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  • Experiential education exemplified through Earth Sciences field trip

    The cold weather didn’t stop a group of students from making a trip up north this April.

    Hernan Ugalde, Adjunct Professor for the Department of Earth Sciences, led the group of nine students to 10 different locations in the Bracebridge area as part of a field trip for ERSC 4P01 – Advanced Structural Geology.

    After securing a Teaching and Learning Innovation (TALI) grant, Ugalde planned out the trip so his students could apply the concepts they learned in class to real-world scenarios.

    In its third-year prerequisite, students focus more on the basic concepts of how rocks fracture and deform from a strain or stress point of view. This course further teaches students about additional concepts regarding the deformation of rock, with more of an emphasis on ductile deformation (i.e. how rocks fold) and the field recognition and description of all these features.

    “Geology is all about recognizing features in the field,” said Ugalde. “And while you can show pictures of how things look like in real life, that is never the same as seeing them on a fresh or weathered rock face.”

    “Most of the time you have a combination of features (e.g. a fold that has been deformed by joints or fractures after), and you can’t really replicate these features with photos on the screen,” he added.

    One week before the trip, Ugalde travelled to the area and scouted out locations for the students to examine. At each location, students are given a brief explanation on the geological context for that site and are then asked to look at the rock face and give an overview of what they saw (e.g. what kind of rocks, what kind of deformation features).

    Students then took measurements with their compasses which were later processed through compilation diagrams. These diagrams give an idea on the main directions of stress that each site has suffered. The measurements also help in forming a 3D view from the outcrop itself and provide insight into important quantitative measurements as well.

    As a follow-up, the students who attended the trip work on a report that will provide a summary of the location, geology, sketches, measurements for all 10 sites.

    The trip itself is an example of the many experiential education opportunities that are available for students in the Faculty of Math and Science both inside and outside the classroom.

    What Students Have to Say:

    “I found it very beneficial to apply the theoretical knowledge learned in lectures and labs, to real-life situations you would see in the workforce.” – Brendan Llew-Williams

    “I feel that I have learned more than I have over a semester of learning. Being able to visualize and find diagnostic properties within a rock formation rather than looking at diagrams from a lecture was, to me, so much more beneficial.” – Thomas Henley

    “The field trip was invaluable, especially for structural geology.  Some of the concepts learned in a lecture setting aren’t easily grasped until you can see them in real life.” – Nate Sabourin

     

     

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  • Exploring Careers in Biology

    The first-ever Exploring Careers in Biology event will take place Wednesday, March 6 in Pond Inlet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Students will engage with industry professionals at this round table networking event to gain insight and advice from people who are currently working in the field.

    Registration for the event is now open and has been limited to 50 spots. Additional registrants will be placed on a waiting list and notified should a spot open up for them.

    Food will be available. Door prizes to be presented.

    Register today.

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  • Celebrate 50 Years of Earth Sciences

    Originally founded in 1968 as the Department of Geological Sciences, 50 years later, it’s time to celebrate!
    As a graduate of one of our programs, we hope that you’ll join us during Homecoming Weekend in September to reconnect and reminisce with fellow alumni, faculty and staff. We’ve arranged several events specifically for you and you won’t want to miss out!

    50 Years of Earth Sciences Symposium
    Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
    Time: 2 to 6pm
    Location: Pond Inlet, Brock University

    Learn what your fellow graduates have accomplished since graduating from Brock. We also encourage everyone to share memories of their years at Brock at the Symposium, with opportunities to socialize with one another, students, faculty and staff throughout the afternoon.
    A cash bar will be available and light refreshments will be provided.

    Earth Sciences Networking Brunch
    Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018
    Time: 11am to 1pm
    Location: Pond Inlet, Brock University

    Join us for a complimentary bite to eat – the day after our Symposium – before you head out to participate in other Homecoming activities. Share your insights and experiences with current students and recent graduates and meet the geoscientists of tomorrow as well as your fellow alumni in a more casual setting.

    REGISter HERE

    See you in September!

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  • July 17-20: Women in Physics Canada 2018 Conference

    The 7th edition of the Women in Physics Canada conference (WIPC2018) will feature interactive workshops to help you further your career, an entire afternoon dedicated to diversity issues in physics, discussion panels and scientific talks from an array of physics disciplines!

    $5000 in travel funding available – Present your funding demand before May 20, 2018.

