Amazon and the genomes of its avian inhabitants in our quest to understand the process of species formation. Along the way we will investigate how Amazonian rivers initiated formation of new species, how bird songs and genomes reveal a turtle’s pace of evolutionary change, but how these slow rates of change have ultimately won the biodiversity race to produce the highest species diversity on our planet.

Date: Thursday, January 23, 2020

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

Rutsuko Ito

Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Research Recognition Award 2019

Rutsuko Ito , Department of Psychology

The Neural Basis of Approach-Avoidance Decision-Making: Novel Insights from Animal Models

‘To approach, or not to approach?’ Many situations in life induce a state of motivational conflict in us as to whether we should approach a seemingly attractive proposition or stimulus (e.g., sumptuous chocolate cake), or whether we should avoid the very same stimulus as it may have negative consequences (e.g., weight gain). Very little is known about how the mammalian brain regulates this fundamental process of decision-making, which can potentially go awry in psychological disorders such as addiction, in which the ‘approach’ tendency takes predominant control, and others such as anxiety, which involve heightened ‘avoidance’ tendencies. This talk will discuss how recent advances in brain manipulation and monitoring techniques can be combined with animal models to provide unprecedented insight into the neural basis of approach-avoidance decision-making in health and disease.

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020

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

Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Canada Research Chair in Cultural History and Analysis

Daniel Bender, Department of Historical & Cultural Studies and Culinaria Research Centre

Lucile’s Scrapbook: Eating Around the World, 1937

This talk, an experiment in food writing, follows the journey of Lucile Mann and her husband William, the director of Washington, DC’s National Zoo, on their 1937 voyage around the world. It considers their culinary encounters, through a musing about the nature of a scrapbook, as something that tourists typically kept, but as more than a bound collection of photos and souvenirs. Scrapbooks are a way of narrating a journey. Dinners, drinks, and odors all grabbed Lucile’s attention and provided grist for the idea that she and Bill had traveled somewhere exotic.

Date: Thursday, March 12, 2020

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

RSVP

Prof. Julie McCarthy

Celebration of Research Excellence Lecture Series

Research Excellence Faculty Scholar 2018

Julie McCarthy, Department of Management

Title and Talk Information - TBA

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020 -  Cancelled - Rescheduled for Oct 29, 2020

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