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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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  • Oct 14 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Jessie L. de Haan

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Jessie L. de Haan, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend her thesis titled “The ecological and physiological consequences of sun vs. shade nesting for the small carpenter bee, Ceratina calcarata, and their offspring” on Thursday, Oct 14, 2021 at 10:30 a.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Maureen Reedyk, Chair; Miriam Richards, Supervisor; Brent J. Sinclair, External Examiner (Western University); and Gaynor Spencer and Glenn Tattersall, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 14 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Maysara Al Jumaily

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Maysara Al Jumaily, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “Optimal Quaternary Hermitian Linear Complementary Dual Codes for Entanglement-Assisted Quantum Error

    Correction ” on Thursday, Oct 14, 2021 at 9 a.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Sheridan Houghten, Supervisor; Daniel Ashlock, External Examiner (University of Guelph); and Michael Winter and Ke Qiu, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 8 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Michael Cosco

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Michael Cosco, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Physics, will defend his thesis titled “Optical Study of (Nb0.5 In0.5)0:02 Ti0.98 O2 Crystals” on Friday, Oct 8, 2021 at 1 p.m. in virtual format.

     

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; David Crandles, Supervisor; Christopher Homes, External Examiner (Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY); and Maureen Reedyk and Edward Sternin, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 7 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Farzaneh HajSoltan

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Farzaneh HajSoltan, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences, will defend her thesis titled “Paleoceanography across the Pliocene–Pleistocene transition in the southern Bering Sea: dinoflagellate cysts and acritarchs from IODP Site U1341” on Thursday, Oct 7, 2021 at 1 p.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Martin J. Head, Supervisor; Elisabeth Levac, External Examiner (Bishop’s University); and Richard Cheer and Kevin Turner, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 5 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Yi Wang

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Yi Wang, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “AN IMPLEMENTATION OF SEPARATION LOGIC IN COQ ” on Tuesday, Oct 5, 2021 at 11 a.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Michael Winter, Supervisor; Ethan Jackson, External Examiner (Vector Institute); and Naser Ezzati-Jivan and Robson De Grande, Committee Members.

     

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  • Oct 6 – Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Defence – Radesh Nattamai Malli Pooranachandhir

    Doctor of Philosophy thesis defence

    Radesh Nattamai Malli Pooranachandhir, Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Centre for Biotechnology, will defend his thesis titled “De novo sequencing, annotation, and characterization of the genome of Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender)” on Wednesday, Oct 6, 2021 at 2 pm, in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Brian D. Roy, Chair; Ping Liang and Soheil Mahmoud (UBC), Co-Supervisors; Igor Kovalchuk, External Examiner (University of Lethbridge); Yifeng Li, Internal External Examiner; Heather Gordon and Vincenzo De Luca, Supervisory Committee Members.

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  • Sept 28 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Umme Salma

    Master of Science thesis defence

     

    Umme Salma, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend her thesis titled “Evolving Passive Solar Buildings Using Multi-Behavioral Diversity Search Strategies ” on Tuesday, Sept 28, 2021 at 3 p.m. in virtual format.

     

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Brian J. Ross, Supervisor; Robson De Grande, External Examiner (Brock University); and Sheridan Houghten and Renata Queiroz Dividino, Committee Members.

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  • Sept 28 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Cody Dennis

    Master of Science thesis defence

     

    Cody Dennis, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “Landscape Aware Algorithm Configuration” on Tuesday, Sept 28, 2021 at 11 a.m. in virtual format.

     

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Beatrice Ombuki-Berman, Supervisor; Yifeng Li, External Examiner (Brock University); and Brian J. Ross and Kyle Harrison, Committee Members.

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  • Sept 24 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Sheikh Faishal Basher

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Sheikh Faishal Basher, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “Managing Diversity and Multiple Objectives in Evolutionary Design” on Friday, Sept 24, 2021 at 10 a.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Brian J. Ross, Supervisor; Naser Ezzati-Jivan, External Examiner (Brock University); and Beatrice Ombuki-Berman and Ke Qiu, Committee Members.

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  • Sept 23 – Master of Science thesis defence – Mohamed Lahbib ben Kalifa

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Mohamed Lahbib ben Kalifa, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Selecting cover crop species for vineyards of the Niagara region” on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 at 1 p.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Liette Vasseur, Supervisor; Mehdi Sharifi, External Examiner (AAFC); and Sudarsana Poojari and Justin Renkema, Committee Members.

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