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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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  • Jan 18 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Xuhao (Eric) Chen

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Xuhao (Eric) Chen, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “Neural Network Guided Evolution of L-system Plants” on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at 1 p.m., in virtual format.

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

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  • Jan 6 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Leah de Felice Renton

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Leah de Felice Renton, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend her thesis titled “Hard Pressed To Find A Difference:

    Evaluating the total tannin content of Cabernet franc L cv. wines, made using pre- and post-fermentation pressing treatments” on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 at 1 p.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Debra L. Inglis and Belinda Kemp, Co-Supervisors; Karine Pedneault, External Examiner (University of Sainte-Anne); and Heather Gordon and Vincenzo De Luca, Committee Members.

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  • Jan 8 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Michael Tolentino

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Michael Tolentino, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Involvement of the Endocannabinoid System in the Ependymoglial Response to Spinal Cord Regeneration in the Mexican Axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum ” on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 at 11 a.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Robert Carlone, Supervisor; Val A. Fajardo, External Examiner (Department of Kinesiology, Brock University); and Aleksander Necakov and Gaynor Spencer, Committee Members.

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  • Dec 22 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Michael Dubé

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Michael Dubé, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “Epidemic Simulation and Mitigation via Evolutionary Computation” on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020 at 9 a.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Sheridan Houghten, Supervisor; Richard Allmendinger, External Examiner (University of Manchester, UK); and Ke Qiu and Brian J. Ross, Committee Members.

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  • Dec 14 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mitchell D. Clark

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Mitchell D. Clark, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “Comparative Study On Cooperative Particle Swarm Optimization Decomposition Methods for Large-scale Optimization” on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 at 10 a.m. in virtual format.

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

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  • Nov 4 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Alex N. M. Proulx

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Alex N. M. Proulx, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Demography and molecular ecology of the solitary halictid Lasioglossum zonulum: with observations on Lasioglossum leucozonium” on Wednesday, Nov. 4 2020 at 1 p.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Miriam Richards, Supervisor; Jess Vickruck, External Examiner (AAFC); and Fiona Hunter and Alan Castle, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 14 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Ngan (Nan) Tran

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Ngan (Nan) Tran, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend her thesis titled “N–Phenyl Pyrroloimidazolone Derivatives for Stereoselective Birch Reduction and Chiral NHC–Iridium Complexation” on Wednesday, Oct. 14 at 10 a.m. The defence will take place virtually.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Costa Metallinos, Supervisor; Ian Pottie, External Examiner (Mount St. Vincent University); and Tomas Hudlicky and Paul Zelisko, Committee Members.

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  • Sept 29 – Doctor of Philosophy – Chemistry – Vincenzo Ticli

    Doctor of Philosophy thesis defence

    Vincenzo Ticli, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Approaches towards C-10-hydroxylated analogues of narciclasine” on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 4 p.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Brian Roy, Chair; Tomas Hudlicky, Supervisor; Robert A. Batey, External Examiner (University of Toronto); Vincenzo De Luca, Internal External Examiner; and Costa Metallinos and Arthur Van Der Est, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 2 – Doctor of Philosophy thesis defence – Chemistry – Maria Laura Sechi

    Doctor of Philosophy thesis defence

    Maria Laura Sechi, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend her thesis titled “Stereoselective Synthesis of N-Propargyl Alkynes and Axial Chiral N-Allenes with Epimeric Imidazolone Auxiliaries” on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 1 p.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Brian Roy, Chair; Costa Metallinos, Supervisor; Adrian L. Schwan, External Examiner (University of Guelph); Joffre Mercier, Internal External Examiner; and Melanie Pilkington and Paul Zelisko, Committee Members.

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  • Sept 14 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Taylor Lidster

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Taylor Lidster, a Master of Science candidate in the Department Biological Sciences, will defend her thesis titled “Investigating how Notch, and JAK/STAT Signaling Synergistically Regulate Intestinal Stem Cell Homeostasis Using Engineered Optogenetic Alleles” on Monday, September 14 at 11 a.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Aleksandar Necakov, Supervisor; Phillip Karpowicz, External Examiner (University of Windsor); and Jeffrey Stuart and Robert Carlone, Committee Members.

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