On Systems, December 1, 2010

Systems December 1 2010 AKWASI OWUSU-BEMPAH: black canadians in the criminal justice system (criminology) MICHAELA BEDER: no status, no healthcare? (psychiatry) JORDAN GUTHRIE: peasant resistance in tanzania (political science) The evening featured special guest moderator ELIZABETH CHURCH, Kierans Janigan Journalism Fellow at Massey College and post-secondary education reporter for The Globe and Mail.

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On Colour, January 27 2010

Biphoton Wave Functions: Pictures from Quantum Optics Luke Helt, Physics Although explored by Newton as early as 1672, optics is still an intense area of current research. We can produce various colours for displays (with phosphors, or liquid crystals), reduce glare (with polarized sunglasses), and send information at high speeds (with fiber-optic cables and diode […]

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On Expertise, February 26 2010

The Last Man to Know Everything Jacqueline Whyte Appleby, Faculty of Information Alexander Pope advises us: “a little learning is a dangerous thing; drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.” Just how deeply do we need to drink to be an expert? And how have our expectations of these depths changed through the ages? […]

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On HIV/AIDS, February 10 2010

HIV: The Basics Wendy Dobson-Belaire, Molecular Genetics The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is one of the plagues of the 20th and 21st century. Despite many concerted efforts, no cure or vaccine yet exists. This talk will focus on the basics of the virus, how and what cells it infects, and discuss some of the current […]

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On Fidelity, November 27 2009

Fidelity in Nature Anna Price, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Darwin viewed reproduction as a co-operative process involving a male and a female, where mutual mate choice leads to the production of high-quality offspring, which benefits both sexes. However, more recent theory and observation reveal that there is nothing inherently co-operative about male-female interactions. In many […]

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