SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT SPEAKER EVENTS
The Science and Environment Lecture Series runs from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month from October to June using the Zoom Webinar format. The on-line format allows large numbers of CALL members to participate and access to a wide range of speakers. A Q& A feature in the Webinar platform provides an opportunity for participants to post questions for the speaker. These are addressed in a curated Q & A session at the end of each presentation. Feedback on each session as well as suggestions for improvement, future topics and so on can be left for the team organizing the lecture series using the Chat feature.
To contact us, please email Science & Environment Team
Upcoming 2024 S&E Lectures
5 Mar - Wildfire Management in the Time of Global Warming
2 Apr - Infectious Disease Pandemics: Historical Lessons and Future Concerns
7 May - Storm water ponds, effluent management
Wildfire Management in the Time of Global Warming
Jane Park has been the Fire and Vegetation Specialist in Banff National Park located on the traditional territories of the Treaty 6, 7 and 8 First Nations and the Metis Nation homeland, since 2011. She started her career with Parks Canada in 2002 as a park warden for Banff National Park and has worked in various parks from Vuntut National Park (traditional territory of the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation) in the Yukon to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve (traditional territory of the Haida Nation) on the northwest coast of BC. Her work in Banff focuses on the reintroduction of fire onto the landscape through prescribed fire, wildfire and fuel management, non-native and invasive vegetation management, and ecosystem restoration. She is an Incident Commander on one of the 5 Parks Canada National Incident Management teams and has worked on numerous large wildfires across many national parks and provinces in Canada. She was also a member of the first CIFFC deployment to the Australian bushfires during the 2019 and 2020 fire season. Her recent work includes raising awareness of gender and diversity issues within Parks Canada and the broader wildland fire community in collaboration with colleagues in various other fire agencies. (Photo courtesy of J. Park)
Infectious Disease Pandemics: Historical Lessons and Future Concerns
Infectious disease pandemics have shaped, and been shaped by, human history. Frightening diseases such as plague and smallpox spread widely as a result of both natural causes and human activities. Societal reactions included fear, discrimination and segregation, as well as efforts to prevent spread and ease suffering. As humans gained knowledge of the disease agents, they used them as tools for medical research, but also as weapons of war. The development of vaccines and antibiotics helped us to control and prevent outbreaks, at least in developed nations. However, the success of these medical interventions has also fostered complacency that may hinder efforts to prevent future pandemics.
Dr. O’Connor graduated from the University of Calgary with a BSc in Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology in 1988, and a PhD in Medical Biochemistry in 1994. She worked for a local biotechnology company until 1998, when she began teaching Biology courses at the University of Calgary and at Mount Royal College. She attained tenure at Mount Royal, and led the development of two university Biology degrees as Chair of the Dept. of Chemical, Biological and Environmental Sciences. She later served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology for three years, and Interim Dean for a short period of time before returning to her true passion, teaching Microbiology. She retired from Mount Royal University in 2023.
|Tuesday, April 2
|Online via Zoom
|Dr. Tracy O'Connor, Professor Emerita, MRU
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