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  • Playing Defence Thu, Nov 26, 2020

    Brian Boudreau, a native Nova Scotian, came back to Halifax two years ago after spending 20 plus years in Toronto at a top consulting firm. In this 40-minute interview, the award-winning market researcher shares his experience of working in two very different cities as well as his insights on how the province can leverage its competitive edge on the world stage.

  • Sciographies – Episode 21 – David Barclay, Oceanographer Thu, Nov 05, 2020

    In the last Sciographies episode of the year, Dalhousie University pharmacology student
    Gracious Kashéké tackles hosting duties to interview David Barclay for a change. When Dr.
    Barclay isn’t moonlighting as the host of Sciographies, he’s an associate professor in Dal’s
    Department of Oceanography and a Canada Research Chair in Ocean Technology Systems (Tier
    II).

    Having grown up in Victoria, B.C., Dr. Barclay spent many childhood vacations sailing along the
    West Coast. But it was actually a gig as a student researcher and a lifelong fascination with
    sound, music, and recording that led Dr. Barclay down a career path in physical oceanography
    and underwater acoustics.

    Now Dr. Barclay runs the Dalhousie Noise Lab where his team designs technology that can
    withstand harsh conditions to record sound waves from the ocean’s surface all the way down
    to its deepest trenches. His technology is an essential tool in the fields of naval defence, naval
    communication, and marine biology.

    Guest host Kashéké sits down with Dr. Barclay to talk about his upbringing, creative side, and
    research (including that popular scientific paper on noise in the ocean at the beginning of the
    pandemic).

    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-
    community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    For more information about undergraduate student research opportunities in Dalhousie’s
    Faculty of Science, visit dal.ca/science/urops.

  • Sciographies – Episode 20 – Sophia Stone, Molecular Biologist Thu, Oct 29, 2020

    In this episode, we interview Dr. Sophia Stone. She’s a molecular biologist and professor in the
    Department of Biology at Dalhousie University.

    Thanks to mentorship from strong female influences and unwavering commitment throughout
    her life, Dr. Sophia Stone built a career in science that can help society answer critical questions
    about the future of food security. Her research explores the fundamental principles that explain
    how plants respond to their environments and cope with changes. It’s an area of research
    that’s especially important today because producing enough food to feed the growing global
    population in the face of climate change is an urgent problem in need of solutions.

    Host David Barclay sits down with Dr. Sophia Stone to talk about her experience immigrating
    from Jamaica to Canada, her career path and research, and her passion for increasing diversity
    in STEM fields.

    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-
    community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    For more information on the Imhotep Legacy Academy, visit
    https://www.dal.ca/faculty/science/imhotep.html

    For more information about Women in Science and Engineering – Atlantic Chapter
    (WISEatlantic), visit http://wiseatlantic.ca/

  • Sciographies – Episode 19 – Tess Cyrus, Economist Thu, Oct 22, 2020

    In this episode, we interview Dr. Tess Cyrus. She’s an economist and associate professor with
    Dalhousie’s Department of Economics.

    Dr. Cyrus grew up in sunny California, just a stone’s throw away from Disneyland. As a self-
    proclaimed bookworm, she spent hours on end reading anything she could get her hands on.
    That natural curiosity sparked her desire to escape the American dream and experience life
    outside of the United States. She got her chance in university, when she studied abroad for a
    year in Scotland. While there, she had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe to witness
    other cultures and ways of life — and that’s when she discovered a passion for international
    economics.

    Today, Dr. Cyrus is an associate professor in the Department of Economics and her research
    focuses on understanding the forces that bring people together. She studies international trade
    and bilateral trade flows with an emphasis on how culture plays a role in these processes.
    As an educator, she’s also interested in designing and improving the economics curriculum. Her
    commitment to putting her best foot forward for students has been recognized with
    Dalhousie’s Faculty of Science Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    In this episode of Sciographies, Dr. Cyrus talks to host David Barclay about what it was like to
    grow up in a storied place like Southern California, why economics was the subject that
    captured her interest (after a short stint in chemistry), and some of her most recent studies on
    international trade and economics education.

    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-
    community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Sciographies – Episode 18 – Mark Stradiotto, Chemist Thu, Oct 15, 2020

    In this episode, we interview Dr. Mark Stradiotto. He’s a chemist and professor with Dalhousie’s
    Department of Chemistry. He has also won teaching awards and is the most recent recipient of
    Dal’s Arthur B. McDonald Chair of research Excellence.

