Poster Presentations

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on April 30th, 2018 - IB Atrium


Plenary Talk

Dan Riskin, PhD.
Co-host of Daily Planet on Discovery Canada & Adjunct Professor of Biology at UTM.

Abstract: After two decades on a traditional academic career path, I left a tenure-track faculty position in 2011 to become the co-host of a TV show about science. In this talk I talk about that decision, and share some stories from that experience which I hope will be helpful to students, graduates, and postdocs thinking about what role science communication might play in their careers. I’ll talk about opportunities for science communication within academics and outside it, and share some suggestions for communicating science effectively. I’ll also discuss how I deal with nervousness, imposter syndrome, and other anxieties. Are you still reading? Wow. Good for you. You’re clearly cut out for the academics game, so you should totally come to this talk. There will almost certainly be high-speed videos of bats. That alone is worth the price of admission. See you there.

9:30 am to 10:45 am on May 1st, 2018 - IB150


Oral Presentations

Session 1: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in IB150

Cylita Guy, Biology
To the Batcave! How bat life history influences viral diversity

Justin Murfitt, Geography
Development of an Automated Method for Monitoring Ice Growth and Decay in Central Ontario

Daniel Nino, Chemical and Physical Sciences
Learning to Count: Molecular Counting from Fluorophore Blinking

Ahmed Hasan, Biology
Recombination rate variation in the unicellular alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Naomi Neufeld, Historical Studies
Maritime Archaeology and Digital Technologies: An Underwater Survey of an Anchorage at Maroni-Tsaroukkas, Cyprus

Session 2: 1:30 pm to 2:45 pm in IB150

Patrick Braszak, Geography
Silenced howls: The Nature Needs Half movement in practice

Nafiseh Rafiei, Chemical and Physical Sciences
Intracellular Reorganization of the Histone-like Nucleoid-Structuring (H-NS) Protein under Osmotic Stress in Ecoli.

Kamalpreet Singh, Chemical and Physical Sciences
Small Molecule-based Activatable Photosensitizer

Hisham Shokr, Geography
Mapping health facilities of the Greater Cairo Region: Challenges and Solutions relating to Data

Ashley Hogg, Biology
RNAi Screen to Characterize Shank Interactors at the Drosophila Neuromuscular Junction

Session 3: 3:00 pm to 4:15 pm in IB150

Adam Schneider, Biology
Variation in photosynthesis performance of parasitic Cuscuta

Mitchell Bonney, Geography
Monitoring changes in forest health across the urban-rural transition using multi-source data

Sasha Weiditch, Chemical and Physical Sciences
The powerful proteins that build nature's viral assassin, the bacteriophage.

Natividad Chen and Patricia Nguyen, Biomedical Communications
Kinundrum: A Problem-Based Multimedia Application for Undergraduate Kinesiology Education

Frida Lona Durazo, Anthropology
Insights into the genetic architecture of skin pigmentation in admixed populations

Session 4: 4:30 pm to 5:45 pm in IB150

Matthew Bergman, Biology
Elucidation of essential oil biosynthesis in rose scented geranium (Pelargonium sp.)

Erinn Acland, Psychology
Emotion Blindness and Aggression in 4- and 8-year-olds

Alexander Orazietti, Biology
Ligand-Receptor Interaction Dynamics – 19F NMR Studies of G-protein Coupled Receptor

Ishrat Maliha Islam, Biology
The development of Pm3 interneurons during Drosophila optic lobe neurogenesis

Dingyi (Alvin) Xiong, Geography
Sources and movement of perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in ringed seal foodweb of Lake Melville, Labrador


Dinner, Spigel Hall (Davis Building): 6:15 pm onward