Welcome to Our 2020 Adventures
Something for everyone:
Scientific advances, social issues, general knowledge
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The lectures will take place on alternate Thursday mornings from 9:30 am (social) for 10 am (start) to around noon. commencing March 12, 2020, in the Trinity United Church Hall, 400 Stevenson St. N, Guelph
Talk to the Animals
University of Guelph Professor Emeritus Ian Duncan is a pioneer of animal welfare science, and has spent much of his career developing methods to “ask” farm animals what they feel about conditions in which they are kept and the procedures to which they are subjected.
Controlled Environments in Space
The research of Professor Mike Dixon, Director of the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF) at the University of Guelph is focused on plant growth in controlled environments. He explains how his facility is developing biological life support systems for application in space exploration.
Beyond subsistence farming
University of Guelph Professor Manish Raizada has developed low cost echnologies that help farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia to utilize natural, biological resources in place of synthetic nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides. Working with farmers on the steep hillsides in the foothills to the Himalayas in Nepal, his team have been able to increase yields and fight climate change.
The menstrual enigma: it’s role in mammalian evolution
University of Guelph Professor Emeritus Vernon Thomas explains how the science of understanding the role of menstruation and the placenta in fetal development is still evolving. During pregnancy, at least a quarter of a mother’s blood flow supplies the placenta. The physiological events controlling this are mirrored in menstruation.
Meet the Woman who Loves Giraffes
. . . and see the movie!
After we’ve viewed the movie, University of Waterloo zoologist, biologist, feminist, author and recent recipient of the Order of Canada
Anne Innis Dagg will answer questions about her research and the slowly evolving gender-biased world of academia and work environment that still falls short in supporting female researchers.
Joint bio-mechanics and replacement therapy
Over a life time, how many times do you flex and extend your knees? Through his research into simulation of cartilage, muscle and ligament loading during dynamic movement, University of Guelph Assistant Professor Scott Brandon demonstrates how bio-mechanical analysis
can detect abnormal human movement patterns, and help individuals with mobility challenges.
Magni nominis umbra: the Legacy of the Ancient World in the 21st Century
This lecture will trace ways in which the echoes of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome can be found in our daily lives. University of Guelph Assistant Professor John Walsh will examine the legacy of these supposedly long-dead cultures as they exist around us today. Some of our most important institutions—our government, legal system and language--obviously owe a great debt to the past. In the sometimes mundane ways we may take for granted, the living legacy of the worlds of Julius Caesar and Alexander the Great continue to have a profound and fascinating place in 21st Century Guelph.
The Future of Climate Policy?
Keeping fossil fuels in the ground Waterloo University Associate Professor Angela Carter explores new approaches to climate policy, with a wave of countries banning exploration, including France, Belize, Denmark, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, and Germany. She reflects on what this might mean for Canada, a major fossil fuel producer, and our “petroprovinces.”
Building a city from scratch
For 44 years after the devastation of WWll, Berlin evolved under two very different regimes. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the city needed to be rebuilt. Architecture Professor Shermeen Begg of University of Toronto will focus on some key buildings that changed the city’s landscape as seen through the lens of some “starchitects” like Daniel Libeskind, Norman Foster, Peter Eisenman and more.
Prerequisites for civil life:
Functioning drains and empowering women What happens to the dirty bathwater when the world's cities and their populations take a shower, and by deduction, ultimately to modern civilization itself, depends, more than you’d think, on the efforts of environmental engineers and the global education of women. U of G Professor Emeritus, and Founding President of Computational Hydraulics International, Bill James gives his perspective on the endurance of modern civilization.
Corporate Social Responsibility and its Role in Food Security
With her longstanding interest in food resources and food security and sustainability, Professor Erna Van Duren will discuss her work with industry associations and a variety of organizations on policy and economic analysis and strategy development.
The Guelph University Human Anatomy Lab.
Associate Professor Lorraine Jadeski heads the Guelph University’s highly rated human anatomy lab. She will describe the University’s program for human medical dissection and
human body donation program
Creating Aspen Grove
Aspen Grove is a 5 acre Guelph garden that acclaimed author, botanist, and master gardener Robert Pavlis began to develop in 2005. With the aid of before and after pictures, Robert shows how he used the site features to coax a beautiful haven out of the site that has matured to include both a dry and a wet waterfall, a pond, sunny perennial gardens, shade gardens rock gardens and shrub gardens.
Rush to Danger
Through his book of the above title, best selling author and military historian Ted Barris explores the experiences of stretcher bearers, medical corpsmen, ambulance drivers, and other military frontline responders in the evolution of battlefield medicine at such historic engagements as Fredericksburg, the Ypres Salient, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Dieppe, Normandy, Falaise, Bastogne, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan. Barris’s sources reveal why men and women sporting the red cross on their helmets or sleeves didn’t flee to safety but chose instead to rush to assist.