Research is reshaping the way we live and think. Meet distinguished members of the faculties at UVic and learn about their research interests. Find out what's new and shape your understanding of the world around you.
The series is presented in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Division of Continuing Studies and the Faculties of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies, Humanities, Law, Science and Social Sciences.
All lectures are held at the Greater Victoria Public Library, Central Branch, 735 Broughton Street. Parking is available underground and you are welcome to bring a bag lunch.
Online and phone registration will open on December 12th, 2013. If you are unable to attend a lecture for which you have registered please let us know so that we can offer a seat to someone else.
Sound and Vision
Friday, January 17: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Paul Walde, MA, Department of Visual Arts
Course Code: ASDS267 2014S E01
Though trained as a visual artist, Paul Walde's latest work incorporates sound and music. In this lecture he will chart his progression from a maker of static objects to an intermedia practice where elements of various media come into contact with one another to create new art forms.
Paul Walde is an intermedia artist whose body of work suggests unexpected interconnections between landscape, identity, and technology. He was the Artistic Director and Visual Arts curator of LOLA, the London Ontario Live Arts Festival before relocating to Victoria, BC where he is currently an Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria. Walde is also founding member of Audio Lodge, a Canadian experimental sound art collective. This past summer he completed Requiem for a Glacier a site specific sound performance featuring a 55 piece choir and orchestra live on the Farnham Glacier in the Purcell Mountains.
Energy Efficient Aircraft Design: From Fluttering Wings to Morphing Flight
Friday, January 24: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Afzal Suleman, PhD, PEng, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Course Code: ASDS281 2014S E01
In this lecture Dr. Suleman will focus on novel and energy efficient air vehicle configurations based on the science of biomimetics to enable cost-effective air transportation. A multidisciplinary analysis and design optimization environment includes analysis of novel configurations, such as the joined-wing concept for improved lift, and morphing wing solutions to tailor the wing for optimum lift and maneuvering capabilities. He will also briefly present on the newly created Centre for Aerospace Research (AERO) at the University of Victoria. AERO is funded by the Western Economic Diversification Program for research and development in the area of Unmanned Air Vehicles and their applications in the civilian market.
Afzal Suleman obtained his BSc (Honours) and MSc in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College at the University of London in the UK followed by a PhD in Space Dynamics in 1992 from the University of British Columbia. Following the completion of the PhD, he attended the International Space University and completed the Advanced Space Studies Program in Japan in the summer of 1992. Next, he was awarded the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Fellowship in the USA for a period of two years (1992-1994) to further his research in Advanced Aerospace Structures at Wright-Patterson AFB, U.S. Air Force.Â In 2000, Afzal Suleman joined the Faculty of Engineering in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria where currently he is Professor. At UVic, he has previously been Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Engineering (2005-2009) and also Associate Vice President Research (2009-2010).Â In the international arena, he has been national delegate at both the United Nations Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN-COPUOS), and he is currently the national delegate at NATO Research and Technology Organization Applied Vehicle Technology (AVT-RTO).
Digital Reading Devices in Today's Classrooms: Challenges and Opportunities
Friday, January 31: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
James Nahachewsky, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Course Code: ASDS280 2014S E01
As the tail end of the 'Millennial Generation' enters middle and secondary schools across Canada, classrooms are being populated with technologies, such as iPads and e-Readers, which hold the potential to radically alter traditional approaches to reading and learning. This presentation explores the cognitive, physical and social challenges and opportunities that these digital devices are posing in contemporary classrooms.
Dr. James Nahachewsky is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. He was a middle years and high school English teacher in Saskatchewan before completing his PhD at the University of Alberta and coming to UVic. Currently, he teaches and researches in the areas of language and literacy, and curriculum theory with a focus on new literacies, presenting and publishing nationally and internationally on his research. James is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Youth and Society, an associated researcher with the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at UVic, and he serves on the editorial board of English Quarterly and the Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada executive committee.
The Economics of Marijuana Legalization
Friday, February 14: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
David Scoones, PhD, Chair, Department of Economics
Course Code: ASDS240 2014S E02
In the past century, marijuana was banned by governments around the world. Despite increasingly severe sanctions, recreational use grew steadily. Recently, various jurisdictions have exempted medical marijuana and now many are considering also legalizing recreational marijuana. In 2012, both Washington and Colorado legalized recreational marijuana. The Liberal Party of Canada has adopted legalization into its policy platform. Among many aspects, the economics of legalization — in particular its effect on government budgets — appears to have swayed voters in Colorado and Washington. The lecture will discuss recent changes to laws elsewhere, and explore the potential economic consequences of marijuana legalization in Canada.
Dr. David Scoones is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Economics at the University of Victoria. His research includes work in labour economics, industrial organization and conflict economics.
Enterprising Nature: Should We Monetize Nature in Order to Save it?
Friday, February 21: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Jessica Dempsey, PhD, School of Environmental Studies
Course Code: ASDS240 2014S E01
Will monetarily valuing and commodifying non-human nature save it? The answer in nature conservation circles is increasingly, and more loudly, becoming "yes". In this talk Dr. Dempsey will shed critical insight on this emerging approach, and engage with the challenges: scientific and technical, but also political and economic.
Jessica Dempsey is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, and long-time participant in international biodiversity politics. As co-founder of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Alliance, she has participated in the last thirteen major negotiations of the CBD and worked with many NGOs and social movements (from the North and South) to develop analysis and position papers on global biodiversity issues. Her research on the rise of ecosystem service and market-oriented conservation appears in journals like Environment and Planning A, Geoforum, and Progress in Human Geography. Jessica has written on these subjects for non-academic audiences in many policy briefings as well as for the Canadian magazine Alternatives and international magazines such as Third World Resurgence. A book emerging out of her doctoral research, titled Enterprising Nature, is slated to be published in 2014, by Wiley-Blackwell in the Antipode book series. Many scholarships and awards support her academic work, including the Trudeau scholarship (for doctoral research), and most recently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research grant that will focus on the growth in "for-profit conservation".
