PUBlic Professor Series: 5 Minute Edition

The University of Lethbridge, in partnership with Economic Development Lethbridge and Beakerhead Creative Society, are planning a community celebration to mark the official opening of its new Science and Academic Building – and everyone’s invited. The two-day event will take place Sept. 13-14, 2019 and feature a host of interactive programs designed to showcase the spectacular 38,500 sq. metre building, celebrate ingenuity, science education, research and discovery.

We will kick off our 2019/20 PUBlic Professor Series season during this sensational event, with a special presentation of the PUBlic Professor Series: 5-Minute Edition.

Although professors could be labelled serious, scholarly types by day, the occasion of the SAB Grand Opening has given them a reason to have a little fun while still imparting their knowledge.

In celebration of the grand opening, the University of Lethbridge will bring together an assembly of influential and emerging researchers, our faculty members, for a fast and furious version of our very successful PUBlic Professor Series.

The PUBlic Professor Series: 5-minute Edition, is designed to showcase the diversity of research interests within the University in an entertaining format. Each professor will have five minutes and 20 PowerPoint slides to do a presentation on their research. The slides will automatically advance every 15 seconds, requiring the speaker to keep pace.

“After five minutes is over, I’m cutting them off,” says Dr. Kevin McGeough (BA ’96), a U of L geography professor and moderator of the event. “That makes it fun because there’s a kind of panicked element to the presentation. It’s especially fun for professors because we’re not known for being concise in our comments. That lightning-fast approach makes it interesting for people to watch.”

Check out the list of confirmed speakers!

  • Andrew D. Stewart, Music | Digital Musical Instruments and Their Sense Organs
  • Carly Adams, Kinesiology | Oral histories, sport, and (re)imaging community
  • Chris Hopkinson, Geography | The eyes of ARTeMiS: Using lasers to watch over our ecosystems
  • Elizabeth Galway, English | Wonderlands, Neverlands, and Secret Gardens: The Importance of Place and Space in Children’s Literature
  • Gerlinde Metz, Neuroscience | Our Ancestors' Ghosts: Transgenerational Trauma as a Determinant of Health and Disease
  • Igor Kovalchuk, Biological Sciences | Cannabis sativa - medicinal applications
  • Jackie Rice, Computer Science | The Benefits and Risks of Artificial Intelligence
  • Locke Spencer, Physics | To the Infrared, and beyond!
  • Louise Barrett, Psychology | Human/Nature
  • Matthew Tata, Neuroscience | How to Talk to Your Robot: Using Cognitive Neuroscience to Make Robots That Can Hear
  • Michelle Hogue, FNTP | Bridging Indigenous and Western Cultures and Science through Community Based Environmental Monitoring
  • Monique Giroux, Indigenous Studies | Sonic Sovereignty in the Age of Indigenization
  • Olga Kovalchuk, Biological Sciences | Talk Title Pending
  • Robbin Gibb, Neuroscience | Building brains and futures: One connection at a time
  • Roy Golsteyn, Biological Sciences | Flowers in our Pharmacy
  • Shawn Bubel, Archaeology | Highlights of Alberta Archaeology: 12,000 Years of Cultural Activity in 5 minutes!
  • Trushar Patel, Chem/Biochem | Deciphering the communications between viral and host components

The details:

FREE. Everyone welcome. Seating is limited so arrive early.

Date: Friday, September 13, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. (start)
Location: Science & Academic Building (SAB) Auditorium (SA8002)

Hosted by Dr. Kevin McGeough, Archaeology & Geography.

There will be a full two days of activities, so come early on Friday, grab some lunch and attend PUBlic Professor Series: 5-Minute Edition! Additional details about the Grand Opening will be released as they are finalized.

Room or Area: 
SAB Auditorium (SA8002)

FREE. Everyone welcome. Seating is limited so arrive early.


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