***New topics added August 2018 ***

Culture


From Britain with Love: James Bond, the Cold War, and British Identity

Elyn Achtymichuk (Graduate Student)

Out of the rubble of World War II, the heroic figure of Bond rises to inspire and rejuvenate the British people in a time of social and political upheaval. This talk covers references to rationing, changing gender norms, and the global tensions of the Cold War. It can also be modified to focus on the relevance of James Bond films to present-day issues of gender and fear (longer presentations can begin with a screening).

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 minutes and up, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon and area)

Why does a book look like a book?

Jon Bath (Faculty member)

In this talk I'll give a brief introduction to the history of the book and the development of various fonts, and discuss why an Amazon Kindle looks nearly identical to a 13th Century Italian manuscript. 

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

The Language Centre and ESL/International Students

Lynn Bytyqi (Staff Member)

As an ESL teacher and student advisor at the Language Centre for 15 years, I’ve acquired a wealth of experience and knowledge worth sharing. I can present on the following topics: 1) an overview of the Language Centre, its programs, and students; 2) a cross-cultural understanding of ESL/international students, the challenges they face in educational contexts, and strategies to support them.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30-60 minutes, projector preferred, English or ESL audiences, Saskatoon)
 

Landscape of Desire: Sexuality and Territory in Contemporary French Cinema

Romain Chareyron (Faculty Member) 

I will discuss how LGBTQ people are portrayed in contemporary French cinema. I will more particularly focus on a specific trend of independent films that establish a clear connection between their representation of sexuality and gender and the locales where these narratives take place. In so doing, I will demonstrate how these films offer to rethink questions of sexuality, gender and identity in a French context.  

(suitable for adults, 30 to 45 minutes, projector required with cable to connect Mac laptop, English or French, Saskatoon and area)

Themes of Social Justice in World Religions

Heidi Epstein (Faculty Member)

This is a basic introduction to foundational ideals of social justice that many religious traditions have fostered from their very beginnings, but which lie outside public awareness and receive little attention in the media. Brief case studies from a variety of sacred texts and from contemporary religious social justice movements will be presented (e.g. from Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism).

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 to 120 minutes, projector required, English or French, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

*this speaker can also present critical perspectives on: religion and globalisation, religion and sexuality, the politics of sacred music, religion and romantic love, and women in religious traditions

What Is Islam?

Fachrizal Halim (Faculty Member)

Have you ever wondered what is happening to the Muslim communities across the globe nowadays? Are you interested in understanding the origins and development of Islam, its fundamental beliefs and practices, and its influence in defining Muslim cultures? This talk includes the historical development of Islamic ideas and institutions, and how Muslims have made sense of their life experiences by interpreting and re-interpreting Islam’s foundational ideas throughout time.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, requires projector and board, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

*this speaker is also willing to present on contemporary Islamic political movements, such as reactions to modernization and Westernization

Literary Topics on Jane Austen, Disability, and the Bible

Kathleen James-Cavan (Faculty Member)

I have expertise in the works of Jane Austen as well as films, videoblogs, and other spinoffs of her works in popular culture. I also research the topic of disability, both how it is experienced today and how it is represented in literature in English from 1700 onwards. Finally, I study the influence of theology on literature, and was recently ordained as a United Church minister.

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon and area)

Myths of Mother Culture: Daniel Quinn's Perspectives

Kalpesh Joshi (Researcher)

Ishmael, the book which won the one-time Ted Turner fellowship in the year 1991, questions our role as a member of living community on Earth and thus also challenges the way we treat the world around us. The novel is in the form of prolonged dialogues between Ishmael – the unusual teacher – and his student, a young man in search of truth.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 90 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon and area)

Vikings! History and Myth

Courtnay Konshuh (Faculty Member)

Everyone has heard of the Vikings, but who were they really, where did they come from and why did they suddenly start to go out on such destructive raids? This talk also looks at modern representation of Vikings. 

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 to 90 minutes, projector required, English and German, Saskatoon)

Back to the Old School: Public Schools and Early Hip-Hop

Amanda Lalonde (Faculty Member)

This presentation explores the role that New York high schools played in the genesis of hip-hop. Through an examination of flyers, photographs, record cover imagery, music, and film scenes from the 1970s and early 80s, I show how public high schools helped to shape hip-hop in its early years.

(suitable for Grades 5-12 or adults, 20 to 60 minutes, projector and speakers required, English, Saskatoon and area)

Women Composers in the Romantic Period 

Amanda Lalonde (Faculty Member)

This talk explores the lives and work of two musicians: Clara Wieck Schumann and Fanny Medelssohn Hensel. Each of these extraordinary women was fortunate to receive an excellent musical education. However, as women in the nineteenth century, they faced limitations imposed by their families and criticism in the press. My research highlights the originality and freedom of their music. 

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 20 to 60 minutes, projector and audio connection for laptop or CD player required, English, Saskatoon and area) 

Medieval Information Technology

Yin Liu (Faculty Member)

Many of the ways we store, process, and deliver written information were developed in the Middle Ages, between the years 500 and 1500. My research (http://medievalcodes.ca) explores the implications of medieval information design for the information and communications technologies we are developing today.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 90 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Reading the Bible after the TRC

Christine Mitchell (Faculty Member)

As the TRC has shown us, Canadian law and institutions are based on the erasure of Indigenous peoples. We can trace this erasure back to many biblical texts that call for the extermination of Canaanites and other "peoples of the land". This talk explores possibilities for reading these texts as settler-Canadians committed to the work of reconciliation. 

(suitable for Grade 9 -12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, computer and projector required, English, Saskatoon) 

Indigenous People and Canada from the past, present, and future 

Randy Morin (Faculty Member)

I am a faculty member with the Department of Indigenous Studies. I have many years teaching the Cree language and First Nations Cultural knowledge and awareness on treaties, spiritual practices, environmental and natural knowledge as well as healing decolonization for Indigenous peoples.  

(suitable for Grade 5 - 12 and adults, 45 to 60 minutes, projector and whiteboard preferred, English and Cree, Saskatoon and area) 

On Success, Failure, Resilience, and Pushing Limits

Shawna Pandya (Alum)

I will share my stories of success and failure, and how that’s helped me build resilience. I know you can be hard on yourself in a way that is destructive… or a way that is constructive. I'll communicate the value of setting goals, taking steps to reach them, positive self talk and mental rehearsal, and self control.

(suitable for adults, 15 to 90 minutes, projector required, English or French, Prince Albert or other Saskatchewan locations)

*this speaker is also registered with the National Speakers Bureau

Reading for Difference across the 4 Gospels (the Un-synoptic Problem)

William (Bill) Richards (Faculty Member)

Over the last 250 years biblical scholars have tried to clarify the complex literary relationship among Christianity's four gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - using a "synoptic" approach, by setting out their separate narratives in parallel columns, to assist comparison and contrast. Attention to "unparallel" material, however, might make for clearer distinction in each evangelist's literary style and narrative interest. 