Cosmological Mysteries: The Invisible Matter and Forces that Shaped our Universe
Friday, February 28: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Julio Navarro, PhD, Department of Physics and Astronomy, UVic, and Fellow, Royal Society of Canada and Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
Course Code: ASDS268 2014S E01
Cosmology is the study of how the Universe began and how its structures formed and evolved. In this talk, Dr. Navarro will briefly recount how, over the past few decades, scientists have developed the first empirically verifiable account of the Universe's history. In this account, the ordinary matter that makes stars and planets is an insignificant ingredient of the Universe's matter and energy content, which is dominated by an invisible force that dominates the universal expansion and a form of invisible matter that holds galaxies together. He will discuss the observations and theories that have shaped this cosmological paradigm, the enigmas they have uncovered, and what they tell us about the fate and origin of the Universe.
Julio Navarro is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Victoria. He received his PhD from the University of Córdoba in Argentina in 1990, and joined the University of Victoria in 1998. Prior to joining UVic, he held research appointments at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the University of Arizona in the USA, as well as Cambridge University and Durham University in the UK. Prof. Navarro received a Fellowship from the Sloan Foundation in 1999 and from the Guggenheim Foundation in 2003. In 2004, he was awarded a UK Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professorship and the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Prize from the Humboldt Foundation. He was elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society of Canada in 2011, and is currently a Senior Fellow at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
The 'Angle' of England: East Anglia in the Early Middle Ages
Friday, March 7: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Joseph Grossi, PhD, Department of English
Course Code: ASDS259 2014S E01
Throughout much of the Anglo-Saxon period in England, from the seventh to the late eleventh century, the kingdom of East Anglia stood out as being distinctive from other kingdoms, sometimes dangerously so. The Venerable Bede lamented its tolerance of heathenism alongside Christianity, and later contributors to the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle must have wondered how truly 'English' this district could be in the aftermath of the Viking settlements of the ninth century. Although East Anglian saints like Guthlac, Fursey, Edmund and Etheldreda did much to redeem the kingdom for inclusion within a unified Christian English Church, it was precisely the local influence of their cults that slowed the unification of the English nation. In the 1070s, when Hereward the Wake launched his Fenland raids against the forces of William the Conqueror, he was only renewing the resistance to nationalism that had long marked this 'corner' of England, which itself was a far-flung land that the German chronicler Thietmar of Merseberg relegated to a mere 'corner of this earth' (_in angulo istius terrae_).
Joseph Grossi was born and raised in Providence, Rhode Island, did his undergraduate training at a small Catholic university in that city, and went on for postgraduate work at Ohio State University, where he received the PhD in 1999. Following a stint as an English-language instructor in Genoa, Italy and ten years' teaching of medieval literature back in Rhode Island and then at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York, he moved to Victoria with his wife, Marina Bettaglio (also a faculty member at UVic) and their two children. He's been employed at UVic since January 2008 and since last year has held a tenure-track assistant professorship that allows him to teach in the English Department, the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies, and the Medieval Studies Program. His presentation derives from a book-in-progress on East Anglia in the Anglo-Saxon literary imagination."
Be the Change You Want to See: Can You Make a Difference?
Friday, March 28: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Reuven Sussman, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology
Course Code: ASDS279 2014S E01
One person turning off their lights or leaving their car at home may not make a big environmental difference, but the power of seeing people engage in this kind of action can be dramatic! This lecture will show you how to become an agent of social change using psychology research conducted at UVic and abroad.
As a PhD candidate in the areas of social and environmental psychology, Reuven Sussman has published several studies that apply the principles of social psychology to environmental sustainability. He has a particular interest in why humans behave in environmentally unsustainable ways, and what can be done to change these behaviours. Prior to moving to Victoria, he spent two years doing neuropsychological/pharmacological research at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Freedom of Conscience and Religion: Why Should We Care About it?
Friday, April 4: 12:30 to 1:45pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Mary Anne Waldron, QC, Faculty of Law
Course Code: ASDS255 2014S E01
In this talk, Professor Waldron will discuss the evolution in Canada of the legal interpretation of the Charter protection of freedom of conscience and religion and the relationship of this fundamental freedom to the functioning of the democratic state. She will give particular emphasis to recent events and recent legal decisions that affect these rights.
Professor Mary Anne Waldron, QC was appointed to the Faculty of Law as an assistant professor in 1976 and promoted to professor in 1992. She served as Associate Dean of the faculty from 1988 to 1990 and Acting Dean from 1993 to 1994. In January 2000, she was appointed to the position of Associate Vice-President Legal Affairs for the University of Victoria and remained in that position until January 2009, returning to the Faculty of Law in July 2010. Her teaching interests include Contracts, Commercial Law, Legal Skills and Legal Ethics. She has twice received the Faculty of Law's Terry J. Wuester Teaching Award. She is the author of numerous articles on commercial law subjects, particularly in the area of regulating interest in lending transactions. She is the author of the Law of Interest in Canada and co-author (with Professor S.M. Waddams and others) of Cases and Materials on Contracts (4th ed.). She has been a member of several working groups for the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, recommending reforms to criminal interest provisions of the Criminal Code and reforms to the Interest Act. Professor Waldron also has research interests related to freedom of conscience and religion. From 2009 to 2010, she was a visiting fellow at the University of Victoria's Centre for Studies in Religion and Society. Her book, Free to Believe: Rethinking Freedom of Conscience and Religion in Canada was released by University of Toronto Press in May, 2013.