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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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  • Feb 3 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mohaimin Ehsan

    Master of Science thesis defence in Computer Science

    Mohaimin Ehsan, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “Priority-Based Resource Allocation Model for Vehicular Fog Computing ” on Friday, Feb. 3 at 2:30 pm., in MC J404.

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

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  • Feb 2 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Derek Hon

    Master of Science thesis defence in Computer Science

    Derek Hon, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “Distributed MAP-Elites and its Application in Evolutionary Design” on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 2 pm., in MC J404.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Brian Ross, Supervisor; Ali Emami, External Examiner (Brock University); and Robson De Grande and Ke Qiu, Committee Members.

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  • Feb 1 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mohammed Adib

    Master of Science thesis defence in Computer Science

    Mohammed Adib Khan, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “Time-Series Trend-Based Multi-Level Adaptive Tracing” on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 9:30 am., in WH208.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Naser Ezzati-Jivan, Supervisor; Ali Emami, External Examiner (Brock University); and Robson De Grande and Renata Queiroz Dividino, Committee Members.

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  • Jan 30 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mubashir Murshed

    Master of Science thesis defence in Computer Science

    Mubashir Murshed, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “Reinforcement Learning-based User-centric Handover decision-making in 5G Vehicular Networks ” on Monday, Jan. 30 at 3:15 pm., in STH 215.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Robson De Grande, Supervisor; Naser Ezzati-Jivan, External Examiner (Brock University); and Glaucio Haroldo Silva de Carvalho and Renata Queiroz Dividino, Committee Members.

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  • Jan 23 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Muhetaer Mukaidaisi

    Master of Science thesis defence in Computer Science

    Muhetaer Mukaidaisi, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend her thesis titled “Protein-Ligand Binding Affinity Directed Multi-Objective Drug Design Based on Fragment Representation Methods” on Monday, Jan. 23 at 12:00 pm., in PL 600F.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Yifeng Li and Renata Queiroz Dividino, Co-Supervisors; Ping Liang, External Examiner (Brock University); and Sheridan Houghten and Naser Ezzati-Jivan, Committee Members.

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  • Jan 18 – Master of Science Thesis Defence — Jeremy Brett Blanchard

    Master of Science thesis defence in Statistics

    Jeremy Brett Blanchard, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, will defend his thesis titled “Enhancing Lexical Sentiment Analysis using LASSO Style Regularization” on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 11:00 am., virtually.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; William Marshall, Supervisor; Ali Emami, External Examiner (Brock University); and Henryk Fuks and Pouria Ramazi, Committee Members.

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  • Nov 2 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Vansh AnkitBhai Mehta

    Master of Science thesis defence in Biotechnology

     

    Vansh AnkitBhai Mehta, a Master of Science candidate in the Centre for Biotechnology, will defend his thesis titled “A surface plasmon resonance investigation of the role of bilayer phospholipids in the binding and ligand interactions of the ⍺-tocopherol transfer protein” on Wednesday, Nov . 2 at 10:30 am., in WH 147, in hybrid format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Jeffrey Atkinson, Supervisor; Tim Levine, External Examiner (University College London); and Paul Zelisko and Aleksandar Necakov, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 20 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Sean Wilson

    Master of Science thesis defence in Chemistry:

    Sean Wilson, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Synthesis of a Photocleavable Bolalipid for the study of the roles of Phospholipid Transfer Proteins and Phosphatidylinositol Lipid Kinases” on Thursday, Oct 20, 2022 at 11:30 a.m., virtually.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Jeffrey Atkinson, Supervisor; Simon Drescher, External Examiner (Phospholipid Research Center); and Paul Zelisko and Travis Dudding, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 18 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mohammad Ahmadi

    Master of Science thesis defence in Physics:

    Mohammad Ahmadi, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Physics, will defend his thesis titled “Low-dimensional purple and blue bronzes: Crystal growth, characterization and optical properties” on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022 at 2 p.m. in WH 147, in hybrid format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Maureen Reedyk, Supervisor; David Broun, External Examiner (Simon Fraser University); and David Crandles and Fereidoon Razavi, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 19 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Jared Thomson

    Master of Science thesis defence in Chemistry:

    Jared Thomson, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Semi-synthesis of Unnatural Narciclasine Derivatives” on Wednesday, Oct 19, 2022 at 12:30 p.m., virtually.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Costa Metallinos, Interim Supervisor; Dennis L. Wright, External Examiner (University of Connecticut); and Hongbin (Tony) Yan and Georgii Nikonov, Committee Members.

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