(suitable for adults, 45 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Continuing Anne of Green Gables: Serials, Sequels, and Adaptations

Wendy Roy (Faculty Member)

Throughout the past century, the popularity of L.M. Montgomery’s 1908 novel, Anne of Green Gables, has rested on its status as a continuing story. Depending on the interests of the audience, this illustrated talk will look at up to three forms of continuation: serialization in newspapers and magazines, sequels such as Anne of Avonlea, and adaptation into films and television series.

(suitable for Grades 5-8 and adults, 40 to 60 minutes, screen required, English, Saskatoon)

Race and Stereotypes: Understanding and Addressing Stereotypes in Canada

Scott Thompson (Faculty Member)

This talk addresses the questions of “what is race?” and “how do we address racial stereotypes?” It starts out by explaining how widely held ideas about “race” are not supported by scientific evidence, and then explains the history behind the term, and the (non-race) reasons why Europeans were able to conquer and colonize the world. Special attention is given to Settler / First Nations relations in Canada, and “Indian” stereotypes.

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, range of possible lengths, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon and area)

Science and Math


Environmental Change in the Circumpolar North

Alec Aitken (Faculty Member)

The circumpolar North has experienced a period of persistent warming beginning in the mid-1970s. Permafrost thawing and loss of sea ice have contributed to natural hazards such as landslides and shoreline erosion. These environmental changes present ongoing challenges to the human populations of the circumpolar North related to: hunting and fishing, coastal flooding, and infrastructure affected by terrain disturbance. The speaker has given versions of this talk many times over the past several years.

(suitable for Grades 5-12 or adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon and area)

Introduction to Smart Electric Grids: Towards Efficient Utlization of Renewable Energy

Osama Aslam Ansari (Graduate Student)

Growing concerns about climate change have led to the increasing penetration of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar energy, in the electric grids. However, today's electric grids were not designed to cope with highly intermittent and variable renewable energy sources. This talk will explore the concepts of smart electric grids that can significantly increase the utilization of renewable energy sources. 

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon) 

Fossil Forests of Arctic Canada: Life on a Greenhouse Earth 

James Basinger (Faculty Member)

Fossil remains of forests that once grew in the Far North are evidence of Earth's evolving climate. Understanding Earth's past climate, and the causes of climate change, help us to understand the role the that human-caused greenhouse gases may influence global climate and ecosystems. 

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 30 to 45 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon) 

Science and Story-telling

Sandy Bonny (Instructor; Program Coordinator)

An earth scientist and literary writer, Sandy Bonny has a natural inclination to work 'science' into her stories. But how do stories work their way into science? Meta-narratives in science, including theories like plate tectonics, biological evolution, and climate change, form an evolving and adaptive framework for scientific research and problem solving. Sandy's presentation explores the roles of stories in science, alongside the science of storytelling. "Neat rocks included! 

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 30-60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon and area)

Plasma Physics in the Universe and on the Earth 

Michael Bradley (Faculty Member)

Plasma Physicists often call plasmas the "fourth state of matter" and boast that plasma is the most abundant form of material in the Universe. This is in fact true, and plasma dynamics play an important role in astrophysical phenomena. On the Earth plasmas have been harnessed by scientists and engineers for a wide range of important technological applications. In this talk I will highlight how the unique aspects of plasma properties and behaviour enable their various applications. 

(suitable for any age, 30 to 60 minutes, projector required, English or French, Saskatoon)

A Closer Look at Selenium 

Sanjukta Choudhury (Staff Member)

Selenium - humans and animals cannot live without it, and they cannot live with too much of it. In high concentrations, this trace element may cause severe health problems, difficulty with vision can be one of them. Our study shows that selenium preferentially accumulates in the eye-lens.

(suitable for Grades 9-12, 30 minutes, projector required, English and Bangla, Saskatoon and Saskatchewan locations) 

Why Does Earth's Climate Change?

Krystopher Chutko (Faculty Member)

Earth’s atmosphere is a dynamic system, constantly changing in both space and time. There is a tremendous amount of misunderstanding and misinformation about climate change. This talk will try to lay out our basic understanding of this issue, and whether we can do anything about it.

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

450-Million-Year-Old Animals of Manitoba

Michael Cuggy (Instructor)

A number of places in Manitoba contain exceptional soft-bodied fossils. The animals preserved in these locations can teach us about the history of life on Earth. In this talk, learn about these animals and how we find and collect them.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

Materials Science, Superconductors, and Solar Cells

Xiaoyu Cui (Faculty Member)

I can speak to a variety of subjects related to solid-state science based on the photoemission spectroscopy technique discovered by Albert Einstein. This includes specific topics in Materials Science (e.g. lithium, sodium, and phosphorous batteries; superconductor materials; solar cell batteries; what may be interesting for future graduate students).

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 to 90 minutes, projector preferred, English or Chinese, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Dark Matter and Dark Energy: How Do We Know They Exist and Why Do We Care?

Rainer Dick (Faculty Member)

Dark matter is the mysterious stuff that helps to keep galaxies together. Dark energy is a form of energy that accelerates the expansion of the universe. I will introduce the different astronomical observations which prove the existence of dark matter and dark energy, and then describe the many international efforts to observe dark matter in laboratories on Earth.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Origins of the Female Orgasm

Natalie Dinsdale (Instructor)

When we study the evolution of humans, we are often interested in the function or purpose of a given trait. In men, the orgasm has an obvious function in facilitating conception. In women, the purpose of orgasm – if there is one – remains a mystery. Several features of the female orgasm remain unexplained but new connections between childbirth, breast-feeding, and female sexuality are emerging.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Antimicrobial Use in Animals

Patricia Dowling (Faculty Member)

This presentation is on the use of antimicrobials in food animals and companion animals and the role of the veterinarian in preventing antimicrobial resistance while also protecting the health of animals and the human food supply.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 50 minutes, requires projector/computer, English, Saskatoon)

Introduction to Astronomy and/or Satellite Tracking 

Michael A. Earl (Instructor/Researcher)

Astronomy can effectively introduce the public to the scientific method because it is so easily accessible and offers everyone most of the original specimens first observed by the most famous of scientists, such as Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Gauss, and Hubble. With astronomy, the public can recreate and conduct the same experiments that revoluntionized our understanding of the Earth, the solar system and even the universe. 

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 45 to 60 minutes, requires projector, whiteboard/chalkboard, laser pointer, microphone (in large room) English, Saskatoon or within 50 kms)

Biodiversity - What's all the buzz about?

