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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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  • Sept 16 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mr. Jordan Fazio

    Master of Science thesis defence, Physics

    Mr. Jordan Fazio, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Physics, will defend his thesis titled “An Analogue of the Laplace-Runge-Lenz Vector for Timelike Geodesics in Schwarzschild Spacetime” on Monday, September 16 at 1pm in MC H313.

    The examination committee includes Robert Carlone, Chair; Stephen Anco, Supervisor; Cristina Stoica, External Examiner (Wildred Laurier University); and Bozidar Mitrovic and Edward Sternin, Committee Members.

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  • Sept 18 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mr. HamidReza Nayeri

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Mr. HamidReza Nayeri, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Physics, will defend his thesis titled “Travelling Wave Solutions on a Non-zero Background for the Generalized Korteweg-de Vries Equation” on Wednesday, September 18 at 1 p.m. in WH 147.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Stephen Anco, Supervisor; Olga Trichtchenko, External Examiner (University of Western Ontario); and Kirill Samokhin and Edward Sternin, Committee Members.

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  • Sept 24 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mr. Hayden Foy

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Mr. Hayden Foy, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Application of Density Functional Theory to Study the Mechanism of Alkali Metal Enolate Oxidation by N-sulfonyloxaziridines, Umpolung Amide Synthesis from Halo-Amino-Nitro Alkanes, Alkali-Metal Catalyzed Transfer Hydrogenation of Ketones, and Asymmetric Catalyzed Aza-Henry Reactions” on Tuesday, September 24 at 9 a.m. in WH 147.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Travis Dudding, Supervisor; Nicholas Mosey, External Examiner (Queen’s University); and Melanie Pilkington and Paul Zelisko, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 2 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mr. Richard M. Le Sueur

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    Mr. Richard M. Le Sueur, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Synthesis and Investigation of Light Responsive Molecules Containing Cyclopropenium Ions” on Wednesday, October 2 at 2 p.m. in WH 147.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Travis Dudding, Supervisor; James L. Gleason, the External Examiner  (McGill University); and Martin Lemaire and Paul Zelisko, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 3 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mr. Paul Michael Pilkington

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Mr. Paul Michael Pilkington, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Earth Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “The Rise of Green Algae: Using Algal Palynomorphs as Proxies of Natural Events and Anthropogenic Activities” on Thursday, October 3 at 1 p.m. in MC D319.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Francine McCarthy, Supervisor; Laurent de Verteuil, External Examiner (P.Geo CPG, President Mundo Nuevo Limited); and Martin J. Head and Richard Cheel, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 7 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mr. Tianyu (William) Dong

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Mr. Tianyu (William) Dong, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Development of Field-deployable Nucleic Acid Testing Platforms” on Monday, October 7 at 1p.m. in MC H313.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Feng Li, Supervisor; Tao Huan, the External Examiner (University of British Columbia); and Arthur Van Der Est and Tomas Hudlicky, Committee Members.

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  • Oct 8 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Ms. Kailey Meehan

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Ms. Kailey Meehan, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biotechnology, will defend her thesis titled “The Development of a Time-Resolved, Vesicle-Based, Fluorescence Assay for the Activity of the Lipid Kinase Pik1″ on Tuesday, October 8 at 9 a.m. in Plaza 600F.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Jeffrey Atkinson, Supervisor; Julie A. Brill, External Examiner (University of Toronto); and Paul Zelisko and Aleksandar Necakov, Committee Members.

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  • Sept 11 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Mr. Patrick Zaprzala

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Mr. Patrick Zaprzala, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Role of Exopolysaccharide in Pantoea agglomerans Interactions with Bacteriophages” on Wednesday, September 11 at 11 a.m. in MC H313.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Alan Castle, Supervisor; Hany Anany, External Examiner (Guelph Research and Development Centre, AAFC); and Antonet Svircev and Aleksandar Necakov, Committee Members.

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  • Sept 9 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Justin Mark Bridgeman

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Mr. Justin Mark Bridgeman, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Behavioural Thermoregulation and Escape Behaviour: Investigating the Impact of Climate Change on Round Gobies” on Monday, September 9 at 9 a.m. in Cairns 207.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Glenn Tattersall, Supervisor; Dennis M. Higgs, External Examiner (University of Windsor); and Patricia A. Wright (University of Guelph), Gaynor Spencer and Liette Vasseur, Committee Members.

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  • Aug 22 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Devin Patrick Ward

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Devin Patrick Ward, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Biological Sciences, will defend his thesis titled “Engineering Optogenetic Control of Endocytic Recycling: Controlling Rab11 Function in Drosophila melanogaster using Engineered Light-Responsive Nanobodies” on Thursday, August 22 at 9 a.m. in PLZ 600F.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Aleksandar Necakov, Supervisor; Roger Jacobs, External Examiner (McMaster University); and Alan Castle and Heather Gordon, Committee Members.

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