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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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  • Nov 25 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – James Frank

    Master of Science thesis defence

    James Frank, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Physics, will defend his thesis titled “Deformations of Maxwell gauge field theory” on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 at 1 p.m. in MC H313.

    The examination committee includes Charles Després, Chair; Stephen Anco, Supervisor; Steven Rayan, External Examiner (University of Saskatchewan); and Alexandre Odesski and Kirill Samokhin, Committee Members.

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  • Nov 25 – Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Defence – Marina de Lima Marcolin

    Doctor of Philosophy thesis defence

    Marina de Lima Marcolin, a Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend her thesis titled “Influence of adolescent social instability stress on the intake of ethanol and sucrose in a rodent model” on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in WH 147.

    The examination committee includes Wendy Ward, Chair; Cheryl McCormick, Supervisor; Anne Konkle, External Examiner (University of Ottawa); Paul LeBlanc, Internal External Examiner, and Gaynor Spencer and Jeff Stuart, Committee Members.

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  • Nov 28 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Emily Ham

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Emily Ham, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences, will defend her thesis titled “Microplastics and microfibres in the municipal water systems and agricultural lands of the Niagara Region, Ontario” on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 at 1 pm in MC D319.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Michael Pisaric, Supervisor; Joshua Kurek, External Examiner (Mount Allison University); and Uwe Brand and Kevin Turner, Committee Members.

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  • Dec. 4 – Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Defence – Daler Baidilov

    PhD thesis defence

    Daler Baidilov, Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Chemoenzymatic Formal Total Syntheses of Tetrodotoxin and Synthetic Approach to Daphenylline” on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at 11am in GSB 208.

    The examination committee includes Wendy Ward, Chair; Tomas Hudlicky, Supervisor; Marco Ciufolini, External Examiner (University of British Columbia); Alan Castle, Internal External Examiner; and Costa Metallinos and Arthur Van Der Est, committee members.

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  • August 2: Master of Science thesis defence

    Biological Sciences student Moustafa Zeidan will defend his Master of Science thesis, “Testosterone’s regulation of the HPA axis differs for adolescent and adult male rats” by via conference Thursday, August 2 at 11 a.m. in MC H313.

    The examination committee includes Kirill Samokhin, chair; Ashley Monks, external examiner (University of Toronto); Cheryl McCormick, supervisor; Gaynor Spencer and Glenn Tattersall.

    August 2 Thesis Defence

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  • July 12: Chemistry Seminar Series – Henning Jacob Jessen

    Department of Chemistry – Seminar Series

    Henning Jacob Jessen
    Chair of Bioorganic Chemistry
    Institute of Organic Chemistry
    Albert-Ludwigs-University, Freiburg Germany

    DATE: Thursday, July 12

    TIME: noon

    LOCATION: MC H313

    Chemistry Seminar Series – July 12

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  • July 30: Chemistry Seminar Series – Marcus Tius

    Department of Chemistry – Seminar Series

    Marcus A. Tius
    Associate Member
    Cancer Biology Program
    University of Hawaii Cancer Centre

    DATE: Monday, July 30

    TIME: noon

    LOCATION: H313

    Chemistry Seminar Series – July 30

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