Jana Ebersbach (Researcher) 

Biodiversity is a big topic in politics and science these days, but what is it exactly all about and why is it so important? We will look at current and past patterns of biodiversity and understand how these came about. Then we will turn to the current dangers to biodiversity and understand how the on-going biodiversity crisis could affect our daily lives. 

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 30 to 45 minutes, requires projector, English and German, Saskatoon) 

Beyond GMO - Technologies in Genetic Engineering for Designing Future Food 

Joanne Ernest and Dorota Paczesniak (Researchers) 

There is a general feeling of mistrust and fear around our food - and strong opinions about GMOs. But what is a GMO? Why do we have them? Can we trust them? Let us answer these questions and more, and address some of the misinformation out there about food, biotechnology and genetic engineering. 

(suitable for grades 5-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector required, pens and paper, English, Saskatoon, willing to travel if costs can be negotiated) 

100 Years of Einstein's General Relativity: From Black Holes to Gravitational Waves 

Masoud Ghezelbash (Faculty Member)

We take you on an amazing journey through space-time since 1915 when Einstein formulated general relativity as a theory of gravity. Einstein's theory predicted the existence of black holes and gravitational waves. The latter were discovered in 2017. 

(suitable for grades 9-12 and adults, 45 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Energy Usage and Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

Kevin Hudson (Staff Member)

This presentation provides a global to local outlook on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, energy resources and consumption. The university has a stated goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% below 2006/2007 levels by 2020. Energy consumption on campus accounts for 90% of university emissions. This presentation outlines strategies for energy conservation and efficiency improvements across campus, as well as adding cleaner solutions of energy supply. 

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon) 

Supporting Complex Digital Communications

Nadeem Jamali (Faculty Member)

Although communication takes several forms among human beings and in nature, digital communication methods are relatively limited. This talk presents work at the UofS Agents Lab on supporting more complex types of digital communication, and their applications in areas such as crowd-sourced services.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, screen required, English, Saskatoon)

Power Grids with Renewable Energy Sources: From Monopoly to Democracy

Kalpesh Joshi (Researcher)

Electricity generation has been largely based on coal and oil with huge power-generating plants supplying electricity to every consumer. With the new technologies in power generation and electricity storage, it is now possible to generate power by smaller generating units nearby consumers. This can potentially place people in power with capacity to produce electricity and participate in electricity markets.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 90 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon and area)

Molecular Imaging - A path to early diagnosis of cancer 

Elaheh Khozeimeh Sarbisheh (Researcher)

Molecular Imaging can measure chemical and biological processes and currently is the only way to apply true personalized medicine. It can identify disease in its earliest stages, often before symptoms occur at abnormalities can be detected with other diagnostic tests. I will talk about my recent work in this area using zirconium-89 and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging, which is a critical tool for early diagnosis of cancer and improving patients' survival rate.  

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, projector required, English and Farsi, Saskatoon) 

Engineering Design

Sean Maw (Faculty Member)

I introduce the design process that engineers use to solve problems. We discuss the steps of problem definition, ideation, evaluation, selection, implementation and iteration - and how they relate to innovation. Groups should be a maximum of 45 people in order to facilitate a participatory activity where the audience is split up to work on a design scenario, based on examples of Indigenous watercrafts.

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 60 to 75 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Technology Doping in Sport

Sean Maw (Faculty Member)

I explain the idea of technology doping in sport, similar conceptually to drug doping. I discuss several examples from different sports, as well as the place of technology in modern sport, from an ethical perspective.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 to 75 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Biomedical Imaging Beamlines at the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron 

Denise Miller (Staff Member)

The Canadian Light Source (CLS), Canada's synchrotron facility, provides researchers a powerful tool for scientific investigations in diverse fields, including medical imaging.  This talk compares imaging results from the Biomedial Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beamlines at CLS to images acquired using standard medical and laboratory-based imaging techniques, demonstrating that BMIT can address scientific research questions for which other techniques fail. 

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon and area) 

Bats and You!

Vikram Misra (Faculty Member)

Bats are the only mammals that can fly. They have been around for millions of years and in that time have developed flight and other unique properties that let them tolerate viral infections that kill most other animals. They also live much longer than what might expect of small animals. We have so much to learn from them! 

(suitable for any age, 45 minutes, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon and Saskatchewan locations)

Materials Science and the Synchrotron

Alexander Moewes (Faculty Member)

Depending on the interests of the audience, I can speak to a variety of different subjects. This includes specific topics in Materials Science (e.g. synchrotron radiation, next-generation materials for computers, condensed matter physics) as well as general topics in physics (e.g. how an acoustic guitar works, the state of Canadian science, careers in physics, why it is fun to be a graduate student).

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 to 90 minutes, projector preferred, English or German, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Beyond Rocks and Earth Resources

Lavie Nguyen (Student)

People usually think of geological sciences as the study of rocks, minerals, and gas/oils. However, the application of these sciences is diversified and nearly endless. They relate strongly to other disciplines and are used globally for many applications other than exploration. Thus, I would like to present about the merits of the geological sciences and provide some examples.

(suitable for Grades 1-12, 30 minutes, requires projector/board, English, Saskatoon)

Trends in the Canadian Food and Beverage Sector

Michael Nickerson (Faculty Member)

This talk will provide an overview of the Canadian food and beverage sector, hot and emerging consumer trends, and opportunities for Saskatchewan to capture.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or Regina)

Endangered Poison-Dart Frogs: How to Protect Them?

Andres Posso-Terranova (Researcher)

Under the global wave of biodiversity loss, conservation policies are urgently needed to protect constantly declining amphibian populations. In this work, I show how modern DNA technology coupled with colouration analysis is a powerful tool for the conservation of these charismatic frogs, which are considered to be amongst the most endangered species of all amphibians.

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 45 to 60 minutes, requires computer/projector/speakers, English or Spanish, Saskatoon and area)

To Infinity and Beyond! The Mathematics of Infinity

Steven Rayan (Faculty Member)

Have you ever been curious about "infinity"? What is it really? How does it relate to numbers, counting, and the universe? Together, we'll not only find out what infinity is, but we might also discover more than one kind of infinity along the way!

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes or less, blackboard/whiteboard preferred, English, Saskatoon or Regina)

Engineers: Professional Problem Solvers

Robyn Reist (Graduate Student)

The career possibilities available to engineers are nearly infinite, yet we still often stereotype engineers as bridge builders and computer programmers. But have you ever heard of a forensic engineer, or a biomechanical epidemiologist? In this talk I hope to expand students’ perceptions of what engineers can be so that they can make more informed post-secondary education choices.

