"Oh, The Places You'll Go"
Tue, Jan 29 2013
The Undergraduate Student Research Initiative (USRI) invites all to attend the inaugural Student Research Gala, a celebratory and networking event for Student Research, Scholarly Activity and Creative Achievement Showcase Week.
Connect with the future. Join students faculty, and post-secondary, community and industry partners at the student research gala event "Oh, The Places You'll Go". Keynote speakers include Dr. Jennifer Gardy, Dr. Ciaran O'Keeffe and Ceiba Association. A variety of Alberta-based organizations will also be hosting information booths.
Dr. Jennifer Gardy is a scientist by day and a science communicator by night. Her Monday-to-Friday job is as a Senior Scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control, where she leads a research group that uses DNA sequencing to study how outbreaks of infectious disease start, how they spread from person-to-person, and how we can use this information to control outbreaks and prevent future incidents. Every few months she escapes from the lab to work in science documentary television, guest-hosting documentaries including multiple episodes of CBC's The Nature of Things and Discovery Channel's nightly science news magazine Daily Planet. When not doing science or talking about science on TV, Jenn can be found writing about science, including work for the Globe and Mail and an upcoming books for Owl Kids, or teaching younger scientists to communicate their work effectively through a series of workshops she facilitates. And when not doing all of that, she's probably taking the dog for a walk.
Dr Ciaran O'Keefe, Senior Lecturer, Bucks New University, UK. An English psychologist specialising in parapsychology and forensic psychology, Dr. O'Keeffe has been involved with many unusual projects: the physiological effects of infrasound, ghost investigation of Hampton Court Palace, even an exorcism 'training day'. His paranormal research has focused on testing mediums and psychics in the lab and also field-work examining ghostly experiences, as well as psychic criminology, UFOs, Alien Abduction and 'Christian' parapsychology. Dr. O'Keeffe is author of 'Ghost Hunters: A Guide to Investigating the Paranormal', a can be seen on Living TV's Most Haunted and various National Geographic and Discovery documentaries.
Ceiba Association is an Edmonton based organization that works both locally and globally to empower youth throughout community exchange and education. Ceiba's projects and partnerships are rooted in five key values - community, solidarity, education, respect, environmental sustainability. And Ceiba is 100% volunteer run! Ceiba was founded in August of 2010 by a small group of passionate and determined MacEwan University alumni - all whom had formerly participated in a unique MacEwan University student initiative called Project HOPE. For ten years, Project HOPE operated within MacEwan's Students' Association, creating opportunities for over 120 students to come together in the spirit of community development and social justice. Students traveled every year to rural communities in Latin America and worked hand-in-hand with local organizations to build schools, maternity clinics, water systems and community centres. Ceiba was born in August 2010 and struck a partnership with MacEwan University to keep Project HOPE alive. In a short but powerful time, Cieba has grown into a dynamic and stable youth-led organization. This past year was an exciting one as 13 MacEwan students became the first Project HOPE team under the leadership of Ceiba to fundraise for and build a secondary school in Nicaragua.
Participating Partners Information Booths:
Alberta Foundation for the Arts
BioWaste to Energy for Canada, an Integrative Initiative (BECii)
The Business Link
Canadian Energy Research Institute (CERI)
Edmonton Research Park
Edmonton Social Planning Council
National Institute for Nanotechnology
This event is sponsored in part by:
Tue, Jan 29 2013
City Centre Campus
||Meghan Abbott, Research Office