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Research With Impact 2020 Virtual Lecture Series


Research with Impact 2020 Virtual Series Archive



Exercise and the Brain: Dr. Cameron Mang

Whether texting, swinging a golf club or drinking a coffee, movement allows humans to interact with the world around us. But after neurologic damage, like a stroke or traumatic brain injury, movement commonly becomes a major challenge. In this presentation, we consider how exercise has positive effects on the brain and how this might be exploited to increase neuroplasticity and ultimately speed up the neurologic recovery process.
(Recorded May 12, 2020)

Getting to Net-Zero by Mid-Century with Dr. Brett Dolter

Canada has committed to meeting the Paris Agreement target to hold global warming to 2 degrees Celsius or less. To achieve this goal, Canada and the world must reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to net-zero by mid-century. In this talk, Dr. Brett Dolter outlines the challenge of getting to net-zero GHG emissions and presents strategies the world can pursue to begin moving towards the net-zero target.
(Recorded May 19, 2020)

The Economics of Cannabis with Dr. Jason Childs

The legalization of recreational cannabis has been both a social experiment and an economic venture for Canada. Professor Jason Childs has been studying policy and market behaviour for the past three years, and this presentation focused on one of the major challenges of legalization pricing and taxation.
(Recorded May 26, 2020)

Stem Cell Research with Amy Zarzeczny

Stem cell research has the potential to improve a variety of medical conditions – but carries incredible risk. Even with evidence questioning the safety and effectiveness of these treatments, a global private market for stem-cell based treatments continues to grow. In this presentation, Amy Zarzeczny addresses the tension between creating effective policy and the need to provide better research resources for potential patients and their loved ones.
(Recorded June 9, 2020)

Surfing Troubled Waters with Dr. Shadi Beshai

When we cannot see clearly into the future, we have a particularly difficult time steadying our emotions in the now. Developing mindfulness – or the ability to pay attention to present-moment experiences with an open heart and mind – can help us navigate difficult emotions and clarify our values. In this presentation, Dr. Beshai discusses mindfulness, compassion, and other evidence-based techniques to managing distress during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.
(Recorded June 16, 2020)

Planet 9 or Planet Nein? with Dr. Samantha Lawler

Over the last couple of years, there have been many headlines about the possibility of an undiscovered giant planet in the outer reaches of our Solar System. But is it real? Dr. Sam Lawler will lead you through the wilds of the distant Kuiper Belt in a discussion of orbital dynamics, observation biases, and dwarf planet discoveries. She will show you the latest discoveries from a large international collaboration, including astronomers right here in Canada, and you can decide for yourself whether or not you believe in Planet 9!
(Recorded June 23, 2020)

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