(suitable for Grades 9-12, 45 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon and area)

Contributing to Food Security by Improving Seeds

Tim Sharbel (Faculty Member)

An organism’s choice to reproduce with or without sex has long puzzled evolutionary biologists. Apomixis is a natural form of reproduction in plants whereby seeds are produced asexually such that a mother’s offspring are all genetically identical to herself. Apomixis represents a disruptive technology which could significantly change agricultural practices (e.g. fixing hybrid vigour in crops).

(suitable for any age, 15 to 60 minutes, projector required, English or French or German, Saskatoon)

How Big Brother Can Save the World

Kevin Stanley (Faculty Member)

The data collected about our day-to-day activities through technological means can be intimidating and overwhelming, but used correctly can also offer us insights into who we are. These insights can drive new methods of controlling disease, planning cities and understanding social interaction.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 40 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

*other staff and faculty from the Department of Computer Science may also be available through this speaker for presentations

Why Innovative Enhanced Tolerance Nuclear Fuel Should Replace Conventional Pure Urania Fuel?

Barbara Szpunar (Researcher) 

*available beginning January 2019

Numerous nuclear accidents clearly illustrate the risks associated with the present design of reactors based on pure uranium dioxide fuel with low thermal conductivity that deteriorates with temperature increase and upon further oxidation. Accident tolerant nuclear fuels, by allowing for faster dissipation of heat, delay fuel melting and have increased longevity due to reduced thermal stress, therefore more economic.  

(suitable for adults, 45 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

Why We Should Listen to the Plants!

Prakash Venglat (Researcher)

Plants have survived on Earth much longer than humans have. We depend on them for food, medicine and many other raw materials. We nurture, consume, enjoy, use, worship, and destroy the plants, but hardly listen to them. Listening to their developmental plasticity tells us wonderful stories of overcoming stress, their adaptive abilities, survival, and finding ways to thrive in new environments.

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon)

Genetically Modified Organisms: What Are They?

Sean Walkowiak (Researcher)

This presentation covers the basics of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). What are they, how are they made, who makes them, what are they used for, and what do people think about them? The talk can be modified to fit any audience.

(suitable for any age, range of possible lengths, projector required, English, Saskatoon and area)

Sports Analytics

Keith Willoughby (Faculty Member)

I have developed a computer simulation model to predict the outcome of professional football games. The model also determines the likelihood of any team eventually winning the league championship. The Canadian Football League (CFL) regularly features the simulation model results on its website.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

Horse Care and Management

Dianne Winkelman-Sim (Instructor)

People in the horse industry are subjected to a barrage of information from many sources. It can be a challenge to determine which of those sources are providing credible information. This presents the science of the horse so that people can make more informed decisions on the care and management of their horses.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Urban Agriculture and Urban Food Production

Grant Wood (Faculty Member)

*currently unavailable - new engagements available January 2019 or later*

Urban agriculture is the production of food (fruits, vegetables) within urban settings. This can be for personal consumption, donation and/or sale. Food can be produced on brown fields, undeveloped and developed city land, private land, front and back yards, school yards, church yards, roofs, etc. The speaker has given versions of this talk many times over the past several years.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

Social Issues


Fair Trade: The Basics

Nancy Allan (Staff Member)

Fair trade can connect producers and consumers, but too often the emphasis is on people in the affluent North supporting poor people in the South. That’s only part of the picture. The other, empowering, part is that it can help create the inclusive world we want to live in. There are competing labels, and consumers should know what each promises.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 to 90 minutes, projector preferred, English or Spanish, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

The 2016 U.S. Elections and Their Potential Consequences

Daniel Béland (Faculty Member)

This timely talk takes a retrospective look at the 2016 electoral campaign in the United States and its potential impact on Canada and the rest of the world. It focuses on the presidential election but shows that equal attention should be paid to congressional and state races.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, projector preferred, English or French, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

*this speaker is also willing to present on general topics of public policy, U.S. politics, and Canadian politics

5 Steps to Realizing Your Dreams

Marianne Bell (Staff Member)

We are all leaders - if not of others, at least of ourselves. As leaders, we have personal, professional, and/or organizational dreams, but pursuing them may be difficult. Turn dreams into achievable goals using five steps: visualize your destination, understand what it takes to get there, know who you need on the journey, recognize obstacles before they appear, and learn to adjust course as needed.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon or virtual)

Principles of Good City Planning

Jill Blakley (Faculty Member)

City planning is something that affects all of us, but that not all of us think about. What are the ingredients to creating a community that everyone can enjoy and that is environmentally responsible, exciting and attractive, safe, and sustainable long into the future? I can speak on a variety of topics in this area, including the importance of inclusivity and public engagement strategies.

(suitable for any audience, 30 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

Sexual Assault Law in Canada

Sarah Burningham (Faculty Member)

High profile cases in the US and Canada may leave Canadians wondering about the current state of the law on sexual assault. What does the law say about consent? About intoxication and sex? This talk will review the Criminal Code provisions on consent and the major Supreme Court cases on consent and sexual assault.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 20 to 60 minutes, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon)

Psychology of Safety: Know Your Limitations, Stay Safe and Healthy

Valery Chirkov (Faculty Member)

We all hope to stay uninjured and alive when driving, doing our jobs, working at home or being outdoors, but still people kill themselves and others in traffic accidents, and get injuries at work and even at home. Why are we sometimes so careless? In this presentation, I will inquire into the psychological and social limitations that sometimes prevent us from staying safe and healthy.

(suitable for adults, 45 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon and area)

What is Rape Culture? How Can We Transform It?

Justine Gieni (Staff Member)

Rape culture is a social system that normalizes male sexual violence against women and others through the exploitation and objectification of women and the perpetuation of toxic forms of masculinity. In my talk, I discuss examples of rape culture, examples of toxic masculinity, and ways we can resist and transform rape culture.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or Regina or Vancouver)

Introduction to Experimental Decision Making

Brianna Groot (Staff Member)

I introduce the fundamentals of experimental design relating to the field of social sciences. This talk presents an applied overview of the scientific method, and discusses problems that could lead to a flawed data set. Attendees will learn how to develop their own ideas into testable hypotheses, and to critically evaluate research.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

Finding Love in the 21st Century: Changing Ways We Date and Couple  

Sarah Knudson (Faculty Member)

The ways in which we meet and get to know potential romantic partners have changed drastically in recent decades. Technology, a changing economy and job market, and changing ideas about what long-term relationships and marriages should offer have all contributed to these shifts. What are the implications of the changes, for our private lives and for society?

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector/computer/whiteboard preferred, English or French, Saskatoon or Vancouver or Calgary)

Disability, Connection, and Community: Social and Legal Perspectives

Sarah Knudson and Tamara Baldhead Pearl (Faculty Member and Student) 

This presentation uses interdisciplinary and Indigenous perspectives to look at challenges that persons with disabilities face as they seek to form meaningful relationships in their communities. How are stigma and social isolation barriers to relationship formation? What community resources would best support them? We offer ideas and a call to "reconcili-action"by including their voices in research. 