    Dr. Stradiotto wasn’t planning on becoming a chemist until his third year of university, when a
    course in inorganic chemistry (and its professor) sparked his interest in the field. From that
    point on, he pursued chemistry as a career path and has become a leader in his field.

    Today the Stradiotto Research Group at Dalhousie specializes in the study and design of ligands
    — these are ions or molecules that bind to metals, and through that action allow the metals to
    react in ways that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. Ligands are incredibly useful in
    pharmaceutical chemistry, so some of Dr. Stradiotto’s innovations have even been patented
    and commercialized for industry use.

    Dr. Stradiotto tells us about his high-school years as a drummer in southern Ontario, his
    participation in commercializing research, and his approach to teaching chemistry to
    undergrads.

    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-
    community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Sciographies – Episode 17 – Tim Bardouille, Medical Physicist Thu, Oct 01, 2020

    In this episode, we interview Dr. Tim Bardouille. He’s a medical physicist and assistant professor
    with Dalhousie’s Department of Physics and Atmospheric Sciences.

    An early fascination with technology and philosophy sparked his desire to study physics. When
    he learned about medical physics — a field focused on the role physics can play when applied in
    health and medicine to diagnose and treat patients — he pursued it as a career path.

    After working in industry for a few years, Dr. Bardouille went back to school to get his PhD and
    worked towards shifting to a research career.

    Today his research in Dal’s Biosignal Lab explores how to capture and analyze imaging data on
    the brain signals associated with disorders of the motor system, with a goal of creating
    technology that helps improve patient outcomes.

    Dr. Bardouille tells us about his career path, his research, and his experience organizing a Black
    Lives Matter protest in Halifax that led to forming Dal’s new Anti-Racism Action Team.

    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-
    community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

    To learn more about Dal’s Anti-Racism Action Team, follow @AntiRacismTeam on Twitter or
    visit the website here: https://www.dal.ca/dept/hres/equity—inclusion/community-hub/anti-racism-action-team.html

  • Sciographies – Episode 16 – Hal Whitehead, Marine Biologist Thu, Sep 24, 2020

    In this episode we interview Dr. Hal Whitehead in his backyard, which overlooks the ocean in
    Herring Cove, Nova Scotia. Dr. Whitehead is a marine biologist, a professor in the Department
    of Biology, and author of several books. His interest in animal behaviour led to a scientific
    career studying the cultural lives of whales (even though his academic life began with an
    undergraduate degree in pure mathematics).

    He tells us about travelling between Maine, USA and England, UK while growing up, and how
    that experience on the eastern seaboard of the United States nurtured an early love of sailing
    that persists today.

    Now Dr. Whitehead uses his own sailboat to track sperm whales and northern bottlenose
    whales at sea for weeks at a time. A handful of graduate students join him to collect visual,
    acoustic, and biological data on how the whales behave and communicate with each other.

    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-
    community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Sciographies – Episode 15 – Natalie Rosen, Psychologist & Sexual Health Researcher Thu, Sep 17, 2020

    In this episode we interview Dr. Natalie Rosen, a sex therapist, sexual health researcher, and
    associate professor of psychology. She tells us about growing up in Ottawa, being inspired by
    Dr. Sue Johanson’s sex education broadcast programs, her path through university and grad
    school, and insights from her couples-based research on sexual relationships. Dr. Rosen also
    tells us about her knowledge mobilization initiative PostBabyHankyPanky.com, which boils
    down her research findings into short, informative videos that aim to help new parents talk
    about the very common sexual concerns that arise for both partners after having a baby.

    Sciographies is brought to you by Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Science and campus-
    community radio station CKDU 88.1 FM in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

  • Sciographies – Season Three Trailer Thu, Sep 10, 2020
  • Walking Gottingen 2020 Sat, May 30, 2020

    Welcome to Walking Gottingen. An immersive audio experience.

    In order to begin the sound walk, you should be standing at the intersection of Gottingen and Cornwallis on the right-hand side of the street (HINT; near the North End Community Health Centre)

    This project was created by Jayde Tynes, Francella Fiallos and Sarah Poko. Thank you to the community members who have shared their voice through this project so that you can have a memorable experience today.

    We would also like to acknowledge our funders the Inspirit Foundation and Halifax Community Investment Fund. As well as our partners the North End Community Health Centre, Mayworks Festival and CKDU.

    Enjoy your stroll down memory lane!