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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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  • Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Defence – Ivor Smajlagic – April 30

    Doctor of Philosophy thesis defence

    Ivor Smajlagic, Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Synthesis of Cyclopropenium-Appended Organocatalysts and Applications” on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 1 p.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Brian D. Roy, Chair; Travis Dudding, Supervisor; Michael K. Denk, External Examiner (University of Guelph); Francine McCarthy, Internal External Examiner; Arthur van der Est and Paul Zelisko, Committee Members.

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  • Doctor of Philosophy Thesis Defence – Guan (Alex) Wang – April 27

    Doctor of Philosophy thesis defence

    Guan (Alex) Wang, Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Dynamic DNA Nanotechnology for Probing Single Nucleotide Variants and DNA Modifications” on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at 11 a.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Brian D. Roy, Chair; Feng Li, Supervisor; Hanadi Sleiman, External Examiner (McGill University); Jeff Stuart, Internal External Examiner; Melanie Pilkington and Georgii Nikonov, Committee Members.

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  • Master of Science Thesis Defence – Bhavana Uppalapati – April 21

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Bhavana Uppalapati, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend her thesis titled “Synthetic Approaches to C-1 Derivatives of Pancratistatin” on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 9:30 a.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Tomas Hudlicky, Supervisor; James McNulty, External Examiner (McMaster University); and Hongbin (Tony) Yan and Paul Zelisko, Committee Members.

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  • March 4 – Master of Science Thesis Defence – Eunike Hilson

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Eunike Ilona (Ilona) Hilson, a Master of Science candidate in the Centre for Biotechnology, will defend her thesis titled “Analysis of cellular responses to microwave irradiation in E. coli and change of oxygen level and culture medium in human cancer cell lines using RNA-seq based transcriptomic profiling” on Thursday, March 4, 2021, at 9 a.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Ping Liang, Supervisor; Qianqian Zhu, External Examiner (Roswell Park Cancer Institute, NY); and Jeffrey Stuart and Hongbin (Tony) Yan, Committee Members.

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  • March 12 – Doctor of Philosophy thesis defence – Steven C. Gayder – Biotechnology

    Doctor of Philosophy thesis defence

    Steven C. Gayder, Doctor of Philosophy candidate in the Centre for Biotechnology, will defend his thesis titled “Interactions and Population Dynamics Between Erwinia amylovoraPantoea agglomerans, and their Bacteriophages for Effective Phage Therapy” on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 1 p.m., in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Brian D. Roy, Chair; Alan Castle and Antonet Svircev, Co-Supervisors; Jason J. Gill, External Examiner (Texas A&M University); Ana Sanchez, Internal External Examiner; Jeffrey Atkinson and Jonathan Griffiths, Committee Members.

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  • Master of Science Thesis Defences – Haimeng (Jerry) Tang Feb 10 – Tyler Crane Feb 11

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Haimeng (Jerry) Tang, a Master of Science candidate in the Centre for Biotechnology, will defend his thesis titled “Analysis of the effect of genetic heterogeneity on de novo genome assembly using Xylocopa virginica as a model” on Wed, Feb. 10, 2021, at 9 a.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Ping Liang, Supervisor; Yifeng Li, External Examiner (Dept. of Computer Sciences, Brock University); and Adonis Skandalis and Feng Li, Committee Members.

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Tyler Crane, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “Analysis of the Niching Particle Swarm

    Optimization Algorithm” on Thurs, Feb. 11, 2021, at 2:30 p.m. in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Betty Ombuki-Berman, Supervisor; Charlie Obimbo, External Examiner (Guelph University); and Brian Ross and Robson De Grande, Committee Members.

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  • Master of Science Thesis Defences – Connor Li, Yasaman Hosseini, Brenden Matthew Carlson

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Connor Li, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Computer Science, will defend his thesis titled “IMPROVING BWA-MEM WITH GPU PARALLEL COMPUTING” on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Ke Qiu and Ping Liang, Co-Supervisors; Yifeng Li, External Examiner (Brock University); and Sheridan Houghten and Robson de Grande, Committee Members.

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Yasaman Hosseini, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend her thesis titled “Synthesis and Evaluation of Trans-bilayer Cross Linking Phospholipids Based on Click (Azide-alkyne) Chemistry” on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Jeffrey Atkinson, Supervisor; Vincenzo De Luca, External Examiner (Brock University, Dept. of Biological Sciences); and Feng Li and Tomas Hudlicky, Committee Members.

    Master of Science thesis defence

    Brenden Matthew Carlson, a Master of Science candidate in the Department of Chemistry, will defend his thesis titled “Hydroamidation of Vinyl Ethers by Acid-Catalyzed

    Multicomponent Isocyanide Addition” on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, in virtual format.

    The examination committee includes Cheryl McCormick, Chair; Travis Dudding, Supervisor; Ryan Hili, External Examiner (York University); and Melanie Pilkington and Costa Metallinos, Committee Members.

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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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