(suitable for Grade 9 - 12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector and whiteboard preferred, English, Saskatoon) 

Public Procurement: How to do Business with Public Institutions 

Richard LeBlanc (Staff Member) 

Many business are interested in selling to or doing work for a variety of public institutions but the processes and rules are different from other client opportunities. This presentation seeks to demystify the frameworks under which these institutions operate and to provide helpful advice to businesses on how to increase their success rates when responding to opportunities.  

(suitable for adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector, screen, whiteboard (if available), English, Saskatoon and area) 

How Canada Can Address Climate Change and Achieve Sustainability

Jason MacLean (Faculty Member)

How can Canada meet its commitments under the UN Paris Climate Change Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals? This talk outlines the law and policy obstacles and opportunities in Canada today.

(suitable for adults, 30 to 90 minutes, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon)

Sustainability, Human Rights, and the Evolution of Corporate Law

Jason MacLean (Faculty Member)

Holding corporations accountable for human rights abuses and environmental harms is one of law’s most daunting challenges. This talk describes an emerging form of transnational corporate law capable of increasing corporate accountability and driving greater sustainability.

(suitable for adults, 30 to 90 minutes, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon)

Politics in Saskatchewan and Canada

David McGrane (Faculty Member)

I can speak on a variety of subjects related to Canadian federal politics and Saskatchewan provincial politics, depending on the interests of the audience. Topics might include electoral reform, political parties, elections, multiculturalism, childcare, polling, and political strategy.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 15 to 60 minutes, projector preferred, English or French, Saskatoon/Prince Albert/Moose Jaw/Regina)

Taxes and You

Devan Mescall (Faculty Member)

My focus is on how changing tax policy affects our decisions both as individuals and as corporations. While my research is primarily in a multinational setting, I am happy to speak on broader questions of tax policy or current issues. My goal is always to remove the complexities around tax to make it accessible and relevant to the particular interests of the audience.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

Leadership Lessons and Emotional Intelligence

Shawna Pandya (Alum)

Being a leader doesn’t mean being at the head of the pack barking out orders. It means stepping back to see how things might play out and really knowing your team inside out. It also means understanding emotional intelligence, the "mortar between the bricks" of effective teams. I'll draw on my experiences in medicine, space, Silicon Valley, and martial arts to discuss this subject.

(suitable for adults, 15 to 90 minutes, projector required, English or French, Prince Albert or other Saskatchewan locations)

*this speaker is also registered with the National Speakers Bureau

Science, Technology and Innovation

Peter Phillips (Faculty Member)

This talk discusses the ways we make choices about advanced technologies (e.g. new foods, production techniques, consumer goods). It also address the social and economic impacts of those choices. Depending on the audience, the presentation can be conceptual or case-based, general or technical.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Surveillance, Privacy, and Society: Big Brother to Edward Snowden

Scott Thompson (Faculty Member)

This talk addresses the questions of “what is surveillance?” and “how is it shaping our daily lives?” It starts with why privacy is important, and then discusses what surveillance is and how it is impacting us day to day. Special attention will be paid to social media, police carding, government surveillance, and consumer surveillance, as well as what can be done about intrusions to privacy.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, range of possible lengths, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon and area)

The Coming Demographic Shift: Human Resource and Career Pattern Implications

Rosemary Venne (Faculty Member)

This presentation begins with an overview of Canada’s changing demographic profile, followed by tracing changes in career patterns in the post-war period. Currently we have flattening corporate hierarchies, rising skill requirements, less promotion-centred careers, and lifelong learning. What are the best retention policies and leadership strategies to deal with changing career patterns, population shifts, and generational differences?

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 50-60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

City Planning and Inspired Urbanism

Ryan Walker (Faculty Member)

Cities are fascinating and vital to our society. This talk is about how good urbanism is fueled by careful attention to design, environment, social, cultural, and economic dimensions. Thriving cities require attention to each of these dimensions, rather than privileging one or two at the expense of the others. City planning is at the centre of this important enterprise.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Indigenous Urbanism

Ryan Walker (Faculty Member)

Canadian cities are on the traditional territories of Indigenous peoples, and treaty territories. It is one of the great strengths of our Prairie cities, though often not well understood. This talk is about how social and cultural programming, architecture, landscape design, public art, civic governance processes, and land-use planning can reinforce a strong Indigenous urbanism.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Evidence-Based Practice: Improving Decision Making and Problem Solving

Virginia Wilson (Faculty Member)

Evidence-based practice (EBP) integrates professional expertise, published research, and the needs of the user group in order to make decisions and solve problems in organizations. Any area can incorporate EBP into the daily workflow. This talk presents an overview of EBP, walks through the EBP process, and provides a framework by which you can streamline problem solving and decision making.

(suitable for adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon and area)

Health


AI and Robotics in Medicine: Will They Replace Medical Staff?

Abbas Al-Zubaidi (Researcher)

Artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics are rapidly developing areas. What will their role in the healthcare system be during this 4th industrial revolution? How far could we go with these technologies? Will they replace medical staff for nursing, consultation, diagnosis, surgery, or other areas? This talk will address these questions and highlight futuristic clinical technologies.

(suitable for adults, 45 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

Herbal Medicines: Do They Work? Are They Safe?

Stan Bardal (Faculty Member)

The use of natural health products (NHP) is a big business, and their popularity is rising. This talk will provide a general overview of the process involved in regulating NHP, as well as focus on the pharmacology (mechanisms of action, safety) and evidence of benefit (or not) for a number of commonly used NHP.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 40 to 60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon or Prince Albert)

How Drugs Work and Why They Sometimes Cause Harm

Stan Bardal (Faculty Member)

This talk reviews the general mechanisms by which drugs carry out their effects, both beneficial effects and side effects. By obtaining a better understanding of how their medications work, patients may be empowered to ask better questions of their care providers and play more of an active role in managing their health.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 40 to 60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon or Prince Albert)

Maternal Mental Health

Angela Bowen (Faculty Member)

Maternal mental health affects 1 in 5 women in Saskatchewan. I give public and professional talks about anxiety and depression in pregnant and postpartum women. I share the resources we have developed and discuss the changes we have made across the province.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon and area)

*this speaker can also present on Indigenous Birth.