    DATE: July 17-20, 2018

    LOCATION: Universite de Sherbrooke, Quebec

    For more information: Women in Physics Conference

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  • July 8 – Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Defence – Sarah Eleanor Walker

    Doctor of Philosophy thesis defence

    Sarah Eleanor Walker, Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend her thesis titled “Investigating the Role of MicroRNAs in Regeneration and Axonal Pathfinding” on Wednesday, July 8, at 2 p.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Wendy Ward, Chair; Robert Carlone and Gaynor Spencer, Co-Supervisors; Sarah McFarlane, External Examiner (University of Calgary); Rebecca MacPherson, Internal External Examiner; Cheryl McCormick and Aleksandar Necakov, Committee Members.

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  • June 9 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Seyedeh Parisa Torabi

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Seyedeh Parisa Torabi, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Physics, will defend her thesis titled “High Temperature Method Of Measuring Electrical And Magnetic Properties Of Europium Doped Nickel Oxide” on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 10 a.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Fereidoon S. Razavi, Supervisor; Martin Lemaire, External Examiner (Brock University); and Shyamal K. Bose and Maureen Reedyk, Committee Members.

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  • June 24 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Steven Agnelone

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Steven Angelone, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Sleepers and Creepers, Colony Polymorphisms in Metarhizium robertsii” on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at 11 a.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Michael Bidochka, Supervisor; Myron L. Smith, External Examiner (Carleton University); and Glenn Tattersall and Alan Castle, Committee Members.

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  • June 23 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Anne R. Yagi

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Anne R. Yagi, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend her thesis titled “Flood Survival Strategies of Overwintering Snakes” on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at 1 p. m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Glenn Tattersall, Supervisor; Bruce A. Kingsbury, External Examiner (Purdue University); and Fiona Hunter and Liette Vasseur, Committee Members.

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  • June 10 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Nicholas Sakich

    Nicholas Sakich, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “The Physiological and Behavioural Consequences of Reduced Scalation in Captive-bred Phenotypes of the Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps Ahl 1926)” on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1 p.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Glenn Tattersall, Supervisor; Christopher E. Oufiero, External Examiner (Towson University); and Jeff Stuart and Robert Carlone, Committee Members.

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  • June 2 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Shams A. Alkhulaif

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Shams A. Alkhulaif, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend her thesis titled “A Functional Programming Language with Patterns and Copatterns” on Tuesday, June 2 at 11 a.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Michael Winter, Supervisor; Gunther Schmidt, External Examiner (University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich, Germany); and Brian Ross and Beatrice Ombuki-Berman, Committee Members.

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  • May 26 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Huriyyah A.  Albandri

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Huriyyah A.  Albandri, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Physics, will defend her thesis titled “Electronic and Magnetic properties of MAX phase (Cr1−xGdx)2AlC and Er3AlC alloy” on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 1 p.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Fereidoon S. Razavi, Supervisor; Mark Gallagher, External Examiner (Lakehead University); and Thad A. Harroun and Maureen Reedyk, Committee Members.

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  • May 22 – PhD Thesis Defence – Larissa Barelli – Biotechnology

    Doctor of Philosophy thesis defence

    Larissa Barelli, PhD candidate in Biotechnology, will defend her thesis titled “A study on the dynamics of the symbiosis between Metarhizium and plants“ on Friday, May 22 at 1 p.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes: Wendy Ward, Chair; Michael Bidochka, Supervisor; Tariq Butt, External Examiner (Swansea University); and Doug Bruce and Paul Zelisko, Supervisory Committee Members.

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  • May 13 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Margaret Hughes – Biological Sciences

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Margaret Hughes, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend her thesis titled “Influence of perimeter plantings on plant and invertebrate diversity in vineyard ecosystems” on Wednesday, May 13 at 2 p.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Liette Vasseur, Supervisor; Lesley G. Campbell, External Examiner (Ryerson University); and Miriam Richards and Wendy McFadden-Smith, Committee Members.

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  • March 11 – PhD Thesis Defence – Parisa Abbasi

    Parisa Abbasi, PhD candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend her thesis titled “Investigating the Cluster Chemistry of α-Methyl-2-pyridine methanol (mpmH) with Select 3d Ions” on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 10 a.m. in Cairns 550.

    The examination committee includes Wendy Ward, Chair; Melanie Pilkington, Supervisor; Mark Turnbull, External Examiner (Clark University); Francine McCarthy, Internal External Examiner; and Georgii Nikonov and Costa Metallinos, Committee Members.

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