D-Stress: Put the FUN Back in Life

Kathleen Brown (Staff Member)

I take the audience beyond the concepts of exercise and eating healthy to manage stress. I discuss the effects of stress on the body and talk about techniques (such as meditation) to prevent and minimize stress for individuals, employees, groups, and organizations.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 minutes, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon and area)
 

Well-Being, Including Sleep, and Its Influence on Leadership Behaviors

Erica Carleton (Faculty Member)

This talk explains how a leader’s own health and well-being, including their sleep habits, affects their leadership behavior. We will also discuss the potential impact of this on employees and organizations.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon)

*this speaker is also willing to present on general topics of leadership and sleep

Growing Older in Place of Choice

Roslyn Compton (Faculty Member)

The focus of my research is to find approaches to healthcare that support older adults to age in their choice of place. These approaches take an interprofessional approach, which values clients and caregivers’ independence and engagement in their care. It is important to see the client not as a disease or diagnosis, but rather as a person with experiences.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 or adults, 30 to 60 minutes, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

The Health Benefits of Having a Dog in Your Life

Colleen Dell (Faculty Member)

Ever wondered why you felt good when you were around a dog? In this presentation, learn about the latest science behind our relationship with dogs and how it provides amazing benefits to our health. We'll discuss both companion dogs and therapy dogs, and also learn a little bit about how humans are beneficial for dog health. A St. John Ambulance therapy dog will be on site to demonstrate.

(suitable for any age, range of possible lengths, requires pet-friendly location, English, Saskatoon and area)

LSD in Medicine

Erika Dyck (Faculty Member)

The word ‘psychedelic’ was coined by a psychiatrist in Weyburn, Saskatchewan in 1957. This province was once home to cutting-edge LSD research, including using LSD to treat alcoholism and as a window into the world of schizophrenia. My research looks back at these experiments to ask how Saskatchewan became an international hub for psychedelic studies, and what happened to that research.

(suitable for any age, 60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

*this speaker is also willing to present on general topics of mental health, history of medicine, reproductive rights, and history of psychiatry

3D Printing Your Body's Tissues

Brian Eames (Faculty Member)

Yes, people around the world are using new advances in 3D printing to build living tissues. I’ll go over the basic concepts of this approach in tissue engineering, as well as some of my lab’s work on 3D printing articular (joint) cartilage.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 40 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

How Nutrition Can Change the Behaviour of Your Genetic Code (for Health and Long Life)

Christopher Eskiw (Faculty Member)

The entirety of our genetic code (called the genome) provides the basic blueprint for what we could become. Although we cannot change the code, we can change how the code is read. My research in nutritional genomics focuses on how specific compounds from the foods we eat can change how our genetic material is interpreted, leading to increased health and longevity.

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, requires projector/board, English, Saskatoon and area)

The Gut, the Microbiome and your Health

Louise Gagne, M.D. (Faculty Member)

This presentation will outline recent research on how the health of the gut microbiome and changes in the gut permeability can affect overall health and influence the development of inflammatory and auto-immune disorders. The talk will outline strategies to help achieve a robust and diverse microbiome and to help correct abnormalities in gut permeability. 

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 to 60 minutes, requires projector, English, Saskatoon) 

Feast or Famine? The Impact of Diet on our Genomes

Zoe Elizabeth Gillespie (Graduate Student)

You are what you eat. For decades it has been known that altering diet (decreasing caloric intake) in specific ways can increase health and lifespan of various animals. Drugs, such as rapamycin and metformin, mimic this diet. However, the question remains; how do changes in dietary intake and its mimetics impact the way our bodies interpret our genetic blue print.  

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector/whiteboard preferred, English, Saskatoon, willing to travel with notice)

Immunotherapeutics for Immunologic Disease

John Gordon (Faculty Member)

We have found that we can reverse asthma and food allergies in mouse models using cell therapy, and shown that this is relevant also for allergic cells from asthmatic individuals. We are focusing now on translating this research into a clinical reality.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

The Internet: An Instruction Manual for Cancer, or Not?

Kristen Haase (Faculty Member)

Since the advent of the internet, more and more people use it to find information about health and illness. For people with cancer, who face a lot of questions, decisions, and unknowns, the internet can be a great resource. But the internet, and its use by people with cancer, can also present challenges. Is the internet an important tool for people with cancer, or something to avoid?

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 minutes or less, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon and area)

Should Dysfunction in Breast Cancer Suvivors

Soo Kim (Faculty Member)

An estimated 24000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in Canada in 2016; about 700 of these will be in Saskatchewan. Survivorship has increased but post-treatment shoulder dysfunction has become a formidable problem. Are there important musculoskeletal risk factors we can identify that may help improve screening, prevention and rehabilitation care for breast cancer survivors?

(suitable for adults, 30 to 40 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

What You Need to Know About Dentures

Rick Kroener (Staff Member)

As a dental technician with 35+ years of experience, I would like to educate people about dentures – the harm and the good they can do. As a technician, I see many things a dentist does not encounter. I also have seen people’s lives change and improve in ways most cannot imagine. This needs to be talked about!

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector preferred, English or German, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Saskatchewan Screening Program for Colorectal Cancer

Bernard Lawlor (Faculty Member)

The Saskatchewan Screening Program for Colorectal cancer has been in place since 2009, fully provincial by 2013. I will explain how to access the program, the response so far, and the expectation of screening on removing pre-cancerous lesions and therefore improving survival.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Where to Get Good Health Information from Websites

Cathy MacLean (Faculty Member)

*not available Mondays or Wednesdays, please make requests 2-3 months in advance*

As a family doctor with an interest in self care and patient education, I can recommend many excellent resources that people can access for credible health information on the internet.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes or less, requires internet access, English, Saskatoon and area)

Causes of and Exercises to Treat Urinary Incontinence in Adults

Stéphanie Madill (Faculty Member)

Urinary incontinence, and related problems such as urgency, affect a significant proportion of adults, both men and women. These problems can significantly impact individuals’ physical activity, mental health and sexuality. Pelvic floor muscle exercises can be an effective treatment for these problems.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, range of possible lengths, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon or Edmonton)

Exploring the Relationship between Nutrition and Body Composition

Marc Morris (Researcher)

What should you eat to get in better shape? The relationship between nutrition and body composition can be confusing. In this 1-hour seminar, the presenter details the most important aspects of nutrition when trying to alter body composition, demystifies nutritional dogma, and introduces the concept of “flexible” dieting.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 or adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, on campus)

A 'Backstage Pass' to a Kidney Transplant from One Person to Another

Mike Moser (Faculty Member)

Even after 20 years, I remain amazed that we can take an organ from one person, keep it alive, and then put it into another person. Many discoveries had to come together including surgical techniques, organ preservation, and drugs to prevent rejection. From the first call to the patient leaving the operating room with a working kidney, I will show you how it happens. I have been giving versions of this talk for 15 years.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 minutes, requires projector/video/speakers, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Saskatchewan Pioneers the NanoKnife: A Safer Cancer-Killer

Mike Moser (Faculty Member)

The NanoKnife is a new technology that can destroy tumors without the use of heat or radiation and therefore minimizing collateral damage. Safety around blood vessels, nerves, and ducts means hope for some tumors that were previously considered untreatable. Saskatoon is only the second center in Canada to offer NanoKnife to our patients. This technology will become an important tool in the fight against many types of cancer in the next decade.

(suitable for adults, 45 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Considering a Career in Research Administration?

Karen Mosier (Staff Member)

There is a need for individuals who understand the institutional research environment and have the skills to meet the growing needs of researchers. I will cover what kind of educational background, experience, and skill set is required to move into a research administration career path. More broadly, I will talk about how to move your career forward by developing your knowledge and growing your network.

(suitable for Grades 9-12, 60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon)

Male Sexual Dysfunction 

Andries Muller (Faculty Member)

General information about the management of erectile dysfunction and testosterone treatment for medical reasons. Sessions can be adjusted for different audiences. 

(suitable for adults, 15 to 60 minutes, projector required, English and Afrikaans, Saskatoon and within 300 kms) 

Safe Environments for Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities: Sexual Health Promotion

Lee Murray (Faculty Member)

There are very few services and limited information related to sexual health and children/adolescents with developmental disabilities. A project has been developed to fill this need. It is a community project with a number of partners that work together to deliver sexual health educational sessions to adolescents with developmental disabilities as well as their parents and their teachers.

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 45 to 60 minutes, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon)

Spinal Cord Injury and Electronic Implants for Restoring Function

Jonathan Norton (Faculty Member)

Implants to electrically stimulate nerves can restore critical functions after spinal cord injuries, such as bladder and bowel functions. We are implanting these into clinical practice and developing new devices that may allow for the restoration of other functions such as walking.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 10 to 60 minutes, projector or board required, English, Saskatoon or Regina or Prince Albert)

New Vaccines: Why and How?

Elodie Pastural (Staff Member)

Immunization is the most successful public health measure according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Every year, more than two million deaths are prevented worldwide thanks to immunization. Let’s explore what a vaccine is made of, how it works and why there are so few new vaccines released despite many promising discoveries.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 minutes, projector required, English or French, Saskatoon and area)

Antimicrobial Stewardship 

Shaqil Peermohamed (Faculty Member) 

Antibiotics can be life-saving medications when prescribed appropriately, but inappropriate prescribing can lead to secondary infections, prolonged hospital stays and increased costs to the health care system.  Overuse can drive resistance and increase the risk of drug toxicity and Clostridium difficile colitis. This talk will cover a history of antimicrobials, emergence and impact of antimicrobial resistance and examples of effective strategies to preserve these precious resources.

(suitable for adults, 30 to 60 minutes, interactive talks (clickers, polling software and mobile apps to faciliate engagement), English, Saskatoon)

The Golden Anniversary of Moving and Shaking in Saskatchewan

Dr. Ali Rajput or Dr. Alex Rajput (Faculty Members)

The Saskatchewan Movement Disorders Program was established in Saskatchewan 50 years ago. This program specializes in the treatment and study of movement disorders like Parkinson's disease, essential tremor and dystonia. The talk will cover how the program began and the contributions that people from Saskatchewan have made to research over the years. 

(suitable for adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector required, microphone, English, Saskatoon)  

The Earliest Origins of Health and Disease in a Person's Life

Alan Rosenberg (Faculty Member)

Most chronic diseases have their origins before the disease becomes apparent. There is evidence that genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors during pregnancy or in early childhood might influence the occurrence of disease later in the child’s life. This talk will cover current research that is investigating these factors.

(suitable for adults, 30 to 45 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

Accelerator to Hospital: Turning Science into Nuclear Medicine

Dale Schick-Martin (Staff Member)

A routine method of finding tumors within the body is PET (positron emission tomography) scanning. But this relies on "tracer" chemicals that are very short-lived. The radiopharmacies that produce these tracers are an intersection of physics, chemistry, logistics, and healthcare. I’ll discuss how these disciplines all come together to reliably produce these critical drugs everyday.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon)

360 Degree View of Cancer - Story of a Cancer Pharmacist Turned Cancer Survivor 

Amy Smith-Morris (Researcher)

As a cancer pharmacist turned cancer suvivor, Dr. Smith-Morris offers unique insights into caring for people with cancer. This presentation discusses important lessons learned as a patient that can be applied when providing care to patients. 

(suitable for Grade 9-12 and adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon and Battleford) 

How a Medical School Can Be Good for Your Health

Preston Smith (Faculty Member)

When you have a medical school in your community (your city, region or province), you are healthier as a result. The academic interactions supported by a medical school—from enhanced training and professional development opportunities to locally led and conducted research—create a culture of local knowledge and awareness that doesn’t exist when learning and discovery take place greater distances away.

(suitable for adults, 45 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon and Regina)

What All Diabetic Patients Must Know about Their Feet

Brian Ulmer (Faculty Member)

Many people with Diabetes are very likely to develop foot problems over their lifetime. What causes this to occur is an abnormality with the circulation and in particular various nerves to the feet. Appropriate foot gear and care can greatly reduce the risks of foot infection and injury.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

Neglected Global Diseases Initiative: Developing Medicines for the Developing World

Kishor Wasan (Faculty Member)

Neglected global diseases are infectious conditions that disproportionately affect the poorest of the world's populations (e.g. HIV/AIDS, malaria). They thrive in conditions of extreme poverty, and children are particularly vulnerable. The Neglected Global Diseases Initiative brings together a variety of fields (e.g. business, pharmaceuticals, social policy) to break down barriers to success in treating these conditions.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 to 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon and area)

Health Care Process Improvement

Keith Willoughby (Faculty Member)

Patients can experience long waits and delays in health care processes. “Lean” has been espoused as an approach to improve system performance. I can speak on the promise (and pitfalls) on using these approaches to analyze health care processes.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

How to Live to Be 100

Thomas Wilson (Faculty Member)

The “warranty” for humans appears to be about 85 years. Stretching this to 100 will be difficult, given the genetic contribution to longevity. However, we can increase our chances of reaching the “century” by proper diet, exercise, and detecting and treating cardiovascular risk factors.

(suitable for adults, 45 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

New Hepatitis C Treatments: Too Good to Be True?

Alexander Wong (Faculty Member)

The development of direct-acting antivirals to treat hepatitis C infections has been called a medical miracle. But many obstacles still stand in the way of worldwide distribution, such as high costs and difficulties in engaging with vulnerable populations. This talk will provide a history of the hepatitis C virus, an update on current and anticipated treatments, and a discussion of challenges that remain.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, requires projector/remote, English, Saskatoon or Regina)

*this speaker is also willing to present on other chronic viral infections (e.g. HIV, hepatitis B)

Education


PowerPoint is not your friend: Public Speaking Tips for the 21st Century 

Rebekah Bennetch (Faculty Member) 

Just because PowerPoint slides are free, doesn't mean your presentation should be full of them. This talk gives a quick overview of the discipline of rhetoric, and how an understanding of persuasion can help shape your presentation into an engaging and relevant talk that your audience will remember (and appreciate!). 

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 to 60 minutes, projector required and sound system for video, English, Saskatoon)


Canadian Children's Literature 

Bev Brenna (Faculty Member)

My presentations range from talks about the craft of writing for children, with a window into my own process, to spotlighting contemporary titles by other Canadian authors in order to build understanding about available resources. In addition to more general research on children's literature, I have completed comprehensive studies on Canadian graphic novels, verse novels, and picture books that champion local writers and readers. For more information on my work please see www.beverleybrenna.com.

(suitable for any audience, 30 to 60 minutes, projector, whiteboard or chart paper required, English, Saskatoon)

The Canadian Math Wars: A Disagreement over School Mathematics

Egan Chernoff (Faculty Member)

The Math Wars, Eh? Believe it or not, the teaching and learning of mathematics has become a staple of local, provincial and national media coverage over the last five years. The purpose of this talk is to provide an abridged version (5 years presented in 1 hour) of the recent heated debate over the teaching and learning of mathematics.

(suitable for any age, 45 to 90 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other locations in Saskatchewan)

How Can We Communicate Effectively?

Samantha Ekanayake (Staff Member)

In a digital communication era, social media and communication devices have led to overshadow and neglect the importance of effective communication. People who communicate effectively are instantly recognized as leaders. Effective communication is not an inborn talent, and can be mastered as a learnable, practical skill like any other skill. I will discuss concepts and rules of speech, speech delivery methods and styles, speech preparation and presentation. 

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 45 to 60 minutes, requires projector/internet, English, Saskatoon and area)

Excelling in Spite of Your Background

Linda Gorim (Researcher)

Who you are as a person is not only a matter of the genes you carry but a combination of factors including the environment where you grew up and, most importantly, how you see yourself. Success can be a reality for you if you fully understand your circumstances, set goals, and live in the realization that there is a legacy to pass on. This talk centers around my own life story.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 and adults, 30 to 60 minutes, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon)

The Effects of Physical Activity on Learning for Children

Serene Kerpan (Instructor)

My research focuses on how physical activity affects a child’s ability to stay on-task and learn in the classroom. In particular I work with Indigenous communities and schools to promote physical activity for learning purposes. My research has shown that physical activity integrated in the classroom improves learning outcomes for children from kindergarten to Grade 5.

(suitable for Grades 9-12 or adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Copyright in Teaching 

Kate Langrell (Staff Member)

This lecture provides practical information about how to follow copyright laws and guidelines when providing course materials to students. The presentation can be tailored to different audiences including post-secondary faculty and instructors, primary and secondary school teachers, and teaching assistants.  

(suitable for adults, 30 to 90 minutes, projector preferred, English, Saskatoon)

Undergraduate Research: Getting Started in Discovery

Kara Loy (Staff Member)

We help educators design research projects. We show students how to find and make the most of these opportunities. UofS students, for example, can pursue discovery first-hand by asking researchable questions, investigating, and sharing their findings (even in their first year). Many go on to present their projects at conferences, events, and as published articles. This commitment to undergraduate research at the University of Saskatchewan ensures a culture of learning and leadership essential to solving the world's problems.

(suitable for Grades 5-12 and adults, 15 to 60 minutes, projector preferred, English or Spanish, Saskatoon and area)

Instructional Psychology, Learning and Development

Simon McCrea (Instructor)

Instructional psychology focuses on the processes of learning in educational environments. It outlines the structuring and planning of instructional environments that help facilitate the attainment of subject matter competence in students. The focus of this talk will be to examine a few of the most contemporary models of problem solving in instructional psychology based on learning theory.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, projector required, English, Saskatoon or Regina)

Follow Your Bliss: Stay Connected to That Which You Love upon Leaving High School

Dean McNeill (Faculty Member)

This is an inspirational talk on what high school-aged students should consider when examining their options (university and otherwise) upon high school graduation. It is applicable to high, middle, and low academic achievers, and is not an attempt to convince all high school students that university is for them. The speaker has given this talk over 40 times.

(suitable for Grades 9-12, 60 minutes, requires projector/speaker, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Educating for Diverse Perspectives on Food Processing, Safety and Security

Venkatesh Meda (Faculty Member)

Interdisciplinary education, research and academic collaboration are in huge demand due to rapidly changing demographics, technology revolution and globalisation. In order to manage global food security, safety and quality, the education sector needs rapid adjustment strategies and new training opportunities, affecting both trainers and students.

(suitable for adults, 40 to 60 minutes, projector/whiteboard preferred, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Place-Based Education: The Community as Classroom

Dianne Miller (Faculty Member)

This talk is oriented towards teachers and in-school administrators. It provides a basic overview of the field of place-based education (PBE), selected examples of how it is taken up in schools, the benefits to students, its alignment with Indigenous ways of teaching and learning and ways the College of Education is fostering it in the teacher education program.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes or less, projector required, English, Saskatoon)

The New Old Education

Raymond Spiteri (Faculty Member)

I will speak about 1) my experience with using “new” technology for teaching, specifically the flipped classroom, team-based learning, and mobile apps for practice tests; 2) the impact of this new technology in terms of education and student learning; and 3) a vision for what the classroom of the future will look like and how we can start embracing it now.

(suitable for any age, 60 minutes, projector required and wireless access preferred, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

Struggling Learners with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Linda Wason-Ellam (Faculty Member)

Most children diagnosed with FASD struggle academically. These learners have a wide range of language, thinking, and attention difficulties resulting in low reading and writing achievement. Nevertheless, they can learn but they learn differently. My work shows success when multiple methods of learning are available, such as art, drumming, storytelling, singing, and visual aids.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, projector/whiteboard preferred, English, Saskatoon and area)

Arts-Based and Place-Based Education for Young Minds

Barbara Wotherspoon (Instructor)

This talk acknowledges the integral role of the arts, nature and contemplation in the structural and functional development of children’s minds. It critiques current education that individualizes and “separates” children from each other, the natural world, and their inner selves; and it envisions practice that promotes children’s natural tendencies for compassion, imaginative collaboration and instinctual connection to all living beings.

(suitable for adults, 60 minutes, no technology requirements, English, Saskatoon or other Saskatchewan locations)

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Please note that a speaker's willingness to travel outside of Saskatoon is often dependent on being reimbursed for travel costs. Also, do not hesitate to fill out the request form or send a general inquiry, even if you are unsure about meeting a speaker's requirements. We welcome the opportunity to discuss any